Browser does not support script.
Duration Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.
Study mode Full-time,Part-time
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of French
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Minimum 2:1 first degree, usually in French (or in a combined honours degree including French), followed by a taught master's degree with an overall grade of at least merit. Applications from candidates with other qualifications may be considered if relevant experience or equivalent qualifications can be demonstrated.
Before applying please consult the department's web pages to determine if we have a suitable research supervisor for your project. You will need to submit a sample of your written work (in English or French) of no more than 5,000 words in length and a research proposal of up to two sides in length (plus bibliography) along with your application. Applicants will normally be interviewed by two members of the department's staff, one of whom will be your prospective supervisor. Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate Admissions and Research Committee.
The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.
September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.
January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students.
Our department offers research strengths in all periods of French literature, modern French history and politics, Francophone literature and French thought. There are several active research seminars and reading groups in which staff and research students participate. We provide formal, subject-specific training and individual guidance on research methods, writing research proposals, applying for funding and presenting research papers.
Current students are working on topics across the whole range of French literary studies, and many of our recent PhD graduates have gone on successfully to academic posts or postdoctoral fellowships.
As a research student, you will have designated primary and secondary supervisors. Students will see their primary supervisor regularly, and perhaps as often as every two weeks during the first year of research. You will be strongly encouraged to attend research seminars in the department and beyond, and be expected to present your research in the departmental seminar at some point.
We offer a dedicated study space for our postgraduate research students on the fourth floor of our Virginia Woolf building.
Our students benefit from funds to subsidise student attendance at conferences, and to contribute towards research costs. We have exchanges at graduate level with the Université de Paris X Nanterre and the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon.
All MPhil/PhD students in their first year who have not studied literary theory are given the opportunity to attend all or part of the MA compulsory module: Reading Theory/Reading Practice, which looks at literary and critical theory through discussion of readings of literary texts, followed by discussions of key polemics and debates in critical theory.
Our students attend training sessions with specialist librarians at the British Library and the King's Maughan Library.
In the heart of London
Watch our video for tips and advice on applying for an Arts & Humanities PhD at King's.
Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Part time tuition fees - Home/EU
£2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*
Part time tuition fees - Overseas
£8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
Full list of student events
Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our guide in PDF format.
Start your academic journey at King's College London.