Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate Degrees

The Department of French will be interested to hear at any time from well-qualified graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate work in French. At present, we have postgraduate students working on a range of degrees and a are working on research degrees. Various forms of funding are available for the support of research. Members of the Department carry out in a wide range of areas of French as an academic discipline. The Department also encourages interdisciplinary projects.

The following postgraduate degrees are offered by the Department of French:

The Department also participates in the teaching of a number of interdisciplinary or interdepartmental degrees:

Information on postgraduate study in U.C.C. is provided in the postgraduate prospectus. EU Applicants for taught postgraduate programmes can now apply online through UCC's application system, where you can check the status of your application online. Applications for the M.Phil. or Ph.D. are required to complete an application form. Completed forms should be sent to:

Postgraduate Admissions,
West Wing,
University College Cork,

Telephone: +353 (0)21 4903241/4902829
E-mail: or

Non-EU students are encouraged to apply for a fee-waiver postgraduate scholarship.

Research and Postgraduate Opportunities

The Department of French will be glad to hear at any time from well-qualified specialists wishing to pursue advanced degrees or postdoctoral research in University College Cork. Full information on the work of the Department is provided on this site, including information on the of members of the Department. The range of specialized areas of the subject represented in the Department include: French language and linguistics; French literature from the Middle Ages to the present day; French thought and the history of ideas; cultural studies; French society and institutions.

The Department of French aims to provide a supportive framework for advanced study, through the development of training in research methods and in professional self-development. Research students and post-doctoral researchers will be fully involved in all areas of the work of the Department and will have the opportunity to acquire experience of university teaching. Among other activities, the Department maintains a programme of and participates in the annual conference of the School of Language and Literature.

Full information on the postgraduate study in U.C.C. is available from the Graduate Studies Office, and both the postgraduate prospectus and the postgraduate section of the Calendar can be consulted online.

A number of different awards provide a framework for work of this sort, some details of which are provided below.

Government of Ireland Research Scholarships

The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences each year offers scholarships for advanced students wishing to pursue a research degree. The research degrees provided by the Department of French are the M.Phil. and the Ph.D. Information on these awards, including terms and conditions and assessment procedures, may now be downloaded from the website of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is important to note that citizens of the European Union (EU) who are ordinarily resident within a member state of the EU are eligible to apply for these awards. The value of the scholarships is up to €12,700 per annum and scholars will not be liable to pay fees. The closing date for applications is usually in January.

At present, two students working on Ph.Ds in the Department hold Government of Ireland Scholarships: Catherine MacGillycuddy and Niamh Sweeney.

Faculty of Arts Scholarships

Each year the Faculty of Arts of U.C.C. offers a number of Ph.D. scholarships tenable for up to three years. In 2004 the scholarships have a value of €7,500 per annum plus fees. For details of these awards, contact the Faculty of Arts (email: Application forms are available from the Admissions Office (email:

Non-EU students and Ph.D. fees

University College Cork offers a number of postgraduate scholarships to non-EU nationals wishing to pursue a Ph.D. The award will take the form of a waiver of part of the normal fee, so that candidates who receive the award will be liable to pay only the EU fee for Ph.D. students. Full information on these awards is available online. Candidates wishing to be considered for these awards must ensure that their application for admission is received by the Admissions Office (email: not later than 1 May in a given year. For further information on these awards, contact the Graduate Studies Office.

Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Awards

The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences also offers a number of post-doctoral awards, which may be held for one or two years. These awards may be held while the researcher is affiliated to an Irish university or other third-level institution. Candidates of any nationality may apply for these awards (subject to certain residence and immigration requirements in the event of an award). Candidates are required when making an application to identify a member of staff with whom they wish to work. The value of the awards is up to €31743.45 per annum. Information on these awards, including terms and conditions and assessment procedures, may now be downloaded from the website of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

National University of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The National University of Ireland offers a number of two-year post-doctoral fellowships, including one fellowship in the humanities. These awards are open to graduates of the N.U.I. University College Cork is a constituent university of the N.U.I. and degrees awarded by U.C.C. are degrees of the N.U.I. In the current year, these fellowships carry a stipend of €32,000 per annum. For further information on this award, contact the Registrar of the N.U.I. (email:

Further information

Candidates wishing to avail of any of these awards while working in the Department of French are invited to contact us for further information:

Department of French

Room 1.22 Block A, First Floor, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork