Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £17,190 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- Art (Futurism; Arte Povera)
- Contemporary Italian Literature
- History of Minorities in Italy
- Italian Food
- Italian Poetry (Medieval to Modern)
- The Mafia
- Post-Unification History
- The Renaissance.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £27,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Students completing their doctorates in Italian Studies have followed a variety of different career paths, both within and outside academia. Career destinations include: Research fellowships (British Academy Fellowship), posts in secondary (UK, Italy) and in higher education (Manchester, Reading, UCL, London SAS), publishing and journalism, librarianship, and Christie's internship.
The department supports doctoral students in developing a range of skills that are invaluable not only to careers in academia, but in numerous other fields where PhD holders are prized for their skills in communication, critical analysis, management of projects and deadlines, and intercultural mediation. Recent doctoral students have gone on to work in universities and schools, in libraries, museums and archives, in NGOs and in broadcasting and film industries.
UCL italian department has many research collaborations and connections with leading institutions such as New York University, Paris-Sorbonne University, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, University of Rome-La Sapienza, University of Turin and University of Venice. Our departmental research seminar additionally provides opportunities for contact with visiting academics from around the world.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Department staff offer expert supervision across a broad span of cultural, historical, literary and linguistic disciplines. We are the only Italian department in the new Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) London Research Consortium, a major source of doctoral funding. Training opportunities include membership of a dedicated italian research programme linking five UK universities as well as UCL's doctoral school programme.
The department has close links to important research centres, both within UCL and in London University. Exceptional research libraries, including the British Library, are close at hand, and UCL Library has important holdings in italian, notable major collections on Dante and the renaissance. Staff have close relationships with London museums and cultural centres such as the Estorick, the Tate, Poetry in the City, the British Film Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the BBC, and others.
Student / staff ratios › 52 staff › 120 taught students › 18 research students
Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
"I found the support and encouragement of my supervisors the most valuable part of my university supervisors, as well as the number and variety of opportunities available to postgraduate students: societies, talks, PGTA roles, conferences, collaborative projects etc."
Bethany GauntItalian MPhil/PhD
Application and next steps
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now