12 months
3168 USD/year
3168 USD/year
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The Master of Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in the field of French and Francophone Studies is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.


Key facts

Located in the Faculty of Humanities in the burgeoning cultural hub of Johannesburg’s city bowl, the School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM) contributes to the vibrant literary and intellectual life of the city and offers students the opportunity to explore the implications of social and cultural diversity through the study of language, literature, writing, media studies, policy and regulation in the electronic communications and Internet sectors. The School is home to top international scholars, including one of the few A-rated academics in literary studies, and prides itself on its high standard of teaching.

The Master of French and Francophone Studies programme is offered  the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The department of French and Francophone Studies at Wits reflects this transcultural diversity in its offerings which are articulated around two main thrusts. The first aims to develop communicative language competence in students, to enable them to become independent users of the French language in a variety of social and professional contexts. 

The second aims to equip students with intercultural skills and knowledge in order to engage in critical current debates on society and postcoloniality, through the study of seminal Francophone literary texts. These aims are informed by a student-centered, communicative pedagogical approach that encourages independent learning and thinking.


 Many employers are now choosing liberal arts majors over narrowly trained technical specialists, because their superior communication skills give them a distinct advantage in the business and professional worlds. Courses in French combine well with: Other European Languages. Fine Arts. Political Science. Sociology. Philosophy. Drama. Music. International Relations. Translation & Interpretation and Media Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses included
  • French Studies at Wits offers two modules and the remaining modules may be chosen from Honours modules at University of Johannesburg.
  • Students may combine French modules offered by French Studies at Wits with two modules offered by another discipline (with the permission of the heads of relevant divisions/departments).

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


190 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Honours:
A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.
  • Masters by Coursework and Research Report:
A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate
  • Masters by Dissertation:
A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregateA supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3168 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    3168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3168 USD per year during 12 months.

R 46 220

Living costs for Johannesburg

8434 - 12036 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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