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).