Undergraduate 

French MA

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French involves the study of a key European and international language as well as the cultures it has influenced across the world.

2020 Clearing places available

As part of your French degree you can choose to focus on a whole range of topics including French comics, French song, travel writing, medieval France and contemporary French history.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • French MA (Hons): R120 5 year degree

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

The School of Modern Languages & Cultures offers degrees in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

French, German, Italian and Spanish can be studied on their own as a single subject or in combination with many other subjects as a joint degree.

Portuguese and Russian are offered as joint degrees, meaning you study them alongside one other subject.

Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech and Polish are all available as optional subjects that can be incorporated into your degree.

In your first year, you will usually take a language at either Beginners level (which means you’ve never studied the language or have studied it at National 5, GCSE or equivalent) or at Non Beginners level (which means you come to Glasgow with a grade B at Higher, A-level or equivalent within the last three years).

Programme structure

Year 1

The course you study in year 1 depends on how much French you have studied before. If you have an SQA Higher or A-level in French (grade A or B), you will take the non-beginners’ language course alongside our French culture course. 

If you are a beginner or near-beginner and have some previous language experience, you can take the Level-1 beginners’ course, which provides an intensive foundation in reading, writing and speaking French.

Year 2

In your second year, you will extend your linguistic skills in our language and culture courses using authentic French texts and media sources. 

Students progressing from the first-year beginners’ course normally study French culture 1 alongside French 2 courses.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Year 3 (year abroad)

If you progress to Honours you will spend your third year abroad, normally either working as a language assistant in a school or studying at a university. The University has a number of exchange programmes and will provide support and advice.

The year abroad is an exciting part of every degree in languages and allows you time to immerse yourself in the language and culture you are studying. The year abroad is also highly valued by employers as it shows them you are a resourceful and adaptable person who embraces new challenges.

For students taking degrees involving languages, you will spend your third year abroad gaining credit either by:

  • studying at a partner university
  • working as an English Language Assistant in a school within Europe (British Council scheme)
  • a work placement arranged independently, approved by the School of Modern Languages & Cultures.

Students doing the year abroad in Russia will be placed on a study abroad programme with which the University has longstanding links.

If you study two languages, you will spend your year abroad in a country where one of the two languages you are studying is spoken and you’ll spend another three months abroad in your fourth year, which will allow you to go to a country where your second language is spoken. 

Members of staff in each subject and in the University’s international office are on hand to support students with residence abroad.

Years 4 and 5

Along with core language study, you will be able to choose from a wide range of options including literature, cinema, history and other aspects of the language and cultures of the French-speaking world.

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Degree structure for Non Beginners Languages

The language courses in years 1 and 2 have been designed to allow you to consolidate and advance your knowledge of the language through the study of authentic texts. You will work on enhancing your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and will begin to undertake tasks which may be new to you, such as summarising and translating. The courses are assessed by online tests, oral exams and written exams.

The culture courses in years 1 and 2 will introduce you to a broad range of ideas and texts and will encourage you to think about the vast number of cultures that have been shaped by the languages you are learning. You’ll think about a variety of topics including cities, popular culture, gender and nationalism. These broad courses showcase our research specialisms and will allow you to make an informed choice when you come to decide which courses to take at Honours level.

In years 4 and 5, you will study language in greater depth and will focus on the finer nuances of language usage. You will also choose courses in areas that interest you and we have a range of specialist courses relating to history, literature, cinema and society as well as courses that focus on applied language skills (such as translation and interpreting).

Year 1

  • Non Beginners Language 1: Culture 1
  • 2nd Level 1 subject
  • 3rd Level 1 subject

Year 2

  • Language 2: Culture 2
  • 2nd Level 2 subject
  • A new Level 1 subject may be taken

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Year 4

  • Junior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable]
  • Note: if you are studying two languages, you will go abroad to a country where one of your two languages is spoken during your 4th year.

Year 5

  • Senior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable] 

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Degree structure for Beginners Languages

The beginners language courses in year 1 are intensive language courses specially designed to allow you to take an Honours degree in the language you are studying. In year 2, you will join with the non-beginners students and will continue to develop your language skills before going abroad. You will work on enhancing your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and will begin to undertake new tasks, such as summarising and translating. The courses are assessed by online tests, oral exams and written exams.

The culture courses that you take in year 2 will introduce you to a broad range of ideas and texts and will encourage you to think about the vast number of cultures that have been shaped by the languages you are learning. You’ll think about a variety of topics including cities, popular culture, gender and nationalism. These broad courses showcase our research specialisms and will allow you to make an informed choice when you come to decide which courses to take at Honours level. 

If you take a beginners language in year 1 and wish to take the subject to Hons, students of French, German, Italian and Spanish will take Language 2 and both Culture 1 and 2 in year 2. Students of Russian and Portuguese will only take Russian or Portuguese Culture 2 alongside Russian or Portuguese Language 2. For students of Russian, there is a cultural component included in the level 2 language course, so you won’t take a separate culture course in your second year. 

If you are a student taking two languages, we recommend that you spend your year abroad in a country where the language you have taken as a beginner is spoken. 

In years 4 and 5, you will study language in greater depth and will focus on the finer nuances of the language. You will also choose courses in areas that interest you and we have a range of specialist courses relating to history, literature, cinema and society as well as courses that focus on applied language skills (such as translation and interpreting).

Year 1

  • Beginners Language 1
  • 2nd Level 1 subject
  • 3rd Level 1 subject

Year 2

  • Language 2: Culture 2
  • 2nd Level 2 subject
  • Culture 1 (20 credits) + further 20 credits in Level 1 courses

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Year 4

  • Junior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable]
  • Note: if you are studying two languages, you will go abroad to a country where one of your two languages is spoken during your 4th year.

Year 5

  • Senior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable]

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Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for French

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6) 

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher + B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • AABB – BBBB
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: one A-level Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject. 

 

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

Graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in the media, teaching (both at home and abroad), journalism, tourism, translating and interpreting, and the Civil Service, as well as business, commerce and marketing.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA (Hons)

French: R120 (5 years)
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French/Ancient History: V1R1 (5 years)
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French/Business & Management: NR21 (5 years)
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French/Celtic Studies: QRM1 (5 years)
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French/Classics: QR81 (5 years)
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French/Comparative Literature: QRF1 (5 years)
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French/Computing Science: GR41 (5 years)
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French/Digital Media & Information Studies: GR5C (5 years)
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French/Economic & Social History: RV13 (5 years)
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French/Economics: LR11 (5 years)
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French/English Language & Linguistics: QR3D (5 years)
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French/English Literature: QR3C (5 years)
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French/Film & Television Studies: RW16 (5 years)
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French/Gaelic: QR5C (5 years)
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French/Geography: LR71 (5 years)
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French/German: RR12 (5 years)
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French/History: VR11 (5 years)
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French/History of Art: RVC3 (5 years)
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French/Italian: RR13 (5 years)
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French/Latin: QR61 (5 years)
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French/Mathematics: GR11 (5 years)
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French/Music: RW13 (5 years)
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French/Politics: LR21 (5 years)
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French/Portuguese: 5V8M (5 years)
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French/Psychology: CR81 (5 years)
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French/Russian: RR17 (5 years)
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French/Sociology: LR6C (5 years)
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French/Spanish: RR41 (5 years)
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French/Theatre Studies: RW14 (5 years)
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French/Theology & Religious Studies: RV16 (5 years)
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2020 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to both current and new applicants to the University.

The Ronald and Rita McAulay Scholarship

Mr Ronald McAulay, alumnus of the University (MA 1965), and his wife Rita wish to establish a Scholarship to support students who are Hong Kong nationals wishing to take up an undergraduate course of study at the University of Glasgow.

The McAulays would like to establish a scholarship which encourages Hong Kong residents to achieve an international education, therefore the award will cover course tuition fees and a living cost stipend.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award

In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2020. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Residential Services section on the website.

We are also offering four scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

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