Postgraduate study and research in French

You can complement advanced study of French language with courses in French literature, linguistics, medieval studies, cinema, theatre, translation and critical thinking.

It is also possible to carry out research in all these areas at masters or PhD levels, or to enrol for a co-tutelle (jointly awarded) PhD in conjunction with a university in France or New Caledonia.

Have a look at some recent MA thesis topics

Overseas opportunities

Postgraduate study in French provides you with opportunities for further study in France, and lecteur/lectrice positions with the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne and Jan Moulin, Lyon III. We also have student exchange agreements with the University of la Rochelle, Sciences-Politiques (Paris) and the University of New Caledonia.

Postgraduate careers

Our graduates have careers in teaching, research, translation and interpreting, and diplomatic and government service within foreign affairs, trade and the United Nations.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

PhD students

We welcome inquiries from New Zealand and international students who wish to undertake doctoral research.

You will be supervised by our researchers and have access to a range of resources to assist you in your academic and professional development. These can include graduate teaching assistantships, scholarships and writing stipends, funds to cover direct research costs and access to library and computing facilities.

We look forward to your contribution to the intellectual life and research profile of French.

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