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.

Entry requirements

Normally upper-second-class result at the MA level and experience of residence in France or French-speaking region. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application.

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport. Documentation should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form.


MHM02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHM03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHM04 MLitt 2 years Full-time
MHM05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

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


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.

Closing Date - Rolling Closing Date

Research areas

Research Interests
There are four main strands to research in French: life writing; migration; language debates; women's writing. For more detailed information on research interests, see

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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