Italian

The Italian Department at the University of St Andrews is the largest in Scotland and one of the main centres for the study of Italian in the UK. The Department offers specialist expertise and experience teaching Italian to complete beginners, and many of the Department's students enter at this level. Language teaching at all levels takes place in relatively small groups, and the structure of the programmes ensures that students receive a solid grounding in both the language and the culture of Italy.

Members of the Department have high international research profiles, and modules at Honours level reflect their diverse areas of expertise. Undergraduates have a wide range of culture modules to choose from, ranging from early literature to contemporary film. Studying Italian at St Andrews offers students a varied and challenging experience as well as a thorough introduction to one of Europe’s most vibrant cultures.

Courses

Undergraduate

Italian MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take Italian MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree or a Modern Language degree.

Postgraduate

Taught

Italian Studies MLitt
Comparative Literature MLitt
Crossways in Cultural Narratives International MLitt
Cultural Identity Studies MLitt


Research degree

The School of Modern Languages offers a Master of Studies by Research (MSt (Res)). Find out more about the MSt (Res)

PhDs

Please contact a supervisor in your research area to enquire about PhD opportunities.

Visit St Andrews

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Undergraduates

Spring visiting days

Our spring visiting days will be announced shortly.

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Postgraduates

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018

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Latest in Italian at St Andrews

A Lectura Dantis is a public reading and explanation of all 100 cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy canto by canto.

News

Italian at St Andrews was rated top in the UK for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2017.

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Italian research areas

Research in the Department of Italian ranges across linguistics, film, cultural studies and literature, in periods ranging from the Middles Ages to the present.

Research staff:

  • Dr Emma Bond: modern and contemporary Italian and comparative literature, psychoanalytic literary theory, the link between identity and space, body studies, contemporary transnational, migration and border literatures.
  • Professor Derek Duncan: modern Italian literature and film with a particular emphasis on issues of sexuality, gender, and colonial and postcolonial Italy.
  • Dr Rossella Riccobono: 20th-century Italian poetry and Modernism, Italian cinema, gender studies including literary transvestism. Also the dialogue between sciences and humanities in the shaping of the welfare state, and medical humanities. 
  • Dr Claudia Rossignoli: Renaissance literary criticism, in particular the influence of Aristotle, translation, and the codification of linguistic and literary models in this period.
  • Dr Robert Wilson: mediaeval Italian literature, especially Dante; 20th-century and contemporary Italian detective fiction.

Italian research centres and institutes

There are three research institutes at St Andrews related to Italian:

SAIMS brings together over thirty full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates interested in interdisciplinary Mediaeval topics, including Mediaeval languages and literatures.

The ICCL explores current conceptions and practices of both 'the contemporary' and 'comparative literature', and works towards definitions of these fit for the 21st century.

The CISI studies the collective identities of the countries of continental Europe as well as other culture-zones. The institute aims to provide a focus and a forum for high-level research into cultural identity in all its aspects.

In addition to hosting visiting scholars, holding a regular seminar and providing members of the editorial board of the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, the Institute is home to a large number of postgraduate students on MLitt and PhD programmes.

Careers for graduates in Italian

Graduates in Italian successfully compete for specialist linguist posts as well as those in other disciplines where high-level language skills can confer a significant advantage.

Italian graduates enter careers such as:

  • translation
  • television subtitling
  • Italian or TEFL teaching
  • European business and administration
  • banking and finance
  • export marketing
  • Civil Service
  • academic research and teaching.

Recent graduates in Italian have found placements at:

  • Ernst and Young
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Aerosystems International
  • Lifeline Language Services
  • the Fiscal Office
  • GCHQ
  • CBI
  • NHS.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 

Employable skills

Programmes in Italian at St Andrews promote independent thinking, analytical and critical skills, and intellectual development, whilst also maintaining a close focus on linguistic and academic achievement.

By studying a degree in Italian, you will gain the following skills:

  • read, write, listen to and speak in the Italian language
  • effectively use reference materials
  • develop analytical, critical and specialist skills that can be used in other contexts
  • appreciation and openness towards other cultures
  • deploy skills in ICT, note taking and summarising, library research, mediation, analysis and problem solving.

Funding opportunities

The University of St Andrews offers funding opportunities at every level of study.

Undergraduates

There are many potential scholarships and support schemes available to undergraduates.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduates

The School of Modern Languages is currently offering the following scholarships for applicants to MLitt language programmes:

  • two Santander Universities scholarships worth £5,000 each, available to those resident in a country within the Santander Universities network
  • Forum for Modern Language Studies scholarship worth £7,500
  • two awards of £750 each for students on the Erasmus Mundus Masters Crossways in Cultural Narratives programme.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews invites applications for one fully-funded PhD scholarship (fees plus £10,000 per annum maintenance) to be awarded from the beginning of session 2016-2017.

Funding for PhD students

Awards

University league tables

Italian at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and second in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 for teaching and research quality, student experience, and graduate prospects.

The School of Modern Languages was ranked top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

National Student Survey

Italian at St Andrews was rated top in the UK for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2017.

Contact

Department of Italian
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
Scotland, UK
KY16 9PH

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3662
Email: italianhod@st-andrews.ac.uk

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