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New MA Bursary in French Studies at QMUL's School of Linguistics, Languages and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary, University of London is happy to announce the Jill Forbes MA Bursary for students in Comparative Literature with French OR Film Studies with French.

Thanks to the generosity of the late Jill Forbes - a former chair of French at Queen Mary, and a leading figure in French studies both nationally and internationally - we are able to support a full-time UK or EU MA student specializing in a field relating to French studies, through a fee bursary for the academic year 2017/18 (value £8200).

Applicants must have French as a named subject in their first degree (completed or due for completion in 2017), and propose a dissertation project that includes a substantial French/Francophone element. Applicants are invited to submit a short dissertation research proposal (no more than 300 words in English or French) and a covering letter together with their application.

If eligible candidates have already submitted an application to the MA programme in Comparative Literature or Film Studies and wish to apply for the bursary, they should submit a dissertation proposal and covering letter directly to Dr. Shital Pravinchandra: (for Comparative Literature) or Dr. Jenny Chamarette: (for Film Studies)

Applications may be made via the taught postgraduate course finder here (Comparative Literature) or here (Film Studies)

All applications must be received by 15 July 2017.


Our thriving and dynamic department offers a range of innovative and highly popular undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, from single honours Comparative Literature to joint honours combinations with HistoryFilmLinguistics, or one of the following languages: FrenchGermanIberian and Latin American Studies or Russian.

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What is Comparative Literature

A well-established, demanding and exciting subject which allows you to study literature written in languages from across the world, and to explore literature in conjunction with other cultural and artistic production (film, music, painting, philosophy). It's all about expanding your literary and cultural horizons.

  • Why study Comparative Literature?

According to eminent comparatist George Steiner, it allows you to "see more". You will be studying:

-          literature written in more than one language

-          more than literature alone 

The breadth and variety of Comparative Literature make it ideally suited for students operating in today's global and highly visual world.

  • Why study Comparative Literature with us?

Top 5 reasons (see our Undergraduate and Postgraduate pages for more):

1.       the range of modules available

2.       our location in London and the thriving, culturally dynamic East End

3.       the commitment and expertise of our specialist staff

4.       the diversity of our students and staff

5.       our collaborations with external partners, from publishers to museums


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