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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 four 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.
* To provide in-depth study of aspects of French language, literature, culture and society in the French-speaking world;
* To introduce students to the main research methodologies in the above areas;
* To give students experience of postgraduate research through the writing of the dissertation.
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 communication skills in French is necessary, such as business and administration at European and international level. The MA also provides a sound basis for doctoral research.
Semester 1: Four Modules
The French Language Today; Second Language Acquisition; Modern and Contemporary France or Culture and Literature in the Eighteenth Century (one of these modules is offered): Research Methodogy in Languages and Cultural Studies.
Semester 2: Three Modules
Theory and Practice of Translation; Information and Communications Technologies and Language Studies; Writing in the Feminine in Modern France OR Issues in Contemporary France (one of these modules is offered).
Students also undertake a research dissertation in French or English, on a subject of their choice relevant to French Studies. (20,000 - 25,000 words)