Taught course

Italian Studies

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good degree with Honours from a UK university (2.1) or its equivalent. Linguistic proficiency in spoken and written English and Italian.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Italian Studies offers students the opportunity to further their studies in Italian literature and culture with a core focus on questions of Italian national identity from the 12th century to the present.

Course highlights

  • Students examine Italian culture through the study of literature, cinema, and other forms of cultural expression.
  • Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly environment.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Italian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Italian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme's core focus is on questions of Italian national identity, and students are encouraged to take their particular interests in Italian culture further through more research-focused study, drawing on the wide historical range of specialist expertise in the Italian Department.

The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and Italian literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

Linguistic proficiency in spoken and written English and Italian.For example, applicants are expected to achieve IELTS 7.0 overall or equivalent. For more information please visit: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3670