French (2018)

The French programme offers papers in language, literature, linguistics, civilisation and translation. Students majoring in French will acquire a good grounding in the core areas of the subject that will prepare them for graduate studies in French. The University has exchange agreements with several French universities, and students are encouraged to undertake a semester of study in France. French may be usefully combined with subjects outside the BA, including Law, Management, Music and Science. Students intending to pursue a career in secondary language teaching should enrol in another language as well.

French is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the French language pathway can be found under International Languages and Cultures. French is available as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

The point of entry into the French programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of French take FRNCH131 and FRNCH132. Students normally take both papers in a single year and take FRNCH231 and FRNCH232 in the following year. Students with some experience of French (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with FRNCH132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA French, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into FRNCH231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 in NCEA French, or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of French, begin with FRNCH231.

Note: Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in French papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in French papers above 200 level. Students interested in studying French for their major can do so through International Languages and Cultures. Students who commenced a major in French in 2010 or prior should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office for advice.


  • 100 level

  • 200 level

  • 300 level

  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Fren) and GradDip(Fren)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included French at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Fren), PGDip(Fren), BA(Hons) and MA
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate French papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level French papers or all their undergraduate French papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) in French, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally FREN591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for French.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in French, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: French pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level French papers or all of their undergraduate French papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in French (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across al 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MA in French vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including one of FREN501, FREN510 or FREN524, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    Students are advised to consult with the Convenor of French about their programme of study.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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