FRENCH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

France – the heart of Europe

France has a long and dramatic history. As a political and cultural superpower, France has made its mark on world history, not only through wars and conquests, but also on account of new thoughts and ideas, e.g. the Age of Enlightenment, the freedom and equality ideals of the French Revolution, and the “intellectuals” of the 20th century. French culture therefore has considerable influence on language, literature and history.
As a Master’s degree student, you acquire thorough knowledge of French history and culture, as well as France’s relationships with other nations and societies, including the Francophone areas. You study French literature and language in depth and learn to express yourself in correct and fluent French in specific situations, at the same time as learning to communicate with a particular audience and relay information.

French in business

With a Master’s degree in French, you have an opportunity to add a targeted advanced studies programme to your BA. As a Master’s degree student, you have every opportunity to shape your degree the way you like – through your choice of special profiles, optional subjects and a period of practical training in a private sector company. In this way, you are equipped to join the part of the business community in which you would like to work. You thereby become a more attractive proposition for employers looking for employees with specialised competence profiles in French. 

Tracks

The Master’s degree programme counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and consists of different tracks depending on the nature of the Bachelor’s degree:

  • Track A: has been replaced by the Master’s programme in Intercultural Studies (French).    
  • Track B: for students with French as their core subject or a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school.
  • Track C: is no longer offered as from summer admission 2017.
  • Track D: is no longer offered.

Admission requirements

A Master’s degree in French language, literature and culture counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and is divided into two tracks:

  • Track A: has been replaced by the Master’s programme in Intercultural Studies (French).  
  • Track B consists of 1¼ years (75 ECTS credits) of French language, literature and culture studies combined with ¾ year (45 ECTS credits) of studies in another subject taught at upper secondary school.

Admission requirements for track B (75 ECTS credits in French language, literature and culture with a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits)

The admission requirements for Track B of the Master’s degree programme are a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in French language, literature and culture and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) at Bachelor’s degree level in another subject taught at upper secondary school.

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track B:

 

  • The Bachelor’s degree in French language, literature and culture (Aarhus University) or the Bachelor’s degree in French (University of Copenhagen) with 45 ECTS credits in a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in French language, literature and culture (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the following criteria:

1) Academic background (75%)

The average mark (i.e. GPA) of the qualifying  Bachelor’s degree. Please note that grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA

2) Other relevant experience (25%)

Based on the CV and statement of relevance (see below)

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree programme in French language, literature and culture requires Danish at A level or similar.

Foreign students applying for the Master’s degree programme in French language must obtain grade 7 in the written examination discipline in The Study Test in Danish as a second language, and grade 2 in the remaining disciplines

Documentation

In addition to the general documentation requirements, you must upload the following documentation to your application:

1) Statement of relevance: a brief statement in English (1-2 pages) which explains:

  • the relevance of your Bachelor’s degree in relation to the Master’s programme in French
  • your career plans
  • the courses in your Bachelor’s degree which have particular relevance to the Master’s programme in French

2) Curriculum vitae

  • All applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) describing your relevant educational and work experience in chronological order.
  • You may enclose additional documentation of relevant work experience, letters of recommendation, etc.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for your chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.

 

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Form of teaching

As a Master’s degree student, you have considerable influence on your study programme and must therefore expect to work more independently than during your Bachelor’s studies.
The teaching is in the form of classroom lessons, lectures or individual guidance.

In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time:

  • Les Vélos): This is the French Committee, where you meet and share ideas with students from other years.
  • ISC: The International Students Centre is a forum for contact with French-speaking students. If you would like to practise and improve your French, the ISC is an ideal option. The ISC has merged with the Student House, where more information is available.

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Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question. Note that this data is derived from different, but related programmes.

Job profile

The five most common career paths for French graduates are:

  1. Teaching and research (at universities, upper secondary schools, training colleges, continuation/primary and secondary schools, private lessons).
  2. Administration (e.g. public administration, project management, human resources and management secretariat in private companies).
  3. Sales and exports to France, including marketing.
  4. Internal and external communication in private and public sector companies.
  5. Language: linguist, translator and interpreter.

As a French student, you can also have a career as a researcher. You have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s Graduate School. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your Master’s degree.
Find more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts.

Competence profile

Competence profile for French graduates:

  • Language skills: You learn to express yourself fluently in French, both verbally and in writing.
  • Cultural understanding: You acquire in-depth knowledge of French history, society and culture, and you learn to understand French culture and the way the French do things. You can choose to relay this knowledge to others as a teacher, or you can use your skills as an exports or communications officer in companies trading with France.
  • Communication: You become skilled at working with languages and at expressing yourself vividly and correctly. At the same time, you acquire knowledge about intercultural communication and pedagogics, and thereby learn how to approach different target groups.
  • Analytical skills: As a French student at the University of Aarhus, you read and analyse a considerable amount of French literature, and you compare literature from different periods and of different styles. This teaches you to distinguish between what is important and what is not important, and to define key questions and solutions. This is an ability you can use in many other contexts, such as administrative work or as a communication officer.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration: As a student, you have worked with language, literature, history and social conditions. This teaches you to apply different methodologies and theories, and you gain an understanding of what other disciplines can contribute. This is an advantage when you need to collaborate with other professional groups as part of your career – whether as a member of a team of upper secondary school teachers or in a marketing department, where your colleagues may have a different educational background.

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.