Course Overview

The MA in French is an appropriate means of achieving a very high degree of oral and written fluency in French in addition to developing competency in research methods and intellectual enquiry. It combines advanced linquistic work with in-depth literary and cultural analysis of France and the French-speaking world. It develops expertise appropriate to careers in secondary and higher education, the creative industries and other fields requiring high levels of communicative competence, intercultural awareness and critical insight.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr Philip Dine
  • Dr Catherine Emerson 
  • Dr Sylvie Lannegrand 
  • Dr  Máire Áine Ní Mhainnín 
  • Dr Maura Stewart

Requirements and Assessment

Literature and culture seminars are examined by essay. Language proficiency is assessed continuously throughout the year. An oral examination is held, typically consisting of a research presentation. A minor thesis is also submitted by students.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in French.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Next start date

September 2018

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Mode of study


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PAC code


Course Outline

The programme comprises individual modules taught by experienced staff with a record of internationally recognised publications. The seminar-based format allows the productive combination of small-group tuition and varieties of student-centred learning, including translation experience. Tuition consists of specialist seminars in each semester and a year-long translation class. Seminars may include the following topics: Autofiction in French Literature: (Un-) Veiling the Self; Critical Approaches and Methods; Literature of Francophone Canada; Literature of France in Algeria; Representations of the Islamic Other in Medieval France; Spirituality and Literature; and Advanced French Language Studies. (Not all seminars will necessarily be offered each year.) 

Together, these courses allow students to enhance and expand existing personal connections with, and insights into, French and Francophone societies and cultures. The specialised dissertation prepared in the second semester allows the student to engage in an individually negotiated project, which will generate a substantial piece of personal research.

The programme enables students to significantly develop their linquistic competence and analytical resources so that they may contribute effectively to professional and economic activities in a broad range of fields and/or pursue doctoral research in French.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required FR522: French Language I

Required FR508: Dissertation (Minor Thesis)

Required FR523: French Language II

Optional FR527: Critical Approaches & Methods

Optional SH505: Translation Studies I

Semester 1 | Credits: 15

  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module SH505: "Translation Studies I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional FR525: Representations of the Islamic Other in Medieval France

Optional IT555: Audiovisual translation: interlingual subtitling

Semester 1 | Credits: 15

  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module IT555: "Audiovisual translation: interlingual subtitling" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional FR528: The Literature of France in Algeria

Optional FR6100: France in the European Union

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

As well as developing advanced linguistic competence and inter-cultural awareness, the MA in French encourages transferable skills, such as information gathering analytical skills, presentational skills, time-management and project management.

Students are equipped to embark on a variety of careers, both in Ireland and abroad. Graduates have found employment in second-and third-level teaching, the media, administration, the cultural industries and journalism, and have gone on to do further research.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


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Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,200 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€5,976 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr Philip Dine
T: +353 91 492 391