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

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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.


Overview

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.


Structure

This MA programme is designed both for students who intend to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) and for those who wish to further their interest in aspects of Italian literature, language and history. 

The MA degree can also serve as a 'conversion' degree, enabling students with first degrees in disciplines other than Italian to move onto a research degree in Italian.

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (60 credits) and 90 credits-worth of other modules, at least 30 credits of which must be chosen from the language-specific pathway.

Taught

Core Module (30 credits)

Main Module Options (students choose three)

Other Modules With the agreement of the Programme Director, students may combine their interests in Italian Studies with other areas or subjects taught across the various MA programmes in the Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII).Dissertation (60 credits)

Research-Intensive Structure

Core Module (30 credits)

Main Module Options (2 x 30 credits)

Dissertation (90 credits)

Entry

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.


Careers

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


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