French has been taught at the University of Leeds throughout the institution's history.
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.
Our research is distinctive because it covers the whole discipline of French studies from the medieval period to the present day.
10th for Modern Languages in the UK (Guardian League Tables 2019)
Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
We have a very vibrant postgraduate culture; our students are working on MAs by Research and PhDs right across the discipline of French and Francophone studies.
Our research specialisms include:
- literature from the medieval period to the present
- contemporary French culture
- film and visual cultures
- francophone literature and politics
- French politics and society
- popular culture
- modern French history
- linguistics and translation studies.