French PhD

Research interests in French Studies cover all areas of French literature, culture and history, including Medieval studies, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century studies, French theatre, French cinema, travel literature, francophone postcolonial studies (including French language representations of India), modern and contemporary France, and sociolinguistics.

Why study with us?

The most exciting thing about my subject is the opportunity to explore and teach different ways in which the French language is used across the world.

Robert Blackwood, Professor of French Sociolinguistics
  • 1881

    teaching and research in French studies have been central to the University’s mission since its foundation.

  • 72%

    of our publications were rated 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' REF (2014).

  • 90%

    of environment was also rated 4* and 3* REF (2014).

Overview

Supervision is offered on most areas of French literature, culture and language. Library resources are excellent in these areas. PhDs submitted and awarded recently include:

• Family Feuds and the (Re)writing of Universal History: The 'Chronique dite de Baudouin d'Avesnes' (1278–84)

• Competing Colonial Discourses in India: French and English Language Representations of the Indian Uprisings (1857–59)

• After the End of Travel: Twentieth-Century French Travel Literatures and Theories

• Victim or Goddess: The Representation of the Indian Woman in Literature in French 1744–1930.

Facilities

The University of Liverpool has excellent research facilities within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. For postgraduate researchers, these include designated shared office space and access to a vast repository of sociolinguistic journals (including e-journal), through the Sydney Jones Library.

As a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool, you will become part of the Liverpool Doctoral College. The LDC supports all postgraduate researchers across the University to thrive in their doctoral programme with our dedicated team of esteemed supervisors, professional services staff, and student peers, ensuring that our students succeed in their studies.

The Sydney Jones Library is an acknowledged centre of excellence for collections of French texts from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Research groups

Research Groups and Centres

  • Migrations and Identities
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Postcolonialisms
  • Beyond the Text
  • Histories and Memories

Study options and fees


PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

Applications are welcomed from both full-time and part-time students. For research degrees, we would normally expect applicants to have a BA or BSc degree of 2:1 standard (and also an MA) in a subject relevant to the proposed field of research.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.


How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

More about applying for research degrees

Apply online

Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal


Related studentships: self-funded and funded PhD projects


Related Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships support future researchers with funding and a rewarding learning environment where you can collaborate with leading researchers.

Find a scholarship

We offer a range of scholarships to help you meet the costs of studying a research degree.

See scholarships