The newly introduced MA offers a flexible structure for students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in 20th and 21st century French thought. The course forms an ideal bridge between undergraduate study and postgraduate research, allowing the student to progress towards more independent research under the supervision of specialists in their field.
The course is devised to suit either those students who intend to continue with their studies to PhD level, or those who want to study for an MA for its own interest. In-service teachers will find the course offers them a flexible way in which to update or extend their knowledge across the full range of French and Francophone Studies. Students who wish to proceed to take a PhD are required to have completed an MA course in order to acquire the necessary research skills in their chosen field of study.
At Nottingham we require all MA students to follow a module of research training that is delivered jointly by staff within the department and the University Graduate School (which offers course of generic training).
* The department has around 15 postgraduates following taught and research programmes each year
* In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the department was ranked third in the UK in terms of "research power" which takes into account the number and proportion of research-active staff submitted in each unit
* The department has an established record of past and present Special Professors. These have included such eminent scholars as Pascal Ory, Luce Irigaray, Jean Emelina and Peggy Kamuf, Françoise Lionnet and Michel Jeanneret
The MA course covers:
* One year (12 months) of full-time postgraduate study, or two years of part-time study
* Two courses of Guided Research under the supervision of the appropriate member or members of staff
* On completion of the Guided Research modules, the preparation, under individual supervision, of a dissertation of 20,000 words (maximum) either relating to one of the areas already studied or to a new area of research
* A module of research training in research methodology and presentation
* Attendance, along with other postgraduate students, at the meetings of the regular French postgraduate work-in-progress seminars
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.