By studying French at St Andrews, you will explore all the debates, contradictions and extraordinary creativity that characterise contemporary France and the French-speaking world.
Develop a high level of competency in language skills alongside cultural awareness and other crucial transferable skills. Learn from native speakers and specialists in French studies, who cover francophone identity and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including:
- identity issues.
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
First in Scotland and second in the UK for languages and linguistics
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for French
The Complete University Guide 2023
83% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Modern Languages
The School of Modern Languages has research and teaching expertise in seven different languages. The Department of French within the School focuses on French language, literature, intellectual history, contemporary society and francophone studies.
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