French and Comparative Literature

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
RQ12
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information
French and Comparative Literature
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Overview

Explore connections and interactions between cultural traditions with our BA in French and Comparative Literature.

Studying French at Queen Mary means appreciating the diversity of the French-speaking world. You’ll learn not only about metropolitan France, but also about French as a global language, France’s role on the world stage, and the culture and thought of groups who have historically been silenced or excluded, such as women, the working class and ethnic minorities.

As a result, besides high-level linguistic and analytical skills, you’ll gain an understanding of cross-cultural issues that will equip you to deal with today’s increasingly globalised world.

At the same time, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the discipline of literary studies, choosing from a range of topics from modern fairy tales to First World War literature, and a host of themes from madness to migration.

You’ll spend your third year abroad, an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills through immersion and boost your intercultural competence.

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Structure

Year 1

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • French Foundations
  • French I
  • Introduction to Comparison
  • Introduction to Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • The Scene of Learning
  • Understanding Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Theory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • French II
  • The Scene of Reading
  • Translation into French

Choose up to three from

  • Colonial Literatures, Post Colonial Perspectives
  • Experiments in contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Fairy Tales in the Modern World
  • Homeward Bound: From the Odyssey to O Brother Where Art Thou?
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Madness, Past and Present
  • Memories of WWII in Literature, Film and Art
  • Migration through Photography
  • Photography and Narrative
  • Why Belgium? Identities, Cultures, Narratives

Choose one from

  • 20th century French Thought: Values and Violence
  • Out of Place: Literature and Dislocation
  • The Sounds of French
  • The Story of my Life? French Autobiography and Autofiction

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • French III
  • The Scene of Writing

Choose up to three from

  • Comparative Literature Research Project
  • Comparative Modernisms: the Case of China and India
  • Constellations: Online Anthology Group Project
  • Faust in Legend, Literature and the Arts
  • First World War Literatures
  • Grand Tours: 19th century Adventure Stories for Young Readers and their 20th century Afterlives
  • Lost in Translation?
  • On the Subject of Sex II: Queen to Queer
  • Photography: The Self and its Image
  • The East in the West

Choose one or two from

  • Advanced Oral Competence in French
  • French Feminist Writing
  • Language and Society in the French-speaking World
  • Lovers and Libertines: 18th century French Fiction
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Proust

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

You have three options for how to spend your year abroad:

  • teaching English as a foreign language assistant
  • attending university
  • in the professional world, either on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval.

Our French-speaking partner institutions are:

  • Aix-Marseille d’Avignon Université
  • Université de Genève
  • Université Catholique de Lille
  • Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Université François Rabelais
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Université de la Réunion.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately 12 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminars and language classes.

You will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and no more than 10 for oral and aural work.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework and exams, or coursework only. You’ll also be assessed through oral exams for language modules (including producing a short radio programme), final-year dissertations, independent projects and creative journals.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • the Multimedia Language Resource Centre, equipped with digital labs and resource rooms, teacher and student workstations, interactive whiteboards, and software for viewing live international satellite TV broadcasts
  • language clubs and social activities, including film screenings, discussion groups and debates
  • subscriptions to foreign newspapers and journals
  • guest speaker seminars, which allow you to hear from academics, researchers and experts from institutions in Europe and North America.

Learn another language

If you're interested in learning another language alongside French, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Japanese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Standard Level French. This must include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

French and Comparative Literature graduates have a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers, such as analytical and critical thinking and communication.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as translating, editing and teaching, while others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as the media, publishing and marketing.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Bloomberg
  • British Council
  • ESI International
  • Hall & Partners
  • Mildmay International
  • Sony.

 

Career support

The School of Languages Linguistics and Film offers a range of career support, including for students interested in working during their year abroad. Final year students can attend two bespoke events: 'What a difference the year abroad makes', which highlights how the year abroad helps you stand out in the graduate job market, and 'Career avenues for literature students', which explains the wide range of career options and how studying comparative literature prepares students for them. Alumni share their own experience at both events.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

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About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

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