By studying French at St Andrews, you will be given direct access to French and francophone culture, history and values, and all the debate, 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.



French 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.



French Studies MLitt
Comparative Literature MLitt
Crossways in Cultural Narratives International MLitt
Cultural Identity Studies 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.

The Department contributes to a regular, School-wide research seminar programme which invites guest lecturers from the UK and abroad.

Visit St Andrews

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


Autumn visiting days

Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2018.

  • Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Wednesday 3 October 2018
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • Wednesday 31 October 2018

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Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018

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French research areas

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

French research centres and institutes

There are three research centres and institutes related to French:

The SAIMS brings together over thirty full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates interested in interdisciplinary Mediaeval topics, including Mediaeval languages and literatures.

The ICCL explores current conceptions and practices of both 'the contemporary' and 'comparative literature', and works towards (re)definitions of these fit for the 21st century.

The Centre provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and students working in any field and on any period related to French and francophone history and culture.

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, some areas of finance or journalism or take up jobs or other opportunities across Europe.

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 contexts
  • 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 Universities scholarships worth £5,000 each, available to those resident in a country within the Santander Universities network
  • Forum for Modern Language Studies scholarship worth £7,500
  • two awards of £750 each for students on the Erasmus Mundus Masters Crossways in Cultural Narratives programme.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews invites applications for one fully-funded PhD scholarship (fees plus £10,000 per annum maintenance) to be awarded from the beginning of session 2017-2018.

Funding for PhD students


University league tables

French at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and sixth in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 and the Complete University Guide 2017 for teaching and research quality, student experience, and graduate prospects.

The School of Modern Languages was ranked top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2017.


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