By studying French at St Andrews, you will be given direct access to French and francophone culture, history and values. You will explore all the debates, contradictions and extraordinary creativity that characterise contemporary France and the French-speaking world. You will be offered a broad view of French and francophone literature, civilisation and culture, and will be able to shape your degree according to your specific interests.

French courses use communicative, integrated methods, allowing you to develop a high level of competency in language skills, alongside cultural awareness and other crucial transferable skills.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

French MA (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take French MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree, Modern Language degree, or "with" degree.

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Modern Languages MLitt
Crossways in Cultural Narratives Erasmus Mundus MLitt

Research degree

The School of Modern Languages offers a Master of Studies by Research (MSt (Res). Find out more about the MSt (Res)


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

Student life

The Department of French is small enough to allow for close cooperation and contact between staff and students, yet large enough to offer a wide range of modules in subjects as diverse as language, literature, intellectual history, contemporary society and francophone studies. The presence of a number of native speakers, both among the staff and the student body, makes French a truly living language and medium of communication within the Department.

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If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day or talk and tour to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Wednesday 8 April 2020
  • Wednesday 15 April 2020

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French research areas

Research in the Department of French ranges across linguistics, film, cultural studies and literature. It spans periods from the Middles Ages to the present and extends beyond France to include francophone Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

Careers for graduates in French

An ability in languages is increasingly valued by employers across all sectors, including industry and business. They recognise that a modern languages degree shows wide cultural experience as well as other personal transferable skills needed in employment.

Your choices go beyond specialist occupations, like interpreting, translation and language teaching. There are many opportunities in hundreds of industries for people with language skills at all levels. This is particularly the case for graduates who enter industry, business, or some areas of finance or journalism.

Previous French graduates have found positions as:

  • senior manager in management consulting
  • teacher of English as a foreign language
  • senior producer in journalism
  • translator
  • account coordinator in insurance
  • editorial assistant in publishing
  • development coordinator in charity.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Employable skills

By studying a degree in French, you will gain the following skills:

  • read, write, listen to and speak in the French language
  • effectively use reference materials
  • develop analytical, critical and specialist skills that can be used in other settings
  • appreciation and openness towards other cultures
  • deploy skills in ICT, note taking and summarising, library research, mediation, analysis and problem solving.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective students at all levels of study. 


Find out about undergraduate funding opportunities offered by the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate scholarships


The School of Modern Languages is currently offering the following scholarships for applicants to MLitt language programmes:

  • two Santander scholarships worth £5,000 each, available to those resident in a country within the Santander universities network
  • two Forum for Modern Language Studies scholarships worth £9,000.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

The School of Modern Languages offers a number of PhD scholarships and funding opportunities

Funding for PhD students


University league tables

French at St Andrews was rated top in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020, and the School of Modern Languages was ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.


Department of French
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PH

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3643

French website French research portal