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French Studies

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.

With a strong heritage dating back to 1896, the discipline of French Studies is the oldest in the UK. It's also one of the largest, with over 20 members of staff and more than 110 students registering on its programmes each year. 

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.

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Alliance Française de Manchester

Students are encouraged to run the Manchester French Connections website, which showcases French-related activities taking place on campus and throughout the Manchester region.

We are also home to a number of research groups, including the Centre for Research in Visual Cultures of the French-Speaking World (CRIVCOF).

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.

Why French Studies at Manchester?

  • Extensive collaboration with the Alliance Française de Manchester for teaching-related and extra-curricular activities, including ‘Working with French’ workshops, film screenings, talks and cultural events throughout the year.
  • Study a breadth of cultural specialisms including aspects of contemporary French cinema, protest music in France and identity and power.
  • Our student-led Manchester French Connections website showcases all types of French-related activities taking place on campus and throughout the Manchester region.
  • Ab Initio French available as a Joint Honours combination.

Find out more

Explore a few of the benefits of studying French at The University of Manchester in the video below.

I always enjoyed languages at school so I decided to continue with both French and Spanish at University. This degree really appealed to me as I love languages and wanted to become fluent in both. I’m also interested in history, culture and literature, and a modern language degree gives you the opportunity to continue learning these subjects in relation to whichever language you study, which is great for me. At the moment I am studying a French art module and a Spanish play.

Katherine Moore / BA (Hons) French and Spanish