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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • 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).

Core Module

  • Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two of the following fields:
  • Postcolonialism, Visual Culture, Trauma, Memory, Collective Identities

Options

  • Renaissance Texts: Resources and Research Techniques
  • Divina Commedia
  • Marsilio Ficino, De Amore
  • Giordano Bruno
  • Italy: A Difficult Modernity
  • Contemporary Italian Cultures
  • Advanced Translation from and into Italian

Dissertation/report

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

Funding from the Arts & Humanities Research council (AHRC) may be possible with this degree.

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Siva-Finestone Master's Scholarship in French

This award is based on academic merit and is open to prospective students of the MA in Language, Culture and History (French and Francophone Studies).

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

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


Next steps

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