UCL Graduate degrees


Italian MPhil/PhD

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£22,230 (FT)
£11,190 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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 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.

Research areas

  • Art (Futurism; Novecento movement)
  • Dante and medieval literature
  • Generative linguistics (syntax, prosody, information structure)
  • Italian food
  • Italian poetry (medieval to modern)
  • Italian Fascism
  • Mafia
  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature
  • Post-unification history
  • Renaissance/Early Modern culture

More information can be found on the department website: Italian MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UK 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

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

All applicants must identify and contact potential supervisors before making their application. For more information see our 'Need to Know' page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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