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French

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Why Study French?

In today’s global environment, expertise in modern languages has never been more important. Intercultural knowledge and multilingual skills are highly valued by employers and will give you a competitive edge in the international marketplace.

At Bangor we offer a range of courses allowing you to study French alone or as part of a joint-language degree, a 3-language degree, or even in combination with another subject.

Following a single honours courses will allow you to follow a full range of options, equipping you with extensive knowledge of the heritage and life of the modern French nation, and awareness of the wider Francophone world.

Combining French with another subject or language(s) will give you advanced skills in the French language, and a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into the culture, society and history that go with it.

We offer learning in small classes, where you get to know the staff and your fellow students in a friendly environment. At the same time, our very large and varied range of modules enables you to tailor your degree to your personal needs.

A number of our courses allow you to study French as a beginnerThis option is available for many of our degrees where French is combined with another subjectPlease see our course information for more details.

You will benefit from an on-site dedicated Modern Languages centre and translation equipment.

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Career Opportunities in French

Studying a modern language, whether alone or in combination with another subject, opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many of our graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media.

As a language student, you will develop strong communication skills and the ability to present views clearly, both verbally and in writing.  What’s more, you will acquire other transferrable skills, such as cultural awareness, accuracy, teamwork, planning and logical analysis, which are highly valued by employers.

Your Year Abroad will also play an important part in enhancing graduate employment prospects.  A year abroad, whether working or studying not only provides real experience and broadens your horizons, it will also help to cultivate, independence, adaptability and self-awareness.

Our Research in French

Our Research Our international research profile in modern languages is derived from the dynamic work of academic and research staff, who have built major individual and collaborative projects in the histories, cultures and politics of the Francophone, Hispanic, German and Italian-speaking worlds, with a growing specialism in Translation Studies and Chinese Studies.

We are proud of our strong performance in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which judged 76% of our research to be internationally excellent or world-leading, with particularly outstanding results on our research impact.

Particular research strengths lie in postcolonial approaches to Francophone and Iberian Cultures, the politics of memory and memorialisation, travel writing, Catalan and Galician Studies, Italian organised crime, translation, power and critical discourse, film and national identities, popular culture and comics, material cultures and material texts, visual cultures and contemporary art.

Our students benefit from a lively and inclusive research community. Not only does our research inform our teaching, we also run an exciting Research Forum each term, comprising a variety of events, including talks from visiting scholars and our own research staff and students, book launches and art, music and poetry performances.

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