Taught course

Italian Studies Pathway - Modern Languages

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a Modern Language or Comparative Literature in the relevant pathway subject. Secondary pathway subjects cannot be taken at beginner's level.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Expand your academic understanding of Italian culture, literature, and language. Alongside an in-depth exploration of theory and training in research methodologies, you will pursue directed study into topics that will broaden and develop your own research interests.

Within the Italian studies pathway, the optional modules allow you to acquire advanced knowledge of the diverse notions of Italy and Italian identity through a variety of cultural productions from the 13th century to the present day. You may also undertake guided study on a specialised topic, drawing on research expertise in the Department of Italian.

The final part of the programme is a supervised research project in which you will explore a topic in depth. Research specialisms within the Department of Italian include:

  • Italian literature from the 13th to the 21st century
  • Italian cinema in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Renaissance and Reformation intellectual culture
  • contemporary transnational Italian identities and material culture
  • colonial and postcolonial Italy
  • migration and diaspora.


  • Study a single-subject pathway or combine two pathways to create a programme that reflects your academic interests and ambitions.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly academic environment.
  • Teaching is geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.
  • Students receive training in traditional and new research methodologies and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages