UCL Graduate degrees


Italian MPhil/PhD

UCL's Italian department is one of the largest in the UK, and our staff cover a broad range of specialisms. We have a strong tradition of collaborative relationships with research centres and interdisciplinary consortia both within UCL and the University of London, and at a national and international level, notably in Italy and the USA.


Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£5,365 (FT)
£2,685 (PT)
£21,580 (FT)
£10,860 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

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Expertise covers periods from the medieval to the contemporary, with specific strengths in: Dante, medieval literature, renaissance culture with a specific focus on the visual arts and the history of ideas, romanticism, the political and cultural history of modern Italy, Italian Jewish history, language study and linguistics, twentieth-century avant-gardes, Mafia, contemporary literature and graphic novels.

Research areas

  • Art (Futurism; Arte Povera)
  • Contemporary Italian Literature
  • Dante
  • History of minorities in Italy
  • Italian food
  • Italian poetry (medieval to modern)
  • Linguistics
  • The Mafia
  • Post-unification history
  • The Renaissance.

About this degree


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For information about available funding and scholarships please visit the SELCS  Funding and Scholarships website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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 an internship at Christie's.


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 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?

Departmental 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 the University of London. Exceptional research libraries, including the British Library, are close at hand, and the UCL library has important holdings in Italian, notably 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.

Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society

What our students and staff say

Student review

"I found the support and encouragement of my supervisors the most valuable part of my degree, as well as the number and variety of opportunities available to postgraduate students: societies, talks, PGTA roles, conferences, collaborative projects."

Bethany Gaunt

Italian 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You are strongly recommended to identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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