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.

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Each master’s programme in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is made up of 60 taught credits and a dissertation worth 30 credits. Every programme has a minimum of 20 core compulsory credits in taught modules and students can complete the 60 credit requirement by selecting taught modules from all programmes in the school to build a tailored programme to suit their individual needs. Modules focus on developing advanced skills in language, literature or translation and students can select literature modules studied through the original language or international literature in English translation. Language specialisms in this programme are
currently, advanced French, Gaeilge, German, Italian, Spanish, and beginners and advanced Latin.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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 2021

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QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

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

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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.

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.

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Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,716 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

Please note:  The fee payable by EU students is listed under "Fees: EU".  This field is the sum of the student levy + tuition.  Fees are payable each year and are subject to change year-on year.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €3,500 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 €140

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)