BA Modern Languages: French

French is the largest constituent part of Modern Languages. We provide a lively and friendly learning community, offering an inspiring teaching programme driven by internationally renowned researchers.

Our basic philosophy is to ensure broad academic coverage with maximum choice. You can select from a wide variety of modules in most areas of French Studies: cultural studies from the Middle Ages to the present; literature and the visual arts; film; linguistics; gender studies and philosophy. You can decide to pursue a broad-based programme of study that includes modules taken from several of the areas mentioned above, or you can specialise in one or two pathways. You will become proficient in various spoken and written communication skills, including translation. Some of your classes will be with our team of native French-speakers and you will have access to the excellent facilities in the Foreign Language Centre. As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to spend a period of residence abroad in a Francophone country. You will also be able to join the French Society, organised by undergraduate students, and enjoy a varied programme of talks, films, drama and social activities.

If you choose to spend your year abroad in a French speaking country, you may want to take advantage of our exchanges with universities such as Rennes, Paris-Sorbonne and Brussels; or you might apply for a job teaching English under the scheme run by the British Council. Other students apply for work placements, which can be part-funded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme.

Degree programmes

You can study French through four pathways:

  • choose to study French modules only and graduate with a BA in French
  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree
  • with Arabic, Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Latin, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme