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French Research MPhil/PhD

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  • REF rankings 2014: The Modern Languages departments were ranked 9th in the REF's power rankings which take into account the quantity and quality of research activity and performed well in terms of impact with 100% of their research rated as having an outstanding (4*) or considerable reach and significance. 
  • Current number of academic staff: 15 permanent (all research active).
  • Current number of students: 13.
  • Recent publications:
    • Marco Polo’s Le Devisement du Monde: Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity
    • The Unbridled Tongue: Babble and Gossip in Renaissance France
    • Furetière’s Roman bourgeois and the Problem of Exchange
    • The Calendar in Revolutionary France - Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics
    • Work and Leisure in Late Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Visual Culture: Time, Politics and Class.
    • Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul
  • Current research projects:
    • Casts, Imprints and Traces in Modern and Contemporary Art
    • Medieval Francophone Literary Culture outside France
    • Deviant Speech in the Early Modern Period
    • Algerian women's writing
    • Horace in the Eighteenth Century
    • World History as World Court: The Theatrical Origin of Human Rights
    • The Cinematographic Imaginary in Proust
    • Queer Theory
    • The Politics of Racism in France
    • Colonial Education
    • Québécois film
    • Post-1968 French feminist film

Key information

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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of French



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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.

Course study environment

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.

Postgraduate training

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.

Head of group/division

Dr Johanna Malt

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

Approximately .

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • September 2017 entry - Application deadline: 30th July 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd September 2017 for Home/EU students
  • January 2018 entry - Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • April 2018 entry - Application deadline: 18th February 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees: £4,800 per annum

Part time tuition fees: £2,400 per annum

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees:  £17,850 p.a.               

Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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