Research course


Swansea University · College of Arts and Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

MSc by Research/MPhil: You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject. PhD : You should hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and you should hold or expect to achieve a postgraduate Master’s degree in a related subject. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Italian is part of the Languages, Translation and Communication Department, which boasts a dynamic research environment which has already won attention and funding from outside bodies such as the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust and the EU.

Literary-cultural research strengths in Italian are mainly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and include:

  • Narrative theory and the writings of Umberto Eco
  • Fascist cultural policy and censorship

We also have specialists on vocabulary acquisition and second language learning. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Second language acquisition in the classroom environment
  • Language learning and technology
  • Error correction: the use of digital feedback in the language classroom

All research students in Italian are required to attend skills and training courses at College and University level. You will give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. From the second year you may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars, for which you will receive training and payment.

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Julian Preece
+44 (0)1792 295926