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French Research MPhil/PhD

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Overview

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.

  • 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: 12 permanent (all research active).
  • Current number of students: 19.
  • Recent staff publications:
  • Simon Gaunt, Marco Polo’s Le Devisement du Monde: Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity
  • Emily Butterworth, The Unbridled Tongue: Babble and Gossip in Renaissance France
  • Craig Moyes, Furetière’s Roman bourgeois and the Problem of Exchange
  • Sanja Perovic, The Calendar in Revolutionary France - Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics
  • Ros Murray, Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul
  • Patrick French, Thinking Cinema with Proust
  • Current research projects:
  • The Values of French (ERC-funded)
  • Casts, Imprints and Traces in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Deviant Speech in the Early Modern Period
  • Algerian women's writing
  • Representations of the Detective in Nineteenth-Century France
  • World History as World Court: The Theatrical Origin of Human Rights
  • The cinema in the work of Roland Barthes
  • 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

Department Department of French

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Description

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.

Students also participate in a full programme of training events run under the auspices of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training partnership, the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Students also attend the relevant training workshops offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, the Graduate School at King's, and the Institute of Modern Languages Research. 

Head of group/division

Dr. Siobhan McIlvanney

Contact for information

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

Contact email

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/Admissions-contact-form.aspx

Course website

ttps://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/french/research/index.aspx

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

French Research Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  
  • 2:1 first degree, usually in French (or in a combined honours degree including French)

  • and a taught master's degree with an overall grade of at least Merit.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Applications from candidates with other qualifications may be considered if relevant experience or equivalent qualifications can be demonstrated.

Application procedure

A link at the top of this page leads you into the Admissions portal. The ‘Student Funding’ section of the Prospectus will give you information on possible scholarships, including those available from the AHRC via LAHP (www.lahp.ac.uk). 

Before submitting an application, it is best to make informal email contact with a potential supervisor. Please consult the ‘People’ section of our website for details of staff expertise and publications. Then you can gain some initial feedback on your proposed topic, and see who in the Department might be best placed to supervise your project.

Applicants will normally be interviewed by two members of staff, one of whom will be your prospective supervisor. 

All successful applicants, in our department as in others, are admitted initially for the MPhil; most of our students reach a standard allowing them to transfer to the PhD in under 12 months (or part time equivalent).  This process is called ‘upgrading’ and involves submission of a dossier followed by an interview/discussion. (Find out more on the 'Research student journey' here)

 

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants are encouraged to approach potential supervisors prior to application. To identify a supervisor please see: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

French Research checklist
Personal Statement Yes

You can use this to describe your academic interests and skills (especially those that equip you for your research project), to explain why you wish to study at King's in particular, and to add any additional information that you feel might support your application.

Research Proposal Yes

A research proposal of up to two sides in length (plus bibliography). We recognise that this will be provisional at this stage – indeed, we expect your project to develop as you study at King's – but nevertheless we want to hear about your topic, your primary materials, and your proposed research questions, including an indication of how your work will be situated in relation to the existing literature. You should try to convey why you want to work on your topic: why it's exciting to you, and why the results of your research will be interesting to other people.

For advice on writing an application, please visit the following page.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References  Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Writing Sample Yes

A sample of your written work (in English or French) of no more than 5,000 words in length.

Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

 

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding applications deadlines may be earlier. We will open applications for the corresponding intake in 2021 after the final deadline passes in 2020.

  • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
  • April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students
  • October 2020 entry – 31st July 2020 for International students and 28th August 2020 for Home/EU students

Applications for 2021/22 academic year will open from October 2020.

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £19,850 per year

Part time tuition fees: £9,950 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees: £5,550 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,780 per year

 International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:  £20,820 per year               

Part time tuition fees: £10,410 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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