French - Research

Under a Structured Research Programme, students are supported in the development of their research by undertaking professional and specialist modules over the course of their research degree. The central objectives of the Structured PhD Programme in French are to allow PhD students to participate in courses delivered outside NUIM; to introduce students to academic communication, and educate them in the same, through active participation and presentation at departmental graduate symposia, at research conferences nationally and internationally.

Research Environment: The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) runs friendly, informal research seminars and regularly invites guest lecturers to share their expertise with the Departments in the School. Members of the Department, including postgraduate students, participate in national and international conferences.

European Doctorate: PhD students who have a strong European Language element to their research can apply for a Europea. Doctorate. For further information, please consult

Thesis, with individual supervision: The option of jointly-supervised research with another Department from the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy or the Faculty of Social Sciences is also available. Please consult staff research for information about the research expertise of individual members of staff and areas in which supervision can be offered. Taught Modules: The student, in consultation with his/her supervisor, will devise a plan with a specified number of modules taken each year of the programme. Details available here.

PhD Programmes

The student, in consultation with his/her supervisor, will devise a plan with a specified number of modules taken each year of the programme. Students normally take any given module only once over the course of the PhD programme. The same piece of work can only be submitted and accredited once. Students are normally required to take a minimum of 15 credits of generic skills / transferrable skills modules (Details available here) over the first three years of the programme. Allowances will be made for specific circumstances such as prolonged periods spent abroad or equivalent.*

In addition, students are normally required to take one (but normally not more than one) of the ID84X modules (ID841, ID842 or ID843) during the first three years of their PhD programme. Students are encouraged to attend all ID84X modules and to pass at least one of ID841, ID842 or ID843 during the first three years of their PhD programme. ID81X modules are offered at irregular intervals, but at least every third year so that every student has the chance to take an ID81X module over the course of their programme; specific topics will vary (determined by the areas of research of a given cohort). Every student is normally required to take one ID 81X module during the four years of their PhD programme.

Students are encouraged to take suitable modules, including Transferable Skills Modules, offered by cognate departments/schools within Maynooth University. Students also have the opportunity to take suitable modules from the taught MA in German, if they have not already done so.**

All students normally have to pass at least one Advanced Specialist module (FR85X, FR86X or FR87X) offered outside Maynooth University.

* Prolonged research periods abroad might offer the opportunity to take Advanced Specialist Modules at the host university. PhD students based at a foreign university will be advised by their supervisor to take relevant modules or attend relevant seminars, etc. Such modules will be awarded the ECTS value stipulated by the host university. Prolonged research periods abroad may also be considered as an Internship (SPA88X). The mark(s) achieved at the host university will be translated into the Maynooth University scheme of Pass (P), Distinction (D) or Did Not Complete (DNC) for all modules.

** The normal prerequisite for admission to the Structured PhD Programme in German is an MA or MLitt in German or equivalent. Students with an MA or MLitt in German or equivalent are required to take structured PhD modules to the value of 30 ECTS credits. Students admitted without holding an MA, MLitt or equivalent are required to take structured PhD modules to the value of 60 ECTS credits. Students, in consultation with Supervisor and Subject Leader/Head/Prof, may take extra modules beyond this requirement.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the PhD must have obtained at least 2nd Class Honours Grade I in their primary degree, or equivalent. Candidates for all post-graduate degrees are required to have resided for a period of one academic year or its equivalent in France or a French-speaking region. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


4 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

Post Course Info

Students who complete the PhD degree generally continue with careers in teaching and research at third level.


Research areas in which the department has an interest include: immigration to Ireland from France and to France from Ireland in the early modern period; Huguenot studies; autobiographical writing; women's writing; twentieth-century fiction and poetry; translation studies; lexicography; francophone literary and language issues; minority languages in French society. Further information on staff research interests can be found at

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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