Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Italian received a 4 in the last Research Assessment Exercise. It has been studied informally here since the late 16th century and has been taught formally since 1919. We lay equal emphasis on contemporary culture and on earlier periods when Italy shaped civilisation. This mission of Edinburgh Italianists led to the editing of the Cambridge History of Italian Literature, the standard reference work.

Our research areas include: Medieval and Renaissance literature (including survival of the Classics); 19th- and 20th-century literature (especially experimental writing); 20th-century social history (especially women's history); literature and computers; film studies; travel writing.

Italian hosts an international web-based academic network dedicated to the study of the experimental modernist writer Carlo Emilio Gadda through the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies []. Italian also hosts a biennial scholarly prize in four categories for works on Italian 20th century fiction, the Edinburgh Gadda Prize []

Information for international students

Fees and funding

SAAS, British Academy, University/College studentships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Adviser
+44 (0) 131 650 3054