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Why study French at Stirling?

A language degree is highly valued by employers across a range of sectors. year after year, graduates are near the top of league tables in terms of graduate employability. our language graduates develop excellent oral and written skills, independence and self-reliance, and confidence in dealing with a variety of people, situations and cultures. according to recent statistics (Unistats 2012) more than 85% of language graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs in the UK and abroad including advertising; banking; librarianship; management; marketing; public relations; publishing; teaching (both of French and English as a foreign language); translation and interpreting.

At Stirling, French is studied as a world language, with an emphasis on France's key role within the European union and on its colonial legacy in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and north America. we produce graduates with a high level of competence in French spoken and written language, and a good understanding of contemporary French and Francophone culture and society. undergraduate modules concentrate on 20th/21st century France - its language, history, society, literature, art, film and business - and the wider 'francophone world'.

In addition, the French courses provide students with skills for clear and critical thinking and the ability to present ideas in an ordered and convincing way. on most degree programmes involving French, semester 6 is spent at a university in France, Quebec, Switzerland or Morocco, and there is also the option of intercalating an entire academic session in a French-speaking country. students on all our degree programmes also have the opportunity to apply for a British council english language assistantship between their 2nd and 3rd year of study which involves paid English-language teaching, usually in a secondary school, in France or another French-speaking country.

French staff have a diverse range of research specialisms, including literature (particularly 20th and 21st century), cinema (from the beginnings to the present), history, and popular culture of France, Canada/Quebec, and Francophone Africa, and we warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate supervision on these subjects at Master's and PhD levels. staff contact details and further information regarding individual areas of expertise can be found under 'literature and languages' here.

Current Students

Information for Current Students 

Undergraduate Advising



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1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 3rd & 4th Year Options

Choosing Modules

You should check the University Calendar for details of how your degree is structured and the choices you can make within that structure; follow the links on this page to find more information about all the French modules available. The University will provide you with a list of compulsory modules for your programme; you choose your modules through the on-line registration system on the Portal.

If you have any further questions about module choices, then these can be raised with the adviser of studies Dr Fiona Barclay.

Learning Support

Student Learning Services provides helpful advice about how to develop your study skills and improve your academic performance: workshops are advertised through Succeed.

Other Guidance

The University has many specialist support services on many different issues from counselling to financial guidance. Your first port of call for these issues is likely to be Student Support Services, or one of the Advisers above, who will be able to liaise with other University departments on your behalf in case of illness or personal difficulty.

Remember that you can also access Student Support Services direct if you need help or advice on any of the following matters:

For help with Study Skills, contact Student Learning Services (SLS) who run online workshops via your WebCT. They also run workshops and seminars throughout the year so keep an eye on noticeboards and the portal for details of those

Study Abroad

Time Abroad During Your Degree

On most degree programmes involving French, Semester 6 is spent at one of our partner institutions in France, Quebec, Switzerland or Morocco. There is also the option of intercalating an entire academic year in a French-speaking country or of combining a semester on one of the University’s non-language specific exchanges with our language-centred Semester 6.

Every year, 20-30 of our 2nd year students also apply for the British Council’s English Language Assistantship which offer the opportunity to work for a year teaching English in France or a range of other French-speaking countries, usually in a secondary school. This is a particularly attractive route for students on programmes including Education but is open to students on all our programmes.

Double Degree Programmes

We also run double degree programmes in International Management and Intercultural Studies with the University of Passau and the Ecole de Management in Strasbourg. Students on these programmes benefit from the experience of study in different national contexts and graduate with qualifications from both institutions. According to the most recent statistics, 90% of students graduating from these programmes went on to work or further study within 6 months of completing their studies (Unistats 2012).



Research in Modern Languages at Stirling is characterised temporally by its emphasis on the modern, post-1800 era and spatially by its ability to range across the whole of the French and Spanish-speaking worlds. Our understanding of French Studies is as a decentred space, with an emphasis on broad and deep specialisms in Francophone Studies, especially Africa and Canada/Quebec, as well as metropolitan France. These interests come together in our strengths in global Film Studies, where we bring together more specialists on more francophone areas than in any other French Studies grouping in the world. Hispanic Studies is similarly strong in film and visual cultures, with colleagues working on various aspects of peninsular Spanish and also Argentinian and Mexican cinema. Literary - including travel - writing and theory also play an important role in our interdisciplinary understanding of cultural texts and their production and adaptation across different popular genres, such as horror.

Two other major research themes are located in colonial and postcolonial studies, and in studies of gender and sexualities. The first points to a broad historical view which untangles relations of domination but also accommodation and translation in colonial and post-colonial cultures such as the Andes, Canada, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the imperial centre(s) in Europe (the resonances of colonial discourses, anti-colonial struggles and post-colonial quandaries in modern French cinema, for example). The second traces the way in which gender and sexual categories are constructed historically and are the subject of contemporary social and political controversy. Here again we bring together a distinctive concentration of specialists working on issues such as the PACs and gay marriage in France, queer theory, and queer Latin American cinema. In pursuing these research themes we work as interdisciplinary groups with colleagues in English Studies, Religion, and Communications and Media, to emphasise the continuities of inquiry that cut across language and culture.

The wider relevance of much of our research is reflected in the partnerships and relations we have developed and are developing with arts festivals and organisations (Africa in Motion, French Film Festival) and community groups (Glasgow Parkour Coaching for work on youth urban cultures, mental and physical health, and relations with the French banlieues).

For More Information please visit the Literature and Languages Divisional Page 


Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

At postgraduate level, we run a taught MRes in Translation Studies and an MSc in Translation with TESOL (both available with French or Spanish, as well as Chinese, Polish and Russian).

We have a vibrant community of postgraduate students working on a wide range of topics that map onto and complement the research specialisms of our staff, ranging from Moroccan urban cinema to French rap music.

Many of our recent PhD students have gone on to academic posts elsewhere and continue to nurture links with us through a range of research activities including the hugely successful Africa in Motion film festival, founded by our former PhD student Dr Lizelle Bisschoff.

French staff publish widely in areas related to French and Francophone literature (particularly 20th and 21st century), cinema (from its earliest days to the present, both French and across the wider Francophone world), postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality, and popular culture in France, Canada/Quebec and Francophone Africa.

We warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate supervision on these subjects at Master's and PhD levels and further details related to areas of research expertise can be found via our individual staff profiles.

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