Introduction

French at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation with a top rating for teaching. This broad, flexible and diverse programme covers language, literature, history and culture, with five or four-year options, study periods abroad and many subject combinations for which a major European language adds huge advantage in today's world.

This programme is studied on campus.

French at Aberdeen has a long-standing reputation for teaching and research, exploring topics from the Middle Ages to the present day and the Caribbean to North Africa.

You can study our undergraduate language courses at all levels, adding courses covering film, contemporary civilization, history and culture.

Our flexible courses also invite you to combine French studies with almost any other subject, so you can tailor your degree to suit your own particular needs and interests. You will add to your growing language skills with courses in film, contemporary civilization and culture, Francophone and post-colonial studies, philosophy, history, sociology, linguistics, theatre and most genres and periods of literature from the middle ages to the present day.

You will be taught by staff recognised internationally for their research, from Medieval Studies to the politics of culture and difference in contemporary France.

Single Honours in French Studies, and most Joint Honours with French are available either as Mode A degrees (5 years) including a full academic year spent in a French-speaking country, or as Mode B degrees (4 years) including half a year spent in a French-speaking country. For both Mode A and Mode B, the first and second year is identical, so you do not need to decide between Mode A and Mode B until the December of the second year. We strongly recommend that you apply for the Mode A option.

At Aberdeen, you will thrive in our friendly and dynamic international community, on our beautiful medieval campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure and the many opportunities to develop extra skills and interests. You will gain a competitive advantage in whichever career path you choose.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
R101

What You'll Study

French at Aberdeen is a diverse programme and you will have the opportunity to study various aspects of French and Francophone culture, literature and language. You will develop advanced communication skills that will help you prepare for careers in a wide variety of industries. Throughout the programme, you will study topics such as modern French culture, literature and society, film and society, French national identity and French linguistics.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008)

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve. It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it. If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

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Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Beginner

  • FR1028: Beginners French Language 1
  • FR1528: Beginners French Language 2
  • FR1021: Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 AND/OR FR1527: Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France in Context

Qualified

  • FR1029: Qualified French Language 1
  • FR1529: Qualified French Language 2
  • FR1022: Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 AND/OR FR1526: Literature and Culture of Modern France in Context

Plus select further credit points from courses of choice to gain a total of 120 credits.

Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1021) - 15 Credit Points

This course offers students who are registered for the Beginners' course in French language an introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France. The texts will be studied in translation or with subtitles.

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Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1022) - 15 Credit Points

This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge French language an introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France.

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Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France In Context (FR1527) - 15 Credit Points

This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an advanced introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism. Written texts will be studied in translation or with vocabulary help and films will be studied with subtitles.

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Literature and Culture of Modern France in Context (FR1526) - 15 Credit Points

This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge French language an advanced introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism.

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Year 2

Year 2

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Ex-beginner

  • Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (FR2012)
  • Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (FR2512)

Plus, select one of the following:

  • FR 2014 Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society AND/OR FR 2514 Introduction to French Identities: Centre and Periphery
  • FR 2014 Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society AND FR 2510 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • **FR 2514 Introduction to French Identities: Centre and Periphery AND FR 2510 Introduction to French Linguistics

Qualified

  • Advanced French Language 1 (FR2002)
  • Advanced French Language 2 (FR2502)

Plus, select one of the following:

  • French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) AND French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2513)
  • French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) AND Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510)
  • **French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2513) AND Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510)

Both options will select further credit points from courses of choice to gain a total of 120 credits.

NOTE: ** Level 2 students opting to take the combination FR 2513/FR 2514 and FR 2510 should be aware the credit weighting will be 45 credits in the first half session and 75 credits in the second half session as opposed to the standard 60/60. This will result in a heavier workload in the second half session.

Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (FR2012) - 15 Credit Points

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1523. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (along with FR2512) that has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

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Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2014) - 15 Credit Points

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

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Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (FR2512) - 15 Credit Points

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2012. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2012) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

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Introduction to French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2514) - 15 Credit Points

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

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Advanced French Language 1 (FR2002) - 15 Credit Points

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1524. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (with FR2502) that one has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

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Advanced French Language 2 (FR2502) - 15 Credit Points

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2002. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2002) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

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French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) - 15 Credit Points

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

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Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510) - 15 Credit Points

This course will look at

- the French sound system (with the spin-off of helping you to improve your pronunciation).

- word meaning and also speaker meaning (what a speaker means by, e.g., "were you born in a barn?")

- how new words are formed

- how sentences can be analysed

- how French has developed from the Middle Ages up to the present

- how French spread throughout the world (including French-based creoles)

- how French varies according to the person using the language, and the purpose for which they are using it

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French Identities Centre and Periphery (FR2513) - 15 Credit Points

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

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Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Second half-session spent in a French-speaking country.

Junior Honours French Language (FR3089) - 15 Credit Points

This Junior Honours French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512, runs over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Junior Honours degree in French students.

Building on the skills gained during their first two years of study of French, this course will improve the students' French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

It carries 15 credits and is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments.

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Level 3 French Language 7 (FR3508) - 15 Credit Points

This course is open only to mode B Junior Honours students of French fulfilling their residence abroad requirements in a French-speaking country. An intensive programme of written language exercises is designed to develop competence in a variety of different registers.

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Optional Courses

Plus 45 credit points of level 3 French courses, plus 15 credit points from courses of choice (all to be taken in the first half-session).

Year 4

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Senior Honours French Language (FR4089) - 30 Credit Points

This Senior Honours French language course, whose prerequisite is the Junior Honours French Language course, is run over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Senior Honours degree in French students.

Building on the skills gained in their third year of study of French, this course will help the students' French language gain very high skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

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Dissertation in French (FR4097) - 15 Credit Points

Candidates will write a dissertation of 8,000 words on a subject to be decided in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator, to be researched and written (under supervision by a member of staff) in the second half session of Junior Honours, and submitted at the beginning of Senior Honours.

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Optional Courses

Select 45 credit points of level 4 French courses, plus 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Language courses are taught in small groups while literature and culture courses are taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials. Courses in first and second year are assessed by end-of-course examination. Good coursework can lead to exemption from the examination with the exception of the beginners' language by continuous assessment and language courses by final examinations.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Further Information

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How the programme is taught

The typical time spent in scheduled learning activities (lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals), independent self-study or placement is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

How the programme is assessed

The typical percentage of assessment methods broken down by written examination, coursework or practical exams is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

Year 1

Learning Method
scheduled: 25%
independent: 75%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 55%
coursework: 34%
practical: 11%

Year 2

Learning Method
scheduled: 19%
independent: 81%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 57%
coursework: 29%
practical: 14%

Year 3

Learning Method
scheduled: 14%
independent: 86%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 25%
coursework: 72%
practical: 3%

Year 4

Learning Method
scheduled: 14%
independent: 86%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 20%
coursework: 80%
practical: 0%

Why Study French Studies?

  • The highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment.
  • International recognition as a centre for study and research in French, with research covering not only France, but also French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean.
  • A vibrant, international community on campus and across Aberdeen and north-east Scotland, with many French and French-speaking students, staff and activities on campus.
  • A dynamic French Society that organises social and topical events throughout the year.
  • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, with top-class study facilities, state-of-the-art technology and a first-class collection of French books and films.
  • A packed campus programme of student and public events, exhibitions, seminars, invited speakers and the popular annual May Festival which welcomes international figures, experts, authors and scientists to campus every spring, with an increasingly European theme to topical discussion and debate.
  • Your year abroad as a Language Assistant or visiting student at locations including Lyon, Rennes, Grenoble, Réunion, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne, the IFP (Institute of French Petroleum) School in Paris and the Club des Langues in Anglet.  

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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


General Entry Requirements

2020 Entry

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2020/21
International Students £17,200
Students Admitted in 2020/21

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The University of Aberdeen places a strong emphasis on applied learning and the language skills that you will gain from this programme will help you meet the needs of employers in a range of careers. Our previous graduates have gone on to make direct use of their language skills in careers like teaching, export and the tourist industry. Other graduates use the communication, analytical and evaluation skills that they have learned from the programme in a variety of related industries.

French Teaching Quality 'Excellent'

Rated 'Excellent' in the most recent national Teaching Quality Assessment

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

World Class Facilities

Based at the University's School of Language and Literature, you will have access to several specialist research centres. The centres bring together groups of scholars from a range of academic disciplines and foster links with other universities. You will also have access to our Language Centre, where you can advance your listening and speaking skills.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX