About the programme of study

Master's programme in French

About the programme of study

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The master's programme in French provides students with the opportunity to study French literature, language and culture/civilization at an advanced level.

Students will meet enthusiastic teachers and fellow students in an academic environment where students are offered close follow-up.

The master's programme in French provides deeper insight into, and increased knowledge within the discipline. It involves a high degree of specialization. It includes French literature, language and civilization. The individual courses/modules cover French renaissance and modern literature, medieval and renaissance French as well as modern French grammar, translation and French cultural history.

Students will develop their practical language proficiency in French through working with translation, written assignments and oral contribution during the course of study.

The master's programme emphasizes profiency in applying scholarly theories and methods. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on developing skills in applying a critical approach to primary and secondary sources.

The master's programme in French is assessed by both examination and thesis. The programme has two main components:

  • One joint component comprised of a combination of compulsory and optional theory- and methodology courses. This component, including Experts in team, provides a total of 60 credits.
  • One master's thesis, which is a written report of a piece of independent scholarly work. This component provides a total of 60 credits. Work with the thesis takes place under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

The master's thesis is a piece of independent scholarly work on a topic within language, literature or civilization, and must be written in French. Students are provided with academic supervision throughout the writing process.

A master's degree in French is achieved after two years of full time study (four semesters). It awards 120 ECTS credits. The first year is devoted to courses within French language, literature and civilization, as well as the interdisciplinary course Experts in Team (awards 7.5 ECTS credits). The second year of study is fully devoted to the master's thesis, which amounts to 60 ECTS credits.

Why study French at NTNU?

The programme of study is suited for those who wish to obtain excellent teaching qualifications, or wish to continue with a doctoral programme. The study is also well suited for those who are particularly interested in French literature or language, or in social conditions in France.

Successful completion of the degree provides candidates with qualifications for work within those professions in which large and complex issues need to be examined and disseminated. It may also lead to work in research, publishing, libraries, information and media industries, as well as language technology, translation and international work.

French at NTNU

A master's degree in French from NTNU gives extensive competence in French literature, language and civilization, in addition to a specialization within a chosen field. The French Section at the Department of Modern Foreign Languages have their special expertise within the fields of:

  • 18th century literature
  • modern literature
  • French pragmatics
  • French semantics

Contact Information

Contact Information


Visiting address:
Building 5, level 5

Postal address:
Department of Language and Literature
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim