You will develop a thorough understanding of the rich diversity of the culture in France and elsewhere in the French-speaking world. As well as studying the literature and culture of France itself from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century, you will cover the literatures and cultures of the Francophone world of North Africa and other former French colonies. We offer popular options on French cinema, as part of a broader specialism in the relationship between literary, visual and musical cultures.
The Bristol French Department encourages strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for our students, as staff respond in their teaching to ground-breaking research. Our courses provide an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges, offering a wide range of options building on a solid foundation year.
The department has a strong intake of highly qualified and well-motivated students every year and enjoys an outstanding reputation. All our French degrees last four years and include a period of residence in a French-speaking country on a work or study placement during the third year. Some Bristol students choose to spend their time in France, while others choose more exotic locations such as La Réunion or Martinique.
Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Students in the department have access to a state-of-the-art multi-media centre.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
The French course at Bristol will suit you if you have a love of language and a desire to explore the broader cultural contexts in which that language is used. We look for students with intellectual curiosity and a desire to open their mind to francophone culture of different periods from medieval to contemporary.
French has official status in more countries in the world than any other language except English. Advanced study of French plus the opportunity to live and work or study in another culture is perfect for you if you have a global vision.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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