Dive into Italian literature, culture, history and film by studying the language of one of Europe’s most vibrant countries. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned speaker, St Andrews has specialist expertise to help you at all stages.

Go beyond language comprehension and gain insight into topics such as:

  • medieval Italian texts
  • translation and interpretation
  • 21st-century Italian films
  • contemporary politics.
Rialto Bridge in Venice by Pe-sa [CC BY 3.0 (]


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including:

  • literature
  • linguistics
  • cinema
  • history
  • gender
  • identity studies. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“I chose to study Italian, French and Spanish. The option to do a triple degree programme means I can further my language skills and learn more. I really enjoy the small classes and that we have cultural lessons built into the degree.”

- Moray, Scotland


Second in the UK for modern languages

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