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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

 School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies


The Department of French at Durham is one of the most prestigious in the UK, as our high position in the national league tables confirms, with high-quality teaching and an international reputation for excellence in research. We are strongly committed to carrying out research in all periods, from medieval and early modern studies to the contemporary. We are situated at the cutting edge of our discipline, with research and teaching expertise in literature, cinema, theatre studies, political and critical theory, philosophy, cognitive methodologies, translation, post-colonialism, gender and lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/transsexual studies.

Staff are closely involved in the running and activities of the following institutes and research centres:

At postgraduate level, we offer an MA by Research, and supervision of PhD topics in all of the areas mentioned above and more, depending on the research interests of the individual student. Candidates should, in the first instance, contact the member of staff whose research interests correspond most closely to their proposed topic.

French and Francophone topics can also be studied as part of the School's taught MAs in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Translation Studies.

Students wishing to take French as an elective or subsidiary subject, rather than as part of a named degree programme, should contact the CFLS


Contact Details

French Studies
Durham University
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2630
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 3421