French Studies (Graduate Diploma)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year part-time


Two evenings a week

Are you excited by the prospect of studying French language, literature and culture?

This Graduate Diploma in French Studies is designed for those who wish to undertake postgraduate study in French and, in particular, those who would like to take an MA with a French studies focus, but who need to bring their written French up to the right level, or who do not have a BA honours qualification in an appropriate discipline. It can also be taken by students with a qualification at, or near, BA level who would like to take a one-year qualification, with courses chosen from a diverse and challenging syllabus.

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  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Designed for students who require further training at undergraduate level in order to take one of our MA programmes (e.g. MA Comparative Literature).
  • Allows you to improve your French language skills and/or increase your knowledge of French culture, as well as improving your research and study skills.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
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