ULIP offers research degree supervision in its areas of expertise, including Paris history and culture, transnational and postcolonial literature, modern French and comparative literature, French and colonial history since the 1880s, and translation studies.

Key information

Up to 3 years Full Time / 6 years Part Time
Method of attendance
Full Time or Part Time

Entry requirements

We offer two University of London research degrees - the MPhil and the PhD in our areas of expertise. 

Candidates must have at least a first degree at Honours level (minimum upper second class, or mention 'assez bien') in a subject relevant to the area of research. A taught postgraduate degree to Masters level is recommended prior to undertaking post-graduate research.


Degree 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

How to apply

Please contact us for more detailed advice and information. Before submitting an application it is important that you contact us to discuss your application.

Fees and funding

Standard UK fees apply; for full-time research, fees are reduced in proportion for part-time students.

Full-time Home/EU student fees for 2018-19 are £4,260

Full-time Overseas student fees for  2018-19 are £15,550

Part-time Home/EU student fees for 2018-19 are £2,130

Part-time Overseas student fees for 2018-19 are £7,775

ULIP is not currently in a position to award doctoral scholarships or fee-waivers. However, we are happy to discuss ways of funding your postgraduate study in Paris and to share examples of how previous research students have funded their doctoral study at ULIP.