The Department of French is truly diverse in its outlook and activities. Research and teaching in this subject engages with the broad spectrum of French studies, including:

  • medieval studies
  • Renaissance studies
  • the early modern and Enlightenment period
  • 19th-century studies
  • modern and contemporary French and Francophone studies
  • gender studies
  • postcolonial studies.

The undergraduate French degree offers students:

  • the chance to work with staff who are leading experts in their fields
  • a critical understanding of key events, texts and issues which have shaped the history and culture of the French-speaking world
  • proficiency in writing, translation and communication
  • a high level of oral competence and public speaking skills through weekly classes with native speakers
  • transferrable skills of close reading, visual and textual analysis

Students and staff are part of a close-knit, French-speaking community offering many extra-curricular opportunities to develop creative and professional skills. These may include:

  • debating and drama clubs
  • book groups
  • creative writing activities.

The Department offers taught and research Masters programmes (MLitt and MSt Res) in French Studies which draw upon the research strengths of academic staff. PhD supervision is available across a wide range of subjects, and prospective candidates are welcome to approach members of staff about potential Masters and PhD projects.

Why study French?

French is the official language in 29 countries spread across five continents. Studying French at University not only allows you to gain proficiency in the written and spoken language, it gives you access to French and francophone culture, history and values. The French Department at St Andrews is proud to offer engaging, innovative teaching, as well as a supportive environment in which to study.