PhD in French

The PhD is an opportunity to engage in advanced research. This research can be carried out in any area within the Faculty of Arts, provided that supervision is available and the research proposal and supervision arrangements are provided by the University.

The PhD consists of a thesis of an internationally recognised standard that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field. Normally the thesis my not exceed 100,000 words or 250 pages. An oral examination takes place after the thesis has been submitted.

Research opportunities

  • Theoretical and applied linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • History of linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Grammar
  • Medieval to Early Modern French and English literature
  • Anthropology of love in medieval and early-modern literature
  • Literary theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Lyric poetry
  • 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone literature
  • Women’s writing
  • Violence in literature
  • Gender in literature
  • French Pacific Literatures
  • French Women in politics
  • Contemporary French Writing including Women’s Self-writing
  • The French New Novel and New Autobiography
  • Francophonie (Francophone literatures) and Littérature-monde (World literature in French)
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
  • French Cinema: self-reflexivity, gendered subjectivity, cognitive and evolutionary film theory; Film noir
  • Postcolonial Translation theory
  • Translation of Pacific literatures
  • Audiovisual translation
  • Translation and Metaphor


The PhD is expected to be completed in three or four full-time years, although it may be possible to complete on a part-time basis.


The usual requirement is a master's degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class, First Division) from the University of Auckland, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must also have demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research. All candidates must submit a research proposal and obtain registration. 

Further information about PhD study