Research course

Italian Studies

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

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.

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 Modernism, history of the book and periodical studies, late medieval and Renaissance literary and cultural studies, translation studies and linguistics. In the 2014 REF, Modern Languages and Linguistics at Manchester, the unit of assessment that includes Italian Studies, had more than 70% of research outputs rated at 4* (world leading)/3* (internationally excellent). These results place Modern Languages and Linguistics at Manchester at a highly impressive 3rd out of 57 submissions, nationally, based on research power (calculated by 4* and 3* times number of staff submitted).

A considerable number of PhD candidates in Italian have pursued research across fields from the medieval to modern, including linguistics, often supported by funding secured from major AHRC research project awards. Italian has also been at the forefront of the relaunch of the John Rylands Research Institute ( ) based at the University's special collections securing PhD bursaries for candidates working on the world-class holdings of early Italian printed books and manuscripts from the Spencer, Christie, and Bullock collections. Staff are also involved in collaborations with colleagues from institutions across the world and have recently secured visiting professorships, fellowships, and grants at Harvard University, the Folger Library, the Morgan Library and the British School in Rome. The research culture is further enhanced by the presence of Visiting Professors and Lecturers from Italy and the USA, participation in the interdisciplinary seminars held by CIDRAL ( ), and our own research seminars.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require:

an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component


a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test


a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component


an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031