About This Course
The School of Modern Languages offers the possibility to do a PhD/MPhil in Italian Studies. The School has a long tradition of excellent postgraduate student support. Depending on the chosen research area, students will be assigned one or two supervisors and are guaranteed full access to computing facilities (including translation memory software), library provision and all School resources including the film library. There is a dedicated postgraduate study area within the School which students are encouraged to use as often as they can.
Our academic staff in Italian Studies can offer MPhil/PhD supervision on a wide variety of topics, a selection of which are listed below:
- Contemporary Italian History
- Italian mafias, religion and the Church
- Memory and Trauma Studies
- Women and Italian organised crime
- Cultural representation of violence
- Personal Narrative Performance
- Identity and power in social interactions
Co-supervision of comparative topics within the School can also be offered.
PhD: 3-4 years full-time; 6 years part-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time.
Completed PhD theses
PhD dissertations in Italian Studies successfully completed in the School of Modern Languages include: (2013) Gerwyn Owen: ‘The Jew as Dangerous Other in Early Italian Cinema, 1910–1914’. Co-supervised with Prof Nathan Abrams (SCSM).
Applicants should normally have a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in a relevant subject.
Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (no element below 6.0). Applications are always considered individually, and applicants are also judged on their individual merits, work experience and other relevant qualifications.
Students with an overall score of 5.5 on the IELTS can take a summer pre-sessional course in the University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS).