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BSc Biology with French for Science (C1R1)
BSc Biochemistry with French  for Science (C7R1)
BSc Biotechnology with French  for Science (J7R1)

How to apply

Course details

  • Learn about French scientific culture and history
  • All courses are taught in the target language
  • These courses are not approriate for native or near-native speakers
Department of Life Sciences

Overview

In addition to the Biology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology elements of the programme, the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication provides the following:

  • training in the use and presentation of scientific and technical material in French in written and oral forms. This is presented in a clear and effective manner for a range of purposes and audiences
  • further studies in the history, politics, science and technology of French speaking countries
  • a research project and taught courses at an approved educational institution in France in the third year of the course
  • an introduction to the theory and practice of translation, with a focus on French for science
Savoir s'étonner à propos est le premier pas fait sur la route de la découverte. "

Louis Pasteur

Chimiste et biologiste français (1822-1895)

Pasteur Statue  

Course structure

Year 1

A two-hour weekly language class from the Imperial Horizons Programme taught over two terms (Autumn, Spring).

A one-hour weekly specialist language class to prepare you for your stay abroad, traditionally taught on Fridays at lunchtime over two terms (Autumn, Spring).

A one-hour weekly lecture/seminar style course on contemporary French history and politics taught over two terms (Autumn, Spring).

Year 2

A two-hour weekly language class from the Imperial Horizons Programme taught over two terms (Autumn, Spring).

A one-hour weekly specialist language class to prepare students for their stay abroad, traditionally taught on Fridays at lunchtime over two terms (Autumn, Spring).

A one-hour weekly lecture/seminar style course on the history of contemporary French Science & Technology taught over two terms (Autumn, Spring).

Year 3

Year Abroad

Year spent in a partner French-speaking partner institution as part of the ERASMUS+ European exchange programme.

During this year of study, you are required to complete a Language Project [pdf]. In the Autumn following your return, you will have to complete a Viva on your work .

Year 4

A two-hour weekly language class from the Imperial Horizons Programme that you are required to attend in the Autumn term, with the option to complete the course in the Spring term if you wish to. (Autumn or Autumn & Spring terms)

A two-hour weekly practical translation class focusing on discipline related texts, taught in two separate hours over two terms (Autumn, Spring).