Research course

Italian Studies

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A Master's qualifiaction or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject (or equivalent) and adequate linguistic competence in the subjects to be studied. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Italian Studies at Manchester undertakes internationally recognized research which is both wide-ranging and markedly interdisciplinary, with a particular focus on linguistics, translation studies, and cultural politics from the Medieval to the modern period. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise over half of its research activity was deemed to be in the top two categories of 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent', placing it in the upper tier of a small group of elite institutions.

A considerable number of candidates have pursued PhD research in the fields of Italian linguistics and cultural history, in part supported by funding secured from major AHRC research project awards (£350,000 and £280,000). Resources for the study of Italian at Manchester are outstanding and underpinned by the holdings of The John Rylands University Library, the third largest academic library in the UK. The Deansgate branch of the JRULM, which has recently undergone a £16m refurbishment, houses the library's special collections which include a world class holding of early Italian printed books from the Spencer, Christie, and Bullock collections. The research culture is further enhanced by the presence of Visiting Professors and Lecturers from Italy, participation in the interdisciplinary seminars held by the Italian Forum, and regular research seminars.

Department specialisms

Research specialisms in Italian include; Italian Linguistics; Dialectology, 20th-Century Literature; Culture and Dictatorship (Italian Fascism); The Politics of Publishing; Dante; Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Information for international students

The English language requirement for overseas students is a TOEFL score of 600 (paer-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of 7, with 7 in the writing element of the test.

Fees and funding

AHRC competition; School bursaries; ORS awards for overseas students. Please contact the School for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031