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About French PhD

Our department offers research strengths in all periods of French literature, modern French history and politics, Francophone literature and French thought. There are several active research seminars and reading groups in which staff and research students participate.

We provide formal, subject-specific training and individual guidance on research methods, writing research proposals, applying for funding and presenting research papers.

Current students are working on topics across the whole range of French literary studies, and many of our recent PhD graduates have gone on successfully to academic posts or postdoctoral fellowships.

• REF rankings 2014: The Modern Languages departments were ranked 9th in the REF's power rankings which take into account the quantity and quality of research activity and performed well in terms of impact with 100% of their research rated as having an outstanding (4*) or considerable reach and significance.

• Current number of academic staff: 12 permanent (all research active).
• Current number of students: 19.

• Recent staff publications:

Simon Gaunt, Marco Polo's Le Devisement du Monde: Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity
Emily Butterworth, The Unbridled Tongue: Babble and Gossip in Renaissance France
Craig Moyes, Furetière's Roman bourgeois and the Problem of Exchange
Sanja Perovic, The Calendar in Revolutionary France - Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics
Ros Murray, Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul
Patrick French, Thinking Cinema with Proust

Course study environment
As a research student, you will have designated primary and secondary supervisors. Students will see their primary supervisor regularly, and perhaps as often as every two weeks during the first year of research. You will be strongly encouraged to attend research seminars in the department and beyond, and be expected to present your research in the departmental seminar at some point.

We offer a dedicated study space for our postgraduate research students on the fourth floor of our Virginia Woolf building.

Our students benefit from funds to subsidise student attendance at conferences, and to contribute towards research costs. We have exchanges at graduate level with the Université de Paris X Nanterre and the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon.

Postgraduate training
All MPhil/PhD students in their first year who have not studied literary theory are given the opportunity to attend all or part of the MA compulsory module: Reading Theory/Reading Practice, which looks at literary and critical theory through discussion of readings of literary texts, followed by discussions of key polemics and debates in critical theory.

Our students attend training sessions with specialist librarians at the British Library and the King's Maughan Library.

Students also participate in a full programme of training events run under the auspices of the AHRC doctoral training partnership, the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Students also attend the relevant research training workshops offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, the Graduate School, and the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

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Free language tuition at King's
All research students in any discipline at King's can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages with the Modern Language Centre without any additional cost.

More information can be found here.

Funding Notes

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year UK/EU

Part-time tuition fees: £2,650 per year UK/EU

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

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