Research course


University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages

Entry requirements

A 1 or 2.1 in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Without doubt, Italy is a cornerstone of European culture as well as providing a controversial and stimulating area of studies in the modern period.

Kent offers an ideal environment for the postgraduate study of modern Italian society, literature and thought, within a broadly European context. With the research interests of staff covering the modern period, postgraduates can also benefit from the Italian studies interdisciplinary research seminar series and the activities of the newly established Centre for Critical Thought, both coordinated by the Department, which include lectures by prestigious guest speakers. The Department is also running a PhD co-tutelle programme with the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM), one of the leading research institutions in Italy.

We can offer supervision on contemporary Italian critical thought as well as contemporary Italian literature and cultural studies. We welcome postgraduate students who obtained their first degree in Italy.

Department specialisms

The research strength of the Italian Department lies at the intersection of critical thought and literary theory. Research at Kent is consciously conceived as interdisciplinary. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your plans at an early stage of your application.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Lorenzo Chiesa
+44 (0)1227 827951