UCC Postgraduate courses

French

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in French is aimed at graduates who want to be considered for a master’s course in French, but do not have an honours degree in French, or who want to add a Higher Diploma in Arts subject to their qualifications.

Objectives of the course:

  • to provide you with opportunities to further develop your skills in the study and the use of the French language
  • to provide you with opportunities to extend and deepen your skills in the reading and discussion of texts
  • to introduce you to work in specialised areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject
  • to give you a sense of French culture in French-speaking countries around the world

On graduation from this course, you will have:

  • developed a capacity for independent critical thinking
  • acquired and developed transferable skills such as information gathering, analysis and interpretation
  • acquired a range of personal and interpersonal skills in addition to communication and listening skills
  • developed reflectiveness, self-awareness and a capacity for cooperative endeavour through taking responsibility for group work

The modules on offer, are in the main, those offered to second-year and final-year degree students. French as a degree-level subject is organised into a number of distinct elements:

  • language modules on reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • core modules dealing with the study of culture and literature
  • specialised modules covering different areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject, including literary studies, linguistics, French thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, French society and institutions, the francophone world.

Modules (60 credits):

  • FR2602 Modern French Culture
  • FR4202 Structure and Varieties of Contemporary French
  • FR2305 Introduction to Francophone Postcolonial Studies
  • FR2306 Theatre of the Absurd
  • FR4307 Contemporary French Theatre
  • FR2404 French Language Today
  • LL3002 Travel Writings
  • FR2403 Introduction to Specialist Translation
  • FR4308 Literary Studies: Modern French Fiction
  • FR4407 Advanced Specialist Translation
  • FR4403 Second Language Acquisition
  • FR 2702 Women in French Society and Culture
  • FR2204 Topics in Literature and Culture
  • FR4702 French Society and Institutions

If you are applying for this course to gain a teaching subject please consult with the Teaching Council Subject Declaration Form to view specific requirements for this subject.

If you are applying for this course for future eligibility into the Profession Master of Education, further information is available here.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

For the full-time one-year option, you are required to choose from modules which, when combined, result in 60 credits. Most modules have a value of 5 credits and involve one hour of teaching per week for the duration of the academic year. However, a language module represents 10 credits and involves three classes a week, one of which focuses upon oral skills. This means a full-time student will have a total of 13 hours of classes per week for the duration of the academic year.

Assessment

Assessment is by a combination of essays and final year examinations in both written and oral French.

Who teaches this course

Didier Bellettre
Sylvie Campion
Dr Patrick Crowley
Véronique Grabe
Dr Paul Hegarty
Dr Martin Howard
Milouda Louh
Christine Montané
Dr Mary Noonan
Professor Patrick O’Donovan
Eugene O'Sullivan
Dr Maria O’Sullivan
Dr Angela Ryan
Claire Sibut
Margot Spencer

Profiles of the lecturers can be found on UCC's Research Profile webpages

Why Choose This Course

The Higher Diploma in French at UCC is delivered by an active team of teachers and researchers who support and encourage students who want to learn about French and Francophone cultures and are keen to become independent thinkers.

The qualification will give you a strong sense of the importance of France and the French language in the world today. You will acquire not only knowledge, but also skills. The global spread of French as a language, the economic strength of France, as well as emerging Francophone cultures, make this a great time to discover more from our Department.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will enables you to:

  • develop your language skills through extensive reading of materials in French
  • comment analytically on a wide range of materials in French
  • demonstrate an awareness of French and francophone culture and cultural production
  • apply critical methodologies developed by French and francophone writers in thought and/or literature and/or linguistics and/or cultural studies
  • apply research methodologies to prepare original, well-argued essays on a range of subjects relating to French language and culture.

These skills of analysis and research and these forms of cultural and inter-cultural competencies are of critical importance to those wishing to pursue careers in education, journalism, government, European institutions and executive administration in multinational companies.

Requirements

It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study the subject French intensively over one academic year.   The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,000 .

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these supplementary questions are available to view here: CKA12 Additional Questions and CKA08 Additional Questions.

Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is not a teacher training programme. Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.

 

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