French Studies at The University of Manchester
With a strong heritage dating back to 1896, the discipline of French Studies is the oldest in the UK. With over 20 members of staff and more than 110 students registering on its programmes each year, it is also one of the largest.
Our expertise in teaching and research stretches across history and genres, from the Middle Ages to the modern day, and covers such diverse areas as contemporary culture, literature, linguistics, film, drama, photography, music, art, and dance.
Our emphasis on the wider Francophone world is matched by an exciting range of study links for year-abroad students. Alongside the opportunities to study in France, Belgium or Switzerland, students can also study in the French Caribbean, Quebec and La Réunion.
We are also home to a number of research groups, including the Centre for Research in Visual Cultures of the French-Speaking World (CRIVCOF) and the Anglo-Norman Text Society.
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Why study French with us?
Our students are taught by experienced academic staff of international distinction, including two winners of Manchester’s Teacher of the Year award, as well as by a dedicated team of specialist language tutors.
Our innovative language-teaching programme, which follows an Enquiry-Based Learning approach, is central to a curriculum that offers an extremely wide choice of course units. Students benefit not only from our rich Library resources – including precious manuscripts, a vast French literature collection, and contemporary digital media – but also from our collaboration with the Alliance Française de Manchester, which hosts cultural events throughout the year including film screenings, talks, plays, concerts, and language trouble-shooting classes.