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PhD French Language & Literature

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
20530 CAD
National
20530 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Department
Department of French
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
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About this course

The Doctor of Philosophy program engages students in a program of study and research in French literature and/or linguistics approved by the department.


At the beginning of their course of study, students meet individually with either the Associate Chair or Graduate Coordinator in order to determine course selection with a view to ensuring that the student has a well-rounded program and, considered in conjunction with the undergraduate degree, has a broad knowledge of the discipline.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

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Course Modules

1. Course work
A student admitted on the basis of an appropriate bachelor's degree must complete 4 full-course equivalents during the first year of the program and 3.5 additional full-course equivalents during the second year. In exceptional circumstances only, and with the permission of the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, the student may take up to one full-course equivalent in the first year of the program, and one full-course equivalent in the second year, outside the Department. Any student wishing to take a course outside the Department must make an appointment with the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, to discuss this matter in person. Students in literature take FRE 1202H, FRE1203H, FRE1204H and FRE 1201H as part of their program; students in linguistics take FRE 1103H, FRE 1104H, FRE 1141H, and FRE 1201H as part of their program. To remain in good academic standing and to continue in the Ph.D. program, a student must complete 4 full-course equivalents, with an average grade of at least an A-, by the end of the first year of the program and complete the remaining 3.5 full-course equivalents, maintaining an average of at least an A-, by the end of the second year.


A student admitted on the basis of a master's degree must complete 3.5 full-course equivalents during the first year of the program. In exceptional circumstances only, and with the permission of the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, the student may take one full-course equivalent outside the Department. Any student wishing to take a course outside the Department must make an appointment with the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, to discuss this matter in person. Students in literature take FRE 1202H, FRE1203H, FRE1204H, unless these courses or their equivalents have already been completed, and FRE 1201H as part of their program; students in linguistics take FRE 1103H, FRE 1104H, and FRE 1141H unless already completed, and FRE 1201H as part of their program. To remain in good academic standing and to continue in the Ph.D. program, a student must complete 3.5 full-course equivalents, with an average grade of at least an A-, by the end of the first year of the program.
Essays for half-courses are to be between 3500 and 5000 words in length.


2. Thesis topics
By September 15 of the second year of registration, in the case of a student admitted to the Ph.D. program on the basis of a master’s degree, otherwise by September 15 of the third year of registration, a student must register a thesis topic with the Department. The proposal must be signed by the faculty member who has agreed to direct the thesis and by the two faculty members who will serve on the student’s supervisory committee.

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How to Apply

One copy of the official transcript of your academic record from each university attended must be sent by your Registrar directly to the Graduate Department of French (50 St Joseph Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1J4), in a sealed envelope.

2) Two academic letters of recommendation must be submitted by respondents. You will need to provide two email contacts. Please contact your referees in advance to confirm the contact information. After payment, your referees will be contacted by email and asked to submit their recommendation electronically.

3) A specimen of written work in French done as part of your undergraduate degree must be submitted electronically to the SGS online admissions application.

4) A Letter of Intent in French must also be submitted electronically indicating whether you intend the MA to be a final degree or whether you intend to proceed subsequently to the PhD. You should also outline the area in which you intend to pursue your program in French literature or linguistics.

5) A copy of your curriculum vitae.

All students admitted to the M.A. program, as of September 2012, will receive a half funding package of approximately $12,474, which includes a work assignment (correcting duties, research assistantship, etc.) in the department.

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