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BA (Hons)French

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French is not merely the language of France but one of the world’s most important languages in terms of speaker numbers and its role in science, industry and international diplomacy. Fluency in French opens up dynamic and fast changing parts of the world outside Europe, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as parts of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

A mastery of this language brings with it access to cultural products including world literature and cinema, but also important social, cultural, historical and linguistic debates.

At the University of Liverpool, we take a broad approach to the study of French. Whilst the perfection of language skills is at the heart of modern languages degrees in Liverpool, all our degrees demand a full intellectual engagement
with a wide selection of areas in French studies.

As a subject group, we have a strong interest in looking at French in and beyond France, with the expectation that students will look at French in the Caribbean, Quebec, Africa and Asia. In addition, we cover aspects of French studies from various historical, social, literary, filmic and linguistic aspects, ensuring that we not only teach traditional areas of interest but are committed to ensuring students understand better the questions that people are asking themselves across the French-speaking world, from Port-au-Prince to Paris, from Montreal to Marseille, from Guadeloupe to Geneva.

Subject is available through Honours. More information here

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Two language modules
Two foundational modules: Introduction to French Studies I and II
Language Awareness
One content module

Programme Year Two

Two language modules
Six content modules of which two are compulsory

Examples of optional modules include:

Church, State & Society in Modern France
Women & Society in Sixteenth-Century France
The Emergence of the French Nation-State
Introduction to French Cinema
Gender, the Novel and the Récit
An Introduction to French Linguistics
Manger! French Food and Culture
Paris: Capital Cultures?

Programme Year Three

Year abroad

Programme Year Four

Two language modules
Two applied language modules
Four optional modules

Examples of optional modules include:

Writing the Caribbean
Trends in Modern French & Francophone Thought and Literature (1939-1980)
Books & Publishing in France
French Travellers in the New World
Resistance & Collaboration
France, Europe & the World (1720-1830)
Sociolinguistics of Modern French

Career opportunities

We are justifiably proud of our excellent record on graduate employment. Our graduates go on to careers in all sectors worldwide. These include the media, industry and commerce, finance, local and central government, administration, translation, interpreting and teaching in schools and universities.

Many of our students also undertake postgraduate study, either in our own department or, for example, on a PGCE, translation or law conversion course. All students have the opportunity to gain employability skills and work experience and we work closely with the University Careers & Employability Service to ensure that the curriculum delivers the skills that graduate employers are looking for.

The year abroad also offers an excellent opportunity to develop these skills. Employers really value graduates who have an international experience as part of their degree studies and this is demonstrated by the wide range of local, national and international employers that our graduates work for. Sessions that our students have taken part in this year include commercial and business awareness, networking skills, how to make the most of careers fairs and employability workshops that include meetings with employers and language graduates.

In partnership with the Careers & Employability Service, we hold an annual Languages Careers Fair, which is attended by some 20 language-related employers who are always keen to meet with our students. The event is always highly regarded by those who attend. The European Commission visits annually to talk to students about translating and interpreting careers within the EU.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States