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French at King's

The Department of French is one of the longest established in the country, and offers a range of courses which is both extensive and innovative.

92% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS 2015).

Modern Languages research at King's achieved a 'power' ranking of 9th in the UK according the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality and quantity of research across the UK's universities. The Modern Languages departments at King's ranked 7th in the UK in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 8th in the Guardian University guide 2018.



The Department is one of the principal departments in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities whose teaching and research ratings place it amongst the best in the United Kingdom.


If you join the Department, you will be coming to study in an environment which encourages excellence, which requires hard work, and which gives you the intellectual training and practical language skills necessary for a successful future career.

Undergraduate experience

Undergraduate study of French offers the opportunity to attain a high level of proficiency in the spoken and written language and a deeply enriching cultural and intellectual experience.

Our BA programmes incorporate the most exciting recent developments in francophone culture and thought. For example, critical theory and feminism, as well as the rich and expanding field of French cinema and francophone literature, can form part of your degree. You will also have the opportunity to study topics in history and politics alongside an extensive selection of language and literature modules.  These modules range from translation skills to a study of the genres of autobiography and drama, and span a variety of geographical origins from North Africa to Quebec.

As a student of French you are acquiring a range of valuable transferable skills: to think and express yourself independently, creatively and clearly, in English and in French.

Postgraduate community

IMG0302_studentsThe Department has an extremely successful and vibrant graduate student culture across the PhD programme and two MA programmes (French Literature and Culture and Critical Methodologies).


We have a strong community of research and MA students, research students with London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) funded studentships and alumni who all contribute to the field of French studies in the UK and beyond.

French at King's is recognised as one of the most prominent and productive places to pursue graduate study in the UK.

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