French MA (Hons) 2021 entry
As an MA (Hons) student of French, you will develop language and communications skills to a high level of proficiency through the study of French and Francophone language, literature and culture. You will have the opportunity to engage with a number of research-led specialist topics, which include:
- literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day
- French politics and culture
- performance studies
- intellectual history
- postcolonial literature and theory
- gender theory
- film adaptation
- modern French thought
- creative writing
- translation studies.
During your third year, you have the opportunity to study abroad in France at one of the University’s partner institutions. Students who spend a year abroad develop their linguistic skills, intercultural competence, and self-confidence.
The MA (Hons) in French is also available as a five-year course with an integrated year abroad. The integrated year abroad is an opportunity for students to spend a year working in a French-speaking country between second year and third year.
Master of Arts (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAB, including A in French
- Minimum entry grades: AABB, including A in French
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAB, including A in French
- Minimum entry grades: ABB, including A in French
- Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5), including HL6 in French
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), including HL6 in French
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
Students must have studied French at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, or equivalent.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
The School of Modern Languages at St Andrews has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender and identity studies.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
In the most recent (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.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Find out more about studying French at St Andrews.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours), you will take the required modules in French along with modules in at least one additional subject.
Typically, you will take one French module per semester in first year and between one and three French modules during second year. You will take at least two French modules per semester during your third and fourth year (known as Honours).
Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- French Language and Literature 1: develops language skills and offers a grounding in the literary and cultural tradition in France.
- French Language and Literature 2: promotes grammatical competence as well as written and spoken comprehension and production, whilst further pursuing the exploration of Francophone cultures. You will be taught how to read texts in their socio-cultural background and develop skills of literary criticism in French.
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Second Level French Language 1: consolidates and extends the analytical and linguistics skill acquired at first level.
- Second Level French Language 2: develops skills in spoken, aural and written French for a variety of academic and communication purposes and in different cultural contexts.
You will also choose at least two modules on French literature or civilisation from the Middle Ages to the present.
If you take French in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning. Modules at Honours level offered in previous years have included (but are not limited to):
- African Francophone Fiction
- An Introduction to the French Classical Period
- Contemporary French Crime Fiction
- Creative Writing in French
- De Gaulle and Since: Topics in the Politics, Culture and Society of the Fifth Republic (1)
- Diversifying C19th French Poetry
- From Text to Screen: Novels and Their Film Adaptations
- Goods and Ads: Consumerism in Modern France
- Libertine Literature and Libertinage in Eighteenth-Century France
- Nineteenth-century French Narratives of the Sea
- Politics, Propaganda and Mythmaking in Medieval France
- Saint-Domingue: Theatre and Society in a Caribbean Slave Colony
- Translating French Opera
- Translation Methodology
- Women’s Voices in Renaissance France.
In their fourth year, students also have the option of undertaking a dissertation of 5,000 or 10,000 words on a topic of their choice, supervised by a specialist member of staff. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take French as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
Modern language degrees
You can also take French as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.
“My teachers are so kind and knowledgeable – it's great to be taught by people who are so enthusiastic about their subject. The best part of my degree has been my year abroad in Perpignan where I made fantastic friends, ate lots of pastries, and put my learning into practice. St Andrews has sparked my love of languages, and given me so many wonderful opportunities – merci beaucoup!”
Talia (Inverness-shire, Scotland)