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French Studies

French Studies

Our French programmes offer a wide and flexible choice of modules taught by an expert team of academic staff.

In the School of Modern Languages our friendly, multidisciplinary team includes both French and English native speakers. We cover a variety of approaches to contemporary French Studies and focus broadly on the French-speaking world.

Teaching inspired by research

Our teaching is inspired and informed by our research interests. You will be taught by experts in the field who are helping to set the agenda in terms of the latest thinking and debates.

We provide a dynamic research environment where staff of international prominence work alongside early career staff. We are committed to supporting younger researchers.

Newcastle has long been an important centre for French studies. We have outstanding research in:

Our staff

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Undergraduate studies 

We offer an extensive and flexible choice of subject combinations. For example, you can: combine French with Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese; or study French with Business or Linguistics.

Masters' Degrees

Take your language study further. If you enjoy translating and interpreting, you can apply to study our Professional Translation for European Languages MA

We also offer Masters' degrees in Film and Linguistics. The Linguistics MA is administered by the School of English.

Postgraduate Research

We offer a one-year French MLitt research degree that allows you to focus on a particular area of French studies:

We also offer research degrees in Translation Studies and Film Studies.

Our MPhil and PhD research programmes allow you to specialise in French. You can also specialise in translating and interpreting.


We offer three MPhil and PhD programmes:

Postgraduate studies

If you're keen to further your academic research we offer a one-year MLitt degree. You'll focus in-depth on an area of French Studies that inspires you. It can be a pathway to more extensive postgraduate research as a PhD student.

Extra curricular activities 

There are lots of French-related activities to get involved in in Newcastle to reinforce your language studies:

  • film screenings and study days at the Tyneside Cinema
  • French evenings hosted by the local Alliance Française
  • opportunities in your final year to practice your translation and language skills in a professional context