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MA (French)




What will I learn?

The MA in French is an appropriate means of achieving a very high degree of oral and written fluency in French in addition to developing competency in research methods and intellectual enquiry. It combines advanced linguistic work with in-depth literary and cultural analysis of France and the French-speaking world. It develops expertise appropriate to careers in secondary and higher education, the creative industries and other fields requiring high levels of communicative competence, intercultural awareness and critical insight.

Course Outline

The programme comprises individual modules taught by experienced staff with a record of internationally recognised publications. The seminar-based format allows the productive combination of small-group tuition and varieties of student-centred learning, including translation experience. Tuition consists of specialist seminars in each semester and a year-long translation class. Seminars may include the following topics: Autofiction in French Literature: (Un-) Veiling the Self; Critical Approaches and Methods; Literature of Francophone Canada; Literature of France in Algeria; Representations of the Islamic Other in Medieval France; Spirituality and Literature; and Advanced French Language Studies. (Not all seminars will necessarily be offered each year.)

Together, these courses allow students to enhance and expand existing personal connections with, and insights into, French and Francophone societies and cultures. The specialised dissertation prepared in the second semester allows the student to engage in an individually negotiated project, which will generate a substantial piece of personal research.

The programme enables students to significantly develop their linguistic competence and analytical resources so that they may contribute effectively to professional and economic activities in a broad range of fields and/or pursue doctoral research in French.

Career Opportunities

As well as developing advanced linguistic competence and inter-cultural awareness, the MA in French encourages transferable skills, such as information gathering analytical skills, presentational skills, time-management and project management.

Students are equipped to embark on a variety of careers, both in Ireland and abroad. Graduates have found employment in second-and third-level teaching, the media, administration, the cultural industries and journalism, and have gone on to do further research.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€16,540.00 (US$ 17,841) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 September 2023


University of Galway

University Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (bachelor’s or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in French.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Galway

While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.

  • Four excellent colleges offering a wide selection of courses
  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
  • Study in a city regularly voted one of the world’s friendliest

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