Italian Studies at UCL is one of the largest centres in the UK, and our staff cover a broad range of specialisms. We have a strong tradition of collaborative relationships with other research centres and interdisciplinary consortia within UCL and the University of London, and at a national and international level, notably in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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.
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.
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 special focus on theatre and women’s writing, Romanticism, the political and cultural history of modern Italy, language study and generative linguistics, twentieth-century literature, avant-gardes, Fascism, Mafia, contemporary literature, cinema and graphic novels, ecocriticism and critical theory.
- Art (Futurism; Novecento movement)
- Dante and medieval literature
- Generative linguistics (syntax, prosody, information structure)
- Italian food
- Italian poetry (medieval to modern)
- Italian Fascism
- Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature
- Post-unification history
- Renaissance/Early Modern culture
About this degree
For information about available funding and scholarships please visit the SELCS Funding and Scholarships website.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- UK/EU rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
We support doctoral students in developing a range of skills that are invaluable in academia and in numerous other fields where PhD holders are prized for their skills in communication, critical analysis, management of projects and deadlines, and intercultural mediation. Students completing their doctorates in Italian Studies have followed a variety of different career paths, and recent destinations include: university lecturing posts (Durham, Manchester, London SAS, Reading, Rome, UCL, Urbino, Vienna), research fellowships (held at universities in the UK, Italy, Chile), posts in secondary schools (UK, Italy, Switzerland), publishing and journalism (UK, Italy), librarianship, and an internship at Christie's.
UCL Italian has many research collaborations and connections with leading institutions, especially in the USA (New York University, Notre Dame University) and the EU/EEA (University College Cork, Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Paris-Sorbonne, Paris-Nanterre), as well as in Italy (Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Universities of Bologna, Padua, Pisa, Rome-La Sapienza, Roma Tre, Siena, Turin and Venice). Our research seminar hosts visiting speakers from UK and international universities, museums, and libraries, and we regularly welcome visiting PhD students from universities outside the UK, in collaborations that widen both staff and student research networks.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Our staff offer expert supervision across cultural, historical, literary and linguistic disciplines. We are the only Italian Studies centre in the Arts and Humanities Research Council London Consortium (AHRC-LAHP), a major funding body: Italian Studies projects have a strong success rate with scholarships in this and other national and UCL competitions. Our students can access specialised research training programmes within UCL’s doctoral school, as well as inter-university series: our staff contribute, for instance, to UK Linguistics training programmes and to the international postgraduate summer school, Hermes, in Literary and Cultural Studies. UCL’s Cities Partnership programme with Rome offers opportunities to access international collaborations and research events across university, research and cultural institutions in and around the Italian capital.
We have close links to important research centres within UCL and the University of London. There are opportunities to collaborate on projects with UCL’s Museums and Collections, the Slade School of Art, and the Bloomsbury Theatre. Exceptional research libraries at UCL, the London School of Advanced Study, the Warburg Institute, and the British Library, give nearby access to important holdings in all of our subject areas (including rare books and manuscripts). 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.
What our students and staff say:
“I spent a productive and thought-provoking time at SELCS. I was often involved in engaging departmental seminars, I had the chance to present my own papers and staff were always on hand and willing to support my projects. The academic supervision that I experienced was professional and awe-inspiring at all times. I would definitely encourage new students to join us.” FRANCESCA MASIERO, Italian MPhil/PhD
“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
Department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society
What our students and staff say
"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 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.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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.
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