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 Italian with an Italian language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent.

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.


The MLitt is a one-year full-time programme combining advanced study and supervised research. Italian studies may be taken as a single-subject pathway within the MLitt, or you can combine it with one of five other pathways:

  • French studies
  • German studies
  • Middle Eastern literary and cultural studies (Arabic and Persian)
  • Russian studies
  • Spanish and Latin American studies

Students from each of the six pathways start their studies with a module in literary and cultural theory. Explore a broad chronological and national range of seminal literary and cultural thinkers and theories through which texts and cultural productions of all kinds may be conceptualised, analysed and criticised.

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.

Teaching format

The School promotes discipline-specific and collaborative teaching and learning so that students may explore their own particular interests in greater depth and breadth.

Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Classes are intentionally small, with many being one-to-one or in very small groups. Lectures are usually in groups of up to 20. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams.


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 our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2022 entry.

Fees and funding

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

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

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages