Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015'16 World University Subject Rankings. This course will enable you to become a proficient French speaker with a critical appreciation of the literature and film, culture and contemporary history of France and French'speaking countries. Entry requirements are flexible and you can join the degree at various levels of competence in French. You will be studying with a wide variety of students from all over the world and taught by world'class researchers. Birkbeck is at the heart of a global capital city that is full of opportunities for those wishing to hear and speak French. Our flexible evening study allows you to achieve your educational goals alongside your professional and personal ones. Our School of Arts is in the top 5 in the country. Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, making it an outstanding interdisciplinary department. Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross'cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Birkbeck Eighteenth Century Research Group, provide an important platform for this exchange. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

All years: options may include: imagining France; introduction to French studies (compulsory); French cinema: history, practice, analysis; French literature: masterpieces from the 16th century to the present day; French thought: from the Renaissance to Postmodernity; traditions and change in French political culture; classicism; contemporary French cinema: 1980 to the future; 1st and 2nd language acquisition; France from May 1936 to May1968: themes in French 20th'century history; French cinema 1890'1940: invention, expansion, crisis; French cinema 1940'1980: identity, diversity, change kith or kin; forms of relation and community in contemporary French literature and cinema; language and society; Montaigne; realism and the dialectics of representation in the 19th'century French novel; republic and nation: French political life since 1958; the French contemporary novel; the French Renaissance; culture modules may include: approaches to language; understanding culture; representations of love, desire and sexuality; stories of the self; the 20th century: key themes in comparative European history; beating nature: artificiality, imitation and simulation; contemporary European literature; Europe and its others; myth, folk and fairy tales; the postmodern.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Mature entry
  • Interview
  • Admissions Test
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 104
  • Course specific

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15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 41%

Total Coursework: 53%

Total Practical: 6%