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 UK students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,500* (2021) £24,250* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,450* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
Part time 4-6 years £2,250* (2021) £12,125* (lab based programmes)
£9,225* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)

* This 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.

If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.


Entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT Overall 6.5 no band below 6.0
TOEFL iBT requirement Minimum 88 overall with L 19 W 19 R 19 and S 20
C1 Advanced CAE requirement Overall 176 with no less than 169 in any paper
Trinity College London, Intergrated Skills in English (ISE II)ISE II with an overall pass with merit in components
Cambridge IGCSE as a First LanguageGrade C
Cambridge IGCSE as a Second LanguageGrade B
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)Overall 176 with 169 in components
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)Overall 176 with 169 in components
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)Overall 176 with 169 in components

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.

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