Doctoral study in French

Why study with us?

The University of Auckland offers New Zealand's most extensive programme in French.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from: financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding; high-calibre supervision practices; and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.

Research opportunities

We welcome PhD research proposals in areas such as:

  • Contemporary French literature
  • French linguistics and phonology
  • Medieval literature, feminist readings of medieval romance
  • French cinema
  • Translation, including audiovisual translation (subtitling)
  • North African and Pacific literatures in French
  • Feminist, post-colonial, poststructuralist and comparative approaches to French literature

Our people

Our staff are expert teachers and recognised specialists in their fields.

Past research topics

  • "Culture, politics, religion and language in the letters of French Roman Catholic missionaries in 1840 New Zealand: An analysis and translation" | Supervised by Dr Trudy Agar and Dr Vanessa Enriquez Raido
  • "Victor Segalen: Exotisme, altérité, transcendance" | Supervised by Dr Trudy Agar and Professor Christian Doumet
  • "Une pensée-autre du corps: Le sexe et la sexualité dans la fiction contemporaine marocaine en langue française" | Supervised by Dr Trudy Agar and Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine
  • "Inside job? How cultural outsiders write, translate, and read cross-cultural crime fiction" | Supervised by Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison and Jean-Marie Schaeffer
  • "(Re)writing pathways: Oral tradition, written tradition, and identity construction in Kanaky/Nouvelle-Calédonie" | Supervised by Emeritus Professor Raylene Ramsay and Professor Dominique Jouve

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in French:

Help and advice

For help with enrolling in your PhD you can contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study