Italian Studies: Language, Culture and History MA
The Italian Studies MA is a pathway in the faculty-wide MA in Language, Culture and History, offering an extensive range of courses in Italian literature, history and literary theory. Students can take this flexible, interdisciplinary programme as self-contained study or as preparation for a research degree.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme introduces students to literary texts from a variety of periods in Italian history and places them within a historical, philosophical and theological framework. Students develop subject-specific, professional skills necessary for the pursuit of their chosen options, including sourcing material, field-work techniques, bibliographic skills and linguistic skills.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Italian is the original home of Italian studies in Britain, and has a distinguished record in the field of graduate studies and research. Students benefit from UCL's excellent Italian resources, including the Rotton and Ogden collections and the Castiglione and Dante collections.
UCL's central location enables easy access to London's exceptional resources including the specialist collections of Italian material in the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. The British Film Institute Library holds major Italian film periodicals and numerous books on Italian cinema, and the nearby British Library houses the largest collection of early printed books in the world.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), dissertation (90 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (research pathway).
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, tutorials, seminar-presentations, film screenings, and visits to research libraries including the British Library, the Warburg Institute, Institute of Historical Research and Senate House. Students are assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Funding from the Arts & Humanities Research council (AHRC) may be possible with this degree.
Scholarships available for this department
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
The School offers one scholarship each academic year in memory of Carlina Macdonald, a former student of the Italian Department, who graduated in 1991. The scholarship has been made possible by a generous bequest made by the Trustees of Carlina's estate.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants must demonstrate proven competence in the Italian language, including good reading knowledge and aural comprehension. Applicants whose first degree is not in Italian, or whose first language is not Italian will normally be required to pass a test of their knowledge of the language before they can be admitted.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. Applicants intending to apply for scholarships will, however, need to complete the application process before applying for a scholarship. Scholarship deadlines usually fall in early spring.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for students wishing to further their interest in Italian literature, language and history, and for those intending to proceed on to doctoral research. It can also serve as a conversion degree, enabling students with first degrees in other disciplines to move onto a research degree in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Italian Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Italian Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme will be of interest both to those who wish to enhance their knowledge of Italian culture for professional purposes - in the fields, for example, of education, media, commerce and tourism - as well as to students wishing to pursue their studies to a doctoral level.
Recent first destinations of MA graduates from the department of Italian at UCL include:
- The Royal Armouries, Tower of London: Education Officer
- University of Naples: Language Coordinator
- International House: Teacher Trainer
- University of Trento: Doctoral Research in Italian Studies
- Warburg Institute: Doctoral Research in Renaissance Studies
- UCL University: Doctoral Research in Renaissance Studies
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mr Joseph Taylor
T: +44 (0)20 7679 3096
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"London offers unparalleled resources for all researchers and UCL is fortunate in being just round the corner from the British Library, British Museum and the Wellcome Trust."
Professor Bas Aarts
Professor of English Linguistics
Subject: English, Faculty: Arts and Humanities
"The university is also a gateway for accessing a broader philosophy scene in London, such as the Aristotelian Society and the Institute of Philosophy."
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Subject: Philosophy, Faculty: Arts and Humanities
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