Degree programme specification
Would you aim to improve your proficiency in interpretation of French text?
The Master in French Literature and Linguistics is specifically designed for you ! after the bachelor programme, which is a large introduction to French literature and practical language, greater importance is given in the Master’s programme to various applications of theoretical aspects of French philology, both in linguistics and literature. Stress is put on the textual dimension of studies and text interpretation : in that way, the Master's programme conveys knowledge of descriptive and analytical methods, extremely useful in contemporary times. Students are also expected to acquire the skills for independent and interdisciplinary scientific work.
Is the French Language and Literature program right for you?
Which skills should you expect to improve?
The purpose of the Master's thesis is to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specific topic (in literature or linguistics). Students should demonstrate the ability to work critically with specialized texts, use the concepts and theories learned, then propose personal interpretations of texts. Spirit of initiative and originality are especially highlighted.
You did not get a Bachelor’s degree in French studies?
Students enrolled usually have a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature and Linguistics, but this is not mandatory. Further interviews will be required if not.
The Master in French Philology degree programme (MA) is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge in French Culture, Literature and Linguistics. The MA programme provides classes on a wide range of topics, all taught in French, providing all necessary competences for professions in journalistic, social or cultural sectors as well as academically oriented careers. In relation to this option, students are strongly encouraged to follow their own research interests, in order to prepare the preliminary research for a future Ph.D. in a post-graduate programme.
The programme is to be completed in four semesters. All courses are designed for a presence-learning format only.
There are two possible orientations : Literature and Linguistics
(1) French and Francophone Literature: based on modules in the domain of French and Francophone literature and culture. This enables students to major in French and/or Francophone literature.
(2) French Linguistics: based on courses from the Linguistic topics panel. This enables students to major in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (translation, teaching French as foreign language, etc.).
The student can chose one of those two orientations. S/he writes a dissertation (40 credits), and fulfils 50 elective credits according to the chosen specialization. In addition to these 90 credits, students have to complete the courses from the common base (30 credits) of the Master Programme in French Philology. Indeed, the common base made of 6 compulsory courses includes 3 courses in the area of literary studies (Literature I, II and III), and 3 in the area of linguistics (Linguistics I, II, and III), in the belief that it is necessary to have at least a basic knowledge of the field not chosen. This common base represents 30 credits (6 x 5 credits) of the entire "completus" programme (25%). These 6 courses alone form altogether the "minor" programme.
The Master's programme conveys knowledge of descriptive and analytical theories and methods both in French/Francophone literature and French linguistics. Students are also expected to acquire the skills needed for independent and interdisciplinary scientific work.
- Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- Knowledge of descriptive and analytical theories and methods
- Skills for independent and interdisciplinary scientific work
- Spirit of initiative, originality, and personal development
- Occupational Profiles of Graduates
The Master’s programme provides all required competences for professions in journalistic, social or cultural sectors as well as academically oriented careers. Students in French Literature and Linguistics can be outstanding teachers too.
- Practical Training
Would you like to travel and spend a semester or more in France?
An Erasmus stay in France is possible and recommended (but not mandatory) : in that purpose, our department has already set up two very successful double-degree partnerships with Paris-Est and Rennes 2.
- Goals of Theses
The purpose of the Master's thesis is to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specific topic (in literature or linguistics). Students should demonstrate the ability to work critically with specialized texts, process the concepts and theories discovered there, and find relevant answers to the given question. Spirit of initiative, originality, and personal approach are especially expected and highlighted.
- Access to Further Studies
Do you plan to become an academic?
After completion of the Master‘s programme, it is of course possible to enrol in the Doctoral studies. The candidates must fulfil the admission requirements : curriculum, letter of interest and interview.