PhD - French as a subject
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component.
Would you like to be able to chat with a winemaker in the Loire Valley? Discuss the menu with a waiter in a Parisian café? Frequent the Latin Quarter and talk about existentialism in the Café de la Sorbonne? Then learning French as part of a major in International Languages and Cultures is the ideal way to start.
- Applied Linguistics
- Computer Science
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Planning
- Environmental Sciences
- Health, Sport and Human Performance
- Human Resource Management
- International Relations and Security Studies
- Management and Sustainability
- Materials and Processing
- Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
- Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
- Māori Media and Communication
- Pacific and Indigenous Studies
- Political Science
- Population Studies and Demography
- Public Relations
- Screen and Media Studies
- Social Policy
- Strategic Management
- Theatre Studies
- Tourism Management
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|Start Dates:||The first day of any month from February to November|
|Fees (Domestic):||$6,516-$7,306 per year|
|Fees (International):||$32,577-$42,841 per year *New international students may be eligible for domestic fees|
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New Zealand resident International PhD students pay the domestic fee.
*Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.
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- Tour Guide
- Translator or Interpreter
- Travel Agent
Papers available within French
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.
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Exchange programme and study abroad
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The University’s exchange agreements with France’s Université de La Rochelle and the University of New Caledonia allows students to study for a trimester in France as part of their undergraduate degree.
Students wishing to work in France, New Caledonia or Tahiti can take a break from their studies and spend a year in a French-speaking school as an English teaching assistant. Students need at least beginner's French to be eligible to apply. There is also an exchange with the University of Avignon in the South of France. These exchanges often lead to contacts and further employment in Europe.
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French is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or as a supporting subject for the BA, as a specialisation (set out below), and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
French pathway within International Languages and Cultures major
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA. International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. For full details see International Languages and Cultures major.
French language specialisation
Within the BA, BBA, BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a French Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in French is available. The focus of the specialisation is to provide students with the opportunity to develop language skills that might enhance their ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.
A specialisation in French for the BA and BSocSc requires 60 points above 100 level in French, made up of FREN231, FREN232 and FREN331.
The point of entry into the French programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of French take FREN131 and FREN132. Students normally take both papers in a single year and take FREN231 and FREN232 the following year. Students with some experience of French (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with FREN132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 NCEA French, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into FREN231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 NCEA French, or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of French, begin with FREN231.
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.