You can study MLitt and PhD in French. Research strengths include Modern Literature and Thought, Comparative Literature, Contemporary French Politics and Society, Francophone Literature and Film, Medieval Studies, French Poetry and Cinema and Literature

The French Department at Aberdeen provides a stimulating and supportive research environment within a very dynamic and friendly Department, with a track record of excellence in research and a broad experience of postgraduate supervision.

We offer a wide range of specialisation for postgraduate research, leading to the degrees of MLitt and PhD. All full-time staff are active in research and research-led teaching.

We also welcome interdisciplinary research involving more than one Department: recent postgraduates have, for example, worked on topics combining French with Philosophy, English, Film and History of Art. There are important interdisciplinary research fora within the College of Arts and Social Sciences which are open to postgraduate students, as well as to staff.

Centre for Modern Thought is a broad cross-disciplinary initiative, whose aim is to explore the ways in which contemporary philosophy and theory can most effectively address ethical and socio-political issues in the modern world.

Centre for Early Modern Studies, established in 2001, was the first research centre for this period to be established in the United Kingdom.

Centre for the Novel, established in 2006, which is closely linked to the annual highly successful international writers festival, Word. The College of Arts and Social Sciences provides an induction course for new research students, which all our postgraduates attend. Students have full access to the resources of the University library with its holdings of one and a quarter million items. The Library has excellent holdings in all fields of French Studies. Additionally, it has built up particularly rich resources in the areas of emblem studies, contemporary French theory and French-speaking Caribbean and African literature and culture.

George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture

Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

Our Research

Main areas of research strength include:

Modern Literature and Thought (Nadia Kiwan, Áine Larkin, Manon Mathias, Edward Welch)

Comparative Literature (Áine Larkin, Manon Mathias, Bruno Tribout)

Contemporary French Politics and Society (Nadia Kiwan)

Early Modern Literature and Thought (Alison Saunders, Bruno Tribout)

Mediaeval Studies (Glynn Hesketh)

French Cinema (Katherine Groo, Bruno Tribout, Edward Welch)

Literature and Photography, with particular reference to Marcel Proust (Áine Larkin)

Women Writers in French (Áine Larkin, Manon Mathias, Clémence O’Connor)

French Poetry (Clémence O’Connor)

Urban Space and the Cultural History of French Modernity (Nadia Kiwan, Edward Welch)

Pierre Bourdieu and the Sociology of Culture (Nadia Kiwan, Edward Welch)

Migration and Citizenship in Contemporary France (Nadia Kiwan)

Photography and Visual Culture in Modern France (Edward Welch)

Literature and the Visual (Áine Larkin, Manon Mathias, Clémence O’Connor, Edward Welch)

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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Contact Details

Contact Name
Professor Ed Welch
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB