Taught course

Italian Studies (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Italian with an Italian language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

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 and thematic range of specialist expertise offered by the Italian Department.


  • Students will deepen their knowledge of Italian history and culture through the study of literature, cinema, and other forms of cultural expression.
  • Students receive training in theory and its applications and are introduced to traditional and new research techniques through seminars with staff from across the School.
  • Teaching is delivered in small class sizes made up of diverse international students, providing a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly environment.

Teaching format

The taught element 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.

Targeted attention is also drawn to practical skills, such as designing research posters, giving formal presentations, and designing funding bids. Students will have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.

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


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,000  Overseas: £18,480

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    These programmes are normally residential, but other possibilities exist by arrangement. Part-time learning, interim and advanced awards available.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3670