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Overview
The MA is a one year full-time programme. It enables graduates in French, or interdisciplinary programmes including the study of French to degree level, to perfect their language skills and to study in depth areas of language, literature, culture and society in the French-speaking world. It also functions as an introduction to postgraduate research in the key areas studied.

Because of its emphasis on language skills and on second language acquisition, the programme is of particular interest to teachers of French and to those planning a career in French Studies in higher education. This qualification will enhance career prospects in several areas, including teaching French in second level or in higher education, or in any area where a high level of communication skills in French is necessary, such as business and administration in European and international contexts. The MA also provides a sound basis for doctoral research.

Aims and objectives:
- To provide in-depth study of aspects of French language, literature, culture and society in the French-speaking world;

- To introduce students to theoretical issues in the above areas;

- To give students experience of postgraduate research through the writing of a minor dissertation.

Entry requirements

Normally a primary degree in French, or an interdisciplinary degree including the study of French to degree level, with first or second-class honours, or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI). Candidates should have a high level of language skills. A substantial period of residence in a French-speaking country would be an advantage

What to Include with your Application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

What to include with your application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•Portfolio
•Supporting Statement
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate/passport

Duration

1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Marie-Therese Batardiere
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202110
Email: marie-therese.batardiere@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Students must choose four electives from the following modules:
- The French Language Today
- Second Language Acquisition
- Modern & Contemporary France or
- Literary and Cultural Production in early Modern France (One of these modules is offered)
- Research Methodologies in Applied Language Studies or
- Research Methodologies in Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies

Semester 2
Students must choose three electives from the following modules:
- Theory and Practice of Translation
- Information & Communications Technologies & Language Studies
- Modern French - Language Literary & Cultural Production or
- Issues in Contemporary France (one of these modules is offered)
- Thesis Writing

Dissertation
Students also undertake a research dissertation in French or English on a subject of their choice relevant to French Studies (20,000 words)

Comment

MA in French enables graduates to perfect their language skills and to study in depth areas of language, literature, culture and society in the French-speaking world. It also functions as an introduction to postgraduate research in the key areas studied.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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