French Literature

Students with little experience of dealing with literary texts will be provided with academic, analytical, creative and presentation skills in the study of literature; enhancing students' knowledge of important concepts of the literatures, cultures and societies of the French-speaking world.

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.

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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