University College Cork


Objectives of the course:
-to provide you with opportunities to further develop your skills in the study and the use of the French language
-to provide you with opportunities to extend and deepen your skills in the reading and discussion of texts
-to introduce you to work in specialised areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject
-to give you a sense of French culture in French-speaking countries around the world

The modules on offer, are in the main, those offered to second-year and final-year degree students. French as a degree-level subject is organised into a number of distinct elements:
-language modules on reading, writing, speaking and listening
-core modules dealing with the study of culture and literature
-specialised modules covering different areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject, including literary studies, linguistics, French thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, French society and institutions, and the francophone world

Subjects taught

Modules (60 credits)

FR2602 Modern French Culture
FR4202 Structure and Varieties of Contemporary French
FR2305 Introduction to Francophone Postcolonial Studies
FR2306 The Theatre of the Absurd
FR4307 Contemporary French Theatre
FR2404 French Language Today
LL3002 Travel Writing
FR2403 Introduction to Specialist Translation
FR4308 Literary Studies: Modern French Fiction
FR4407 Advanced Specialist Translation
FR4403 Second Language Acquisition
FR2702 Women in French Society and Culture
FR2204 Topics in Literature and Culture
FR4702 Contemporary Society and Politics in the French-Speaking World

If you are applying for this course to gain a teaching subject please consult with the Teaching Council subject Declaration form to view specific requirements for this subject -
If you are applying for this course for future eligibility into the Profession Master of Education (PME), see our PME page

Entry requirements

It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4-year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study the subject French intensively over one academic year. The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to the Honours Degree level previously.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Assessment Info

Assessment is by a combination of essays and final year examinations in both written and oral French.


Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
The skills of analysis and research and the forms of cultural and inter-cultural competencies gained on this course are of critical importance to those wishing to pursue careers in education, journalism, government, European institutions, and executive administration in multinational companies.

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  • Qualification letters

    HDip in Arts

  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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