A degree in French from Bristol will give you an excellent level of spoken and written French, and the opportunity to discover the society, culture, literature and history of French-speaking countries.
Gain international experience with a year studying or working in France or countries including Senegal and Martinique.
Current staff specialisms include: contemporary film, literary and cultural studies; Francophone cultures in Africa; French colonialism; modern French society and politics; French linguistics.
Bristol has a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres, and a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Students in the department have access to a state-of-the-art multimedia centre.
French courses for 2024
- BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and French (QR38)
- BA English and French (QR31)
- BA Film and French (2LK6)
- BA History and French (VR11)
- BA History of Art and French (VR31)
- BA International Business Management and French (NR11)
- LLB Law and French (MR11)
- BA Music and French (WR31)
- BA Philosophy and French (RV15)
- BA Politics and French (RL12)
- BA Theatre and French (W43F)
If you would like to study French on its own or in combination with other languages, see Modern Languages.
French at Bristol
French is a truly global language, spoken by hundreds of millions of people in more than 30 countries in Europe, North and West Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Polynesia, North America and Asia.
Knowledge of French language and culture is both necessary and rewarding and Francophone countries offer diverse and stimulating cultures for study.
The department encourages synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment, as staff respond in their teaching to new research. Our broad expertise reflects the range of contributions that French culture has made, and the major role that France continues to play, in Europe and the wider world.
At Bristol you can either study French as a joint honours degree with another subject, or choose the BA Modern Languages course to study French on its own, or in combination with other languages.
A high proportion of language graduates find employment in jobs where their language skills and experience are advantageous. There are an increasing number of opportunities with international organisations where fluency in French and knowledge of French institutions and culture are essential.
Employers often value your international outlook as well as the excellent organisational and communication skills gained from these degrees. Our graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, the civil service and Foreign Office, journalism, the media, teaching, marketing, finance, consultancy and tourism.What our students do after graduating
Our degree courses are aimed at achieving a high level of fluency and accuracy. You will attend a mix of lectures, language classes and seminars. First-year foundation units are followed by a variety of options in diverse topics. You may also study interdisciplinary units in the School of Modern Languages.
At Bristol, you can study French from beginners' level or from post-A level (or equivalent). All our French degrees last four years and include a work or study placement in a French-speaking country during your third year. Some Bristol students choose to spend their time in France, while others choose more far-flung locations such as Senegal or Martinique. To find out more about studying abroad, visit the Centre for Studying Abroad.
Our courses provide an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges, offering a wide range of options that build on a solid foundation year. You can choose from an exceptional range of cultural units on aspects of French and Francophone history, literature, politics, linguistics and visual cultures, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Pursue your passions
There is a great deal of flexibility in how you study French, which is included as a part of many different courses.
You can study French alongside other disciplines such as history, politics, or philosophy, by applying for one of our joint honours degrees.
If you want to specialise solely in French, or to study it alongside up to two other modern languages, you can apply to the BA Modern Languages course.