French at Leeds: past, present, future

French has been taught at the University of Leeds throughout the institution's history; indeed it was being taught from the mid-1880s onwards in the Yorkshire College out of which the University grew at the beginning of the twentieth century. We are very proud of our long history, but at the same time we remain at the cutting edge of our discipline, offering high-quality, innovative teaching and research across the whole range of French and Francophone studies.

Excellence in teaching and research

We are the largest and most popular centre for the advanced study of French in the UK. Independent surveys testify to the quality of our teaching and research. In the 2012 National Student Survey, we rank as one of the top ten Russell Group universities in our subject, with no fewer than 91% of our Single Honours finalists declaring themselves satisfied with their academic experience here. And according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), we are again placed in the top ten for French in the UK, with the majority of our research activity being judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. For more information about our research, please click on the'Research' tab above.

The undergraduate experience

With some 20 full-time members of staff providing experience, knowledge and enthusiasm in French teaching and research from the Middle Ages to the present day, we are able to offer the widest possible range of undergraduate options in the country. Our modules allow students to specialise in the areas they find most stimulating, from literature to linguistics, from popular culture to politics, from thought to translation, from film to postcolonial Francophone studies. Our teaching and research resources are extensive, including an excellent library, a state-of-the-art computer network and a large Language Centre, offering live satellite TV viewing and extensive self-access and tuition facilities and courses. For more information about our courses, including the opportunities for spending a year abroad in a French-speaking country, click on the 'Undergraduate' tab above. Find out more about the people who teach and research here.


When they graduate, our highly qualified students are equipped with the skills needed for a wide range of careers, including business, finance, sales, teaching and journalism. With 80% of our graduates going on to work and/or further study within just six months of graduation, studying French at Leeds represents a sound investment in the future.

Postgraduate community

French at Leeds has a very vibrant postgraduate culture, with students working on MAs by Research and on PhDs right across the discipline of French studies. The postgraduate community also extends to those undertaking further study elsewhere in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, which is widely recognised as one of the most productive places to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. For more information, click on the ‘Postgraduate’ tab above.

Staying in touch

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Hear from one of our students

Georgia Helm, final-year French and German student, describes her experience of studying at Leeds.