School of English and Modern Languages

  • MA by Research in French

    This MA by Research in French provides an excellent opportunity for students to obtain a Masters qualification focussed on a research project of particular interest to themselves, whilst benefitting from all the facilities, training, research seminars and support at Oxford Brookes University.

    The French Department at Oxford Brookes offers research expertise in French and Francophone cultures from the early modern period up to the present day.  Our work encompasses a wide range of interests, from literature (including theatre studies performance and theory), through visual cultures to philosophy and politics.

    The main research areas relevant to this degree are:

    • Contemporary and Urban Culture
    • French Theatre and Performance
    • Francophone studies (the cultural understanding of other French speaking parts of the world)
    • 19th & 20th Century Literature and Thought
    • Artistic and Literary Avant Garde
    • The Relationship between text and image
    • France within a contemporary European context

    As a postgraduate student in our French Department you will also have the opportunity to use the facilities of the Maison Française in Oxford, and in particular its library. Members of Oxford Brookes’ French Department have organised many of the conferences and seminars hosted by the Maison Francaise, with our postgraduate students fully involved in the experience, including the presentation of papers. Part of the CNRS, the Maison Francaise is a unique space for research and joint initiatives in Franco-British university relations, and plays a key role in the development of international co-operation and the promotion of French research abroad.

    Oxford Brookes’ French Department also houses the CESAR project (Calendrier Electronique des Spectacles sous l’Ancien Régime) including CESAR IMAGES: an online searchable repository of images relating to the French theatre of the 17th and 18th centuries, including stage sets, scenes from plays and portraits and supported by a full range of descriptive and contextual information.

    The French Department at Brookes is academically innovative and successful; I have received the best support during my studies here.

    Dr Barbara Giraud, 2008 Oxford Brookes PhD French Graduate.

    Programme structure

    The MA by Research in French builds on the Department’s expertise to give you a unique and clearly focussed programme of study. You will have the opportunity to develop a high level of subject knowledge, together with the ability to develop and undertake independent research in your own particular area of interest. The programme will be attractive to applicants seeking to pursue intellectual interests beyond first degree level for further personal or professional development. The MA route is also designed to prepare you to undertake further research at MPhil or PhD level.

    Alongside some research training you will embark on a substantial piece of independent research (an MA thesis of up to 30,000 words) guided by your supervisor in regular meetings.  A shorter assessment of 5,000 words, conceived as a formative essay precedes the dissertation in the programme.  A viva voce examination is held at the end.