The taught MA in French is aimed at graduates with a primary honours degree in French, with a minimum of 2.2 or equivalent, who have spent a year in France, or who have equivalent expertise in French language. It is designed for graduates of French who wish to take their study of French language, literature and culture to a deeper level and to enhance their language skills.

Entry requirements

Minimum is normally an Honours degree with 2.2 in French, or equivalent (e.g. licence ès lettres). It is expected that students will also have spent a minimum of 1 year in a French-speaking environment. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHM50 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Recent graduates from the MA have gone on to work in teaching at all levels and translating, administration through French and English; editing; management; and tourism.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Prof Ruth Whelan
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3663

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include narratives of exile, intercultural studies, translation skills and contemporary European women's writing.


Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in the study of modern languages, literatures and cultures in Ireland, offering MA programmes and MLitt and structured PhD studies in each of the constituent disciplines. In addition to French, Spanish, German and Chinese; Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan and Breton are taught in the School. The SMLLC offers personal supervision and teaching by renowned experts in a wide variety of fields, innovative areas of research and a lively intellectual environment.

The Department provides students that have existing French language skills with a solid grounding in French language, literature and culture. There are four main strands to our research: life writing; migration; language debates; women's writing.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

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.

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