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FRENCH STUDIES (GRADUATE DIPLOMA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2019 Start Date

  • 1 year Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4175.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Birkbeck's Graduate Diploma in French Studies is ideal for those excited by the thought of studying French language, literature and culture at postgraduate level. This course will help you become a proficient French speaker, with a critical appreciation of the literature and film, culture and contemporary history of France and French-speaking countries. You will also improve your research and study skills. You can choose option modules from a diverse and challenging syllabus. 

This course is particularly aimed at those who would like to take a Master's degree in French, or a degree with a focus on French studies, but who need to bring their written French up to the right level. This course is also aimed at those who do not have a BA honours qualification in French and those with a qualification at, or near, BA level who would like to take a one-year qualification. 

This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).

Birkbeck's Graduate Diploma in French Studies is ideal for those excited by the thought of studying French language, literature and culture at postgraduate level. This course will help you become a proficient French speaker, with a critical appreciation of the literature and film, culture and contemporary history of France and French-speaking countries. You will also improve your...

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Course Content

You will usually take a high-level French language module (French 5) and choose 60 credits of options from a range of French content and culture options. Different modules are offered in any given year; the following is a sample of the modules that may be offered. 

LANGUAGE MODULE

  • French 5

FRENCH OPTION MODULES

  • La France Dechiree: Aspects de l'Histoire Contemporaine Francaise
  • La France des annees noires
  • Le Roman Francais Contemporain
  • Memoire en francais
  • Modern French Poetry
  • Montaigne
  • Racine
  • Reading Text and Image in the Eighteenth-Century: Diderot and the Tableau
  • Sensibility and Sociability in the Eighteenth-Century French Novel
  • The French Novel of Disillusionment
  • The French Short Story: from Balzac to Maupassant
  • Transgression in Nineteenth-Century French Culture
  • Translation from and into French

CULTURE OPTION MODULES

  • Beating Nature: Artificiality, Imitation and Simulation
  • Film and Politics
  • Representations of Love, Desire and Sexuality
  • The Twentieth Century: Key Themes in Comparative European History (Level 5)

You will usually take a high-level French language module (French 5) and choose 60 credits of options from a range of French content and culture options. Different modules are offered in any given year; the following is a sample of the modules that may be offered.  LANGUAGE MODULE French 5 FRENCH OPTION...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 1 year

October, 2019

£4175.00

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Entry Requirements

Normally a first degree in a subject other than French studies or modern languages.

Language skills in French equivalent to A-level plus two years (also equivalent to a pass in French 5).

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Normally a first degree in a subject other than French studies or modern languages. Language skills in French equivalent to A-level plus two years (also equivalent to a pass in French 5). INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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