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Postgraduate Studies

The Department of French Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick provides a very supportive and dynamic environment for students wishing to undertake research degrees, both to Masters (MA) and Doctoral (PhD) level. Our department, in association with the departments of German Studies and Philosophy, also offers a taught MA in European Thought & Culture (to find out more about this programme, please click here

Our Department enjoys a strong research and publication profile, with faculty members active on a range of national and international bodies.

Every year, the Department offers an MA or a PhD Teaching Assistantship (known as a Departmental Assistantship). The deadline for applications generally is June 1st. In order to apply for an assistantship, candidates should first submit an application for a place on our MA or PhD programme (this should generally be done by May 1st). Once a full application pack has been submitted to the Research & Graduate School, candidates wishing to apply for an assistantship should inform the Head of Department by e-mail (loic.guyon@mic.ul.ie). The Department of French Studies will then convene a Postgraduate Awards Committee in order to review all the applications received and decide which candidate should be recommended for an assistantship to the College's Executive Team, via the Research & Graduate School. The decision of the departmental Postgraduate Awards Committee will be solely based on the quality and originality of the research proposal submitted by the candidates when applying for a place on our MA or PhD programmes. To find out more on how to apply for a place on our MA by Research or PhD programmes, please click here).


MA or PhD thesis can be written in English or French on any topic related to the following authors
and/or areas of specialism:

18th-Century French Studies
Montesquieu; Voltaire; Rousseau; Diderot; Prévost; or others, subject to consultation. The Enlightenment; Circulation and censorship of ideas.

19th-Century French Studies
Lamartine; Nodier; Hugo; Balzac; Dumas; Flaubert; Zola; or others, subject to consultation. Literature and society (politics, artistic life and movements, histoire des idées, issues of crime and justice); travel literature; drama.

20th-Century French Studies
Camus, Sartre, De Beauvoir, or others, subject to consultation. War and conflicts in 20th-Century France; postcolonial studies; intellectual and literary movements; constructions of the French Republic and issues of identity; contemporary French politics.


The MA by Research is a two-year programme. The PhD usually takes four years.        


Around EUR4,500 per year (please check the Graduate Office website for the latest details on the cost of fees)


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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