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French and Philosophy degree in the heart of London offering a whole range of French and Francophone language and literature modules from Middle Ages to today available as well as, extremely wide choice of philosophy modules with particular teaching strengths in philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy.
Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies.
The year abroad offers students the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries currently including Paris Sorbonne (IV), Université Paris X Nanterre, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique), Université de Provence, Université de Montréal, Université de Poitiers, Université Lumiere Lyon 2, Sciences Po (Lyon), Université de Geneve, Université Laval, Université de Strasbourg. The year abroad also offers students the opportunity to work as an English Language Assistant on a programme run by the British Council.
Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King's are highly employable.
All students follow core modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.
One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.
The Department is ranked as one of the top-three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.
Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS, we came first in the Russell Group for Teaching Satisfaction and Feedback and Assessment; 99% of students report being satisfied with our teaching.
King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.
Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.
UCAS code RV15
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Joint honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of French,Department of Philosophy
French (grade A)
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A levels: AAA including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in French, or, take the DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2).
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in French.Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including grade 6HL French. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
The Department of French at King's offers the possibility - unusually, among UK universities - of study across the whole range of French and Francophone language and literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, and includes a year of study abroad.
The Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and Medieval Philosophy which are offered by very few other universities in the UK.
Most teaching takes place in small-group classes and seminars supported by lectures. Modules in the French language are focused on high level skills in written and oral French and involve intensive contact with native speakers of French. We offer specialised modules in translation, while training all students to write and speak French at a high level of sophistication. Modules in French literature, culture, history and politics are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their expertise in these fields, and aim to develop a broad and deep knowledge of French culture, as well as an advanced capacity for critical thinking and analysis.
All students of French follow a core language module each year and choose optional modules in the French language, French literature, thought, film, history and politics. Students on all French programmes take a balance of language and content modules. Modules are assessed either by coursework, desk examination, or a combination of both. The final classification you obtain for your degree is based on the modules you take in each of the three or four years of your degree.
Located in the heart of London, the department is close to unparalleled resources for students of French, specialist libraries, the Institut Français, unrivalled galleries, theatres and cinemas. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.
The single honours four-year French degree, like all other joint and major/minor honours programmes, includes a third year spent studying abroad. If you take joint honours in French and another language your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a country speaking your other language. If you combine French with a subject that is not another language your whole year abroad will be spent in a French-speaking country. We have exchanges with many different universities in places as diverse as Paris, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.
Currently, students study the following core and compulsory modules. We review our options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
All students take the core and compulsory modules outlined below.
French Core French Language Introduction to French Literature (compulsory) Philosophy Combined honours students choose from among our level 4 modules, which are:
In the first year combined honours students must take at least one module in history of philosophy, at least one module in either ethics or political philosophy, and at least one module from among Elementary Logic, Metaphysics I, Epistemology I, and Methodology.
One core language module and one compulsory translation module, plus two optional modules in French and four in Philosophy.
Core French Language
Translation into French (compulsory)
Death and Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700
Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature
French poetry since 1800
Comedy in French Literature before 1700
The French Novel since 1700
The Idea of France
Modernity and the City
Modern French History
French Political Thought II
Students take four modules from the following lists, with the requirement to choose from at least two of the three lists:
Greek Philosophy II: Plato
Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle
Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley
Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz
Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy
Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy
Political Philosophy II: Theories of Justice / Theories of Freedom
Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Logic and Language
Philosophy of Mind
In the second year combined honours students may also take one 15 credit module from among level 6 optional subjects.
Normally spent in a French-speaking country.
You take the core module and three optional modules in French, plus four optional modules in Philosophy.
The Stylistics of Translation
Medieval Occitan Literature
Sixteenth-century Encounters with the New World
Recent French Thought
Contemporary Women's Writing in French
Images of Algeria
Contemporary French Film
Shadows of Enlightenment
French Feminist Writing
Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide
Desire and the Family in 19th-century French literature
Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents
Citizenship and Exclusion: Theories and Practices
Satire in Early Modern France
Mind and World in Twentieth-Century French Poetry
Philosophy Please note that not all Level 6 options are offered each year:
19th Century Continental Philosophy 20th Century Continental Philosophy Advanced Logic modules Aesthetics Dissertation Ethics of Science & Technology Formal Semantics Formal Syntax Foundations of Analytic Philosophy Gender & Philosophy Greek Philosophical Texts Hellenistic Philosophy Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox schools Kant Medieval Philosophy Modal Logic Moral Normativity Neoplatonism Philosophy of Biology Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics Philosophy of Psychology Philosophy of Psychology II Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Science Scepticism Set Theory Topics in Greek Philosophy Topics in Metaphysics Topics in Modern Philosophy Topics in Philosophy of Mind Topics in Political Philosophy Utilitarianism
Many students remain to pursue graduate degrees whilst others go on to take further training in law, finance or the media. A wealth of opportunities are open to French graduates and King’s has an excellent record for employment after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French graduates from King’s are in strong demand in today’s job market.
Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Lecturer, Goldsmiths College • Medical Recruitment Administrator, London Deanery • Research Fellow, University of Oxford • International Data Clerk, ES-Three • Recruitment Consultant, Chapman Black • Tenant Manager, Regents Group
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is £1,350 p.a.*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is 1/3 of the full-year fee p.a.**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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