Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.

With guidance from our expert supervisors, you will carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Broadly speaking the area covered by ULIP’s expertise is the study of the Paris history and culture, transnational and postcolonial literature, modern French and comparative literature, French and colonial history since the 1880s, and translation studies.

This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. On completing this course, you will be well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.

This programme is managed in partnership with the School of Advanced Study and the University of London Institute in Paris. Students are registered at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) as SAS students, but will undertake study on-campus in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) with supervision delivered by ULIP.

Subject Areas

The University of London Institute in Paris offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:

  • Paris history and culture
  • Transnational and postcolonial literature
  • Modern French and comparative literature
  • French and colonial history since the 1880s
  • Translation studies.

Course Structure

The MPhil involves a minimum of two years (equivalent to six terms) of study, and a dissertation of up to 60,000 words. The PhD is awarded after a minimum of three years (equivalent to nine terms) of study for a dissertation of up to 100,000 words. Both degrees can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

Our research degrees usually start in September or January, although start dates can be flexible.

In common with most UK universities, you will initially be registered for an MPhil degree and be expected to transfer to the PhD programme during your second year, on meeting the formal requirements for progression/upgrade.

A successful MPhil dissertation is either a record of original work in a Iimited area or an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge in a field. A successful PhD dissertation must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality either in the discovery of new facts, or by the exercise of independent critical power, or both.

Examples of areas in which the Institute can provide supervision are:

  • Paris History and Culture
  • Transnational and Postcolonial Literature
  • Modern French and Comparative Literature
  • French and Colonial History since the 1880s
  • Translation Studies

This programme is managed in partnership with the School of Advanced Study and the University of London Institute in Paris. Students are registered at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) as SAS students, but will undertake study on-campus in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) with supervision delivered by ULIP.

The University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)

The University of London Institute in Paris is the UK's leading institute in France and  offers outstanding courses in French Studies, International Relations and Law.

The Institute is a central academic body of the University of London, one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education.

The federal University comprises 17 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities, including Senate House Library and the Careers Group.

120,000 students are currently studying at the University of London, with a further 50,000 students in 180 countries studying by distance learning with the University of London Worldwide.

The School of Advanced Study 

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London brings together nine internationally renowned research institutes to form the UK's national centre for the support of researchers and the promotion of research in the humanities.

How to Apply

Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal. A list of academic staff and their interests can be found here.

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Guidelines on drafting your research proposal.

Note: in accordance with regulations research students will be registered for the MPhil degree in the first instance. Upgrading to PhD will be considered in the second year for full-time students and in the third or fourth year for part-time students.Candidates will normally receive an initial response to their application within 28 working days. Those who have been formally interviewed will normally be informed within one week as to whether they are to be offered a place.

 

Fees and Funding

Supervisors

Professor Anna-Louise Milne

Director of Research, University of London Institute in Paris

 

E-mail 

List of projects this supervisor is interested in supervising:

  • Comparative literature
  • Modernism
  • Cultural translation
  • Urban studies
  • Contemporary migration

Dr Catriona MacLeod

Lecturer in French and Visual Studies, University of London Institute in Paris

 

E-mail 

List of projects this supervisor is interested in supervising:

  • Bande dessinée
  • Graphic novels
  • Gender studies
  • Feminist visual theory
  • Migration
  • French Guiana

Dr Charlotte Legg

Lecturer in French and History, Head of Department​, University of London Institute in Paris

 

E-mail 

List of projects this supervisor is interested in supervising:

  • Colonial History
  • Modern History
  • Settler Colonial Studies
  • Gender History
  • Cultural History

Dr Edouard Morena

Lecturer in French and International Politics​, University of London Institute in Paris

 

E-mail

List of projects this supervisor is interested in supervising:

  • Modern History
  • Republicanism
  • Climate Policy 
  • Social Movements