French Literature

The Higher Certificate in French Literature has been developed by the Department of French, National University of Ireland Maynooth to address the needs of those working as teachers of French, graduates of French exploring other career options as well adults with a very good competence in French language who are interested in learning more about the literature and culture of the French-speaking countries. The Higher Certificate in French Literature aims to provide students with an opportunity to specialise in the area of French literature through the study of a broad range of French-language literary texts through history; equip students who have little experience of dealing with literary texts with the necessary academic, analytical, creative, aesthetic, reflective and presentation skills to enable them to engage with literature in a productive way; enhance students' knowledge and understanding of important concepts in French-speaking literatures, cultures and societies.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2nd Class BA Honours degree with French as a major subject. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHM54 1 year or 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

The Certificate in French Literature enables graduates working as post-primary language teachers or those who wish to undertake an MA French to engage with a substantial body of French literature.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Dr Kathleen Shields
Tel: +353 (0)1 7083705
Fax: +353 (0)1 7083740

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The programme provide students with an opportunity to specialise in the area of French literature through the study of a broad range of French-language literary texts through history and to analyse and critique how literature reflects the societies in which the authors are 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.

Closing Date: 30/June/2019

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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