Core courses [60.0]
L’étudiant établira son programme en concertation avec son promoteur.Students are required to take a minimum of 10 credits in Romance languages : 5 credits in the core subjects and 5 credits in the research focus or in the option courses.
List of focuses
Students must choose one of the following focuses:
Research Focus [30.0]
By offering the opportunity to further the fundamentals of the course and introducing students to an approach to research, the research focus develops culture generally and specific academic skills for the student of romance languages: analysis, review, a critical mind, autonomy, adaptability and the perfection of all elements of discourse. It is aimed at students who are interested in research, but also in the numerous indirect prospects to which an education in French and romance languages and literature can lead.
Students have the opportunity to gain work experience through an internship related to one of the direct or indirect career options relevant to their research focus. This can take place during the first or second year of the Master's degree. At least two weeks prior to the programme approval date (in the first or second bloc), students must submit their internship proposal and a duly completed internship agreement to the supervisory panel. Students whose proposals are not accepted will add an additional research focus module to their programme.
Students who choose this finalité may apply to participate in the co-graduation program in French and Francophone Studies, which associates UCLouvain with three partner universities:
- the University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle;
- the Ca'Foscari University of Venice;
- the Humboldt University of Berlin.
A program is drawn up for each student: the first year of the master's degree is completed at the UCLouvain and the second year at the chosen partner university. At the end, the student receives, in case of success, the diplomas of master of the two universities. An equivalent system exists with the University of Lausanne, but does not lead to a double degree. For more information and to submit an application: https://uclouvain.be/fr/facultes/fial/etudes-francaises-et-francophones-nouveau.html30 credits to be chosen including a maximum of 2 seminars
Teaching Focus [30.0]
IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with article 138 para. 4 of the decree of 7 November 2013 concerning higher education and the academic organisation of studies, teaching practice placements will not be assessed in the September session. Students are required to make every effort to successfully complete the teaching practice in the June session, subject to having to retake the year.
The teaching focus is concerned with preparation for teaching at the higher levels of secondary education. The programme is designed to develop the following skills:
- design, planning and assessment of practice;
- ability to assess practices and their context;
- understanding of the educational institution, its setting and players.
Three kinds of activities are involved:
- teaching practice at the higher levels of secondary education (60 hours);
They are divided into two categories:
- teaching practice, multidisciplinary courses and seminars, common to all subjects. They have the code LAGRE (13 credits);
- subject-based teaching practice, courses and seminars (17 credits).
The teaching focus of the 120 credit Master’s degree includes the training which leads to the qualification for teaching in secondary education (Agrégation de l'enseignement secondaire supérieur – AESS) (300 hours - 30 credits), in accordance with the Decrees of 8 February 2001 and that of 17 December 2003 (concerning the basis of neutrality) relating to the initial training of teachers at the higher levels of secondary education in the French Community in Belgium. These 30 credits also make up the AESS programme in Ancient Languages and Letters: Classics which can be taken after a 60 credit or a 120 credit Master’s degree.
In practical terms, successful completion of the Master’s degree with the teaching focus leads also to the award of professional status as a secondary education teacher. Assessment of the skills in the AESS programme is spread over the 2 blocks of the Master’s degree.
Students may if they wish combine this focus with an Erasmus or Mercator exchange which must take place either during the 2nd semester of the first block or the 1st semester of the second block. All courses for the teaching focus must, however, be taken at UCLouvain.
Professional Focus: Library Studies (Publishing, Bookselling, Library) [30.0]
Optional courses [30.0]
1. Students enrolled on the teaching focus or the professional focus should choose a minimum of 5 credits In Romance languages (in addition to the course chosen from the core subjects); students enrolled on the professional focus should do likewise, except where they have chosen LROM2855, LROM2857, LROM2514 or LROM2517
2. As part of a well-argued educational plan and with the agreement of the select committee, students may choose other courses (max. 10 credits) from the Master's programmes run by the Faculty (e.g. in history, history of art, musicology or philosophy) or the University. Their choice may include courses in theatre studies, genre studies and the digital humanities and ethics optional module.
If certain courses are available in the core curriculum or in a research focus, no more than 6 credits may be taken from each. No courses may be taken from the teaching focus or professional focus.
Preparatory Module (only for students who qualify for the course via complementary coursework)To access this Master, students must have a good command of certain subjects. If this is not the case, they must add supplementary classes at the beginning of their Master’s programme in order to obtain the prerequisites for these studies.
What is a preparatory module?
It is a set of supplementary classes (courses, practical works, seminars, etc.) from the first cycle (see the non-exhaustive list below). The complementary module (maximum 60 credits) is tailor-made by the jury according to the student's educational background and added to the Master’s programme in order to acquire fundamental knowledge to then pursue the 120 credits of the Master’s programme.
Who is it for?
- Students from a non-university higher education institution
- Candidates admitted with additional training
- Candidates admitted on the file with additional training
All the explanations are in this document (in French).