1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview


French Studies at Swansea has research strengths in written culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. Staff expertise lies in the following areas: the medieval lyric; Enlightenment drama; nineteenth-century poetry; twentieth-century women's writing and feminism; travel; and the conflicted memories of World War Two. French boasts a dynamic research environment which has already won attention and funding from outside bodies such as the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust and the EU. For further information on research specialisms and supervisory interests of our staff visit: www.swansea.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/about-us/

Key Features

An advanced research degree in French gives you the chance to pursue a major project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (in the private sector, the Civil Service, education, or translation).

You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time. At the end of year 1 you attend a progression meeting at which you either upgrade to full PhD or confirm your MPhil status.

All MPhil and PhD students in French are required to attend skills and training courses at College and University level. You give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. From the second year you may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars, for which you receive training and payment. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea. You may also apply to spend a semester or two at a partner university in France through the Erasmus + programme.

MPhils typically last from two years (full-time) to four years (part-time) and PhDs from three years (full-time) to six years (part-time).


The choice of topic is up to you but must be worked out in consultation with your supervisors. It is a good idea to enter discussions before applying and to draw up an initial proposal together. However, all good topics develop over the course of your reading and supervisions and it is likely that you will only slowly gain a clear idea of where you are heading. At the end of your first nine months you present a 10, 000 word chapter, synopsis, bibliography and table of contents, plus a list of training courses attended to a progression panel which makes recommendations for your future direction. Thereafter you should expect to work on individual chapters (four or five is a typical number), including introduction and literature review.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Julian Preece (j.e.preece@swansea.ac.uk).

Entry Requirements

MPhil - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject. If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).

PhD - You should hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and you should hold or expect to achieve a postgraduate Master’s degree in a related subject. If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-tests

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline.

You may enrol in September, January, April or July.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,200 £13,700
Ph.D. Part-time £2,100 £6,850
M.Phil. Full-time £4,200 £13,700
M.Phil. Part-time £2,100 £6,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.


A thesis of not more than 60,000 words for an MPhil and 90,000 words for a PhD, which contributes significantly to the subject area and in the case of PhD demonstrates original research. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva) by two examiners who are not your supervisors, one of whom is external to the University.