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Master’s Programme in Literature with a Specialization in French-language Literature

This specialization gives you a deep knowledge of French-language literature. In addition, the studies also offer a broader perspective where the French-language literature is related to literatures of other Romance-languages, such as Italian or Portuguese, in a comparative perspective.

In addition to courses on the theory of interpretation and narrative, the programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of French literature from a genre theory- and aesthetics based perspective, the role of  French- and Romance-language literatures in a global world, and the emergence of national literatures in Romance languages.

  • Programme overview

    “French-language Literature” is one of thirteen specializations within the Master’s Programme in Literature at the Faculty of the Humanities, and it is offered by the Department of Romance Studies and Classics.

    The programme starts every autumn and comprises four semesters of full-time study, concluding with a 30-credit degree project in the form of a master’s thesis. As a student, you normally take four half-time courses of 7,5 credits per semester, each half of the semester consisting of two parallel courses. During the second and third semester of the programme, you may take a total of four optional courses (30 credits), of which at least two must be in subjects other than French, and two proficiency courses (15 credits).

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    The first semester of the programme contains three courses taken by all students of the programme, irrespective of their specialization:

    In addition, you will take the following course 

    Semester 2

    During the second semester of the programme, only two obligatory courses will be given, which gives you the possibility of studying two optional courses:

    • The Emergence of National Literatures in Romance Languages, 7,5 credits
    • French Literature: Genre Theory and Aesthetics, 7,5 credits
    • Optional courses worth a total of 15 credits

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    The third semester contains 15 credits worth of proficiency courses and one seminar-based theory course, which serves as preparation for the master’s thesis. The course English for Academic Research, 7,5 credits, which is taken this semester, may count either as a proficiency course or an optional course (depending on whether you want to fit in one or two proficiency courses in addition to it).

    • Proficiency courses worth a total of 15 credits
    • Optional course, 7,5 credits
    • Seminar Course in Current Theoretical Perspectives, 7,5 credits

    Semester 4

    The programme’s final semester is devoted exclusively to the degree project, which is done within one full-semester course:

    • French - Master's Degree, 30 credits 

    The master’s thesis, your degree project, is the most important and substantial piece of work you will do within the programme. In the thesis, you will delve into the part of the discipline that interests you the most, aiming to make your own personal contribution to the cumulative knowledge of literary studies. At your disposal you have a supervisor, who will give you advice and feedback on your text. Moreover, you will participate in the master’s seminar, where ideas, drafts and chapters are presented and discussed. Finally, your whole thesis is discussed at a seminar where one or two other students perform the task of critical readers. In return, you will be the reader of two other theses.

  • How to apply


    To be admitted to the programme, you need a BA in French and English 6.

  • Contact


    Questions about the structure and content of the programme can be answered by the study counsellor in Italian, whom you can contact at

    The coordinator for the Master’s Programme in Literature is Axel Englund,