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- Standard entry grades:
- 36 (HL 6,6,5)
- Minimum entry grades:
- 36 (HL 6,5,5)
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:
- Computing science
- Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:
- Computing Science
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More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No prior knowledge of Italian is necessary. Modules are not designed for native speakers.
Alternative study options
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the following:
Integrated year abroad
Students may choose to spend an additional year working or studying in Italy. Find out more about the integrated year abroad for this course.
Students studying Italian can apply to participate in the University-wide St Andrews Abroad programme. You may also have the opportunity to participate in the School Abroad exchange programme. For information about study abroad options, please see the study abroad site.
Completing a work placement abroad is a good opportunity to gain work experience in another culture or language and to enhance valuable skill sets. As part of specific degree programmes in modern languages, you may apply to undertake a work placement abroad for credit.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. Find out more about approved English language tests and scores for this course.
The MA (Hons) in Italian is a four-year course run by the School of Modern Languages. The course is available to students who are complete beginners in Italian and to students who have studied Italian to A-Level or SQA Higher or with equivalent knowledge and experience.
In the first two years, you will learn and refine your understanding of Italian language through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Those with prior knowledge in Italian will further develop their language and writing skills, and both groups will be introduced to different aspects of Italian literature, culture and history.
Alongside Italian, in the first year of your studies you will be required to study an additional two subjects. In the second year, you will usually carry on at least one of these subjects, sometimes two. Find out more about how academic years are organised.
During your third year, you have the opportunity to study at one of the University’s partner institutions in Italy (Padua, Turin, Venice or Verona). In this case, study undertaken in Italy replaces equivalent study in St Andrews. Study abroad is optional.
If you choose to stay at St Andrews for both your third and fourth years, you will take language modules focused on communication skills, and can choose from a range of specialist cultural modules. Areas of study include:
- Italian cinema
- Italian cultural studies
- Italian history
- Italian literature.
Graduates in modern languages from St Andrews can expect to have not only an advanced level of competence in language skills, but a highly developed appreciation for other cultures and peoples. Other transferable skills, including analysis, synthesis and communication skills, will prepare you for a career in almost any area.
The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure web page.
In the first two years of your degree, you will take the required modules in Italian along with modules in at least one additional subject.
Typically, you will take one to two Italian modules per semester during your first two years, and at least two modules per semester during your third and fourth years (known as Honours).
Two different types of modules are offered in first year: introductory Italian modules for beginners in Italian, and more advanced language and literature courses for those with more experience in Italian.
Students who are beginners in Italian are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- Introduction to Italian Language: concentrates on grammar and usage through reading, writing, listening and speaking and introduces elements of Italian culture and history.
- Italian Language (Elementary): builds on the 'Introduction to Italian Language' module by increasing the student’s knowledge of, and ability to use, Italian, and includes some study of Italian literature.
Students who have an SQA Higher or a GCE A-level in Italian are required to take the following compulsory modules in first year:
- Italian Language Intermediate 1 and 2: the core language module each semester provides a thorough and structured revision of grammar and a consolidation of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through formal grammar classes and practical oral language classes.
- Italian Geographies: aims to give students some sense of the complexity of modern Italy through the study of particular cultural phenomena which have played an important role in national identity formation.
- Italian Histories: gives students a sense of the complexity of Italy's past through the study of literary texts from different historical periods considered in their different contexts.
Second year modules are the same for all students regardless of any prior knowledge of Italian. Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Second Level Italian: develops the language skills acquired in first-year Italian modules and enables students to achieve an intermediate level in reading, writing, listening and speaking in Italian. Students are introduced to a selection of Italian texts from a range of time periods (for example, Italian plays from the 16th to the 20th centuries).
- Second Level Italian (Advanced): offers an intermediate language course for students who have passed the first semester module. It is designed to further consolidate students’ knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary, refine language skills and develop communication skills. Students will study a selection of central Italian texts from different periods (for example, Dante and Primo Levi).
If you take Italian in your third and fourth years, in addition to the compulsory language modules you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning. Modules at Honours level include topics such as:
- Authority and Subversion in the Renaissance Italy
- Black Italians
- Dante Alighieri
- Fascism and Film
- Foreign Bodies: Migration and Contemporary Italian Culture
- Italian Detective Fiction.
In fourth year, you have the option of undertaking a dissertation of up to either 5,000 words or 10,000 words in length, written in English, on a topic of your choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
All modern language modules involve a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical language classes. Lectures provide information, stimulate thought, and suggest directions for further reading and personal study. Small language tutorials allow you to actively work together with your tutors to practice language skills, present papers, and discuss texts and issues relevant to the course.
First and second-year Italian modules are delivered through lectures (up to 100 students in first year, up to 40 in second year), language classes and discussion seminsrs(typically in groups of 12 to 15 students).
At Honours level, you will attend language classes, and seminars in groups of 8 to 10 students.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and practical language classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- developing language skills
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
A variety of methods of assessment to test language skills and cultural analysis are used by the Department. These methods include:
- formal examinations
- oral presentations
- writing projects
- assessed coursework.
Examinations are held at the end of the second semester during a dedicated exam diet with revision time provided beforehand. Examinations are either entirely in written format or comprise both written and oral components.
Tutors advise you closely on the preparation of written work and give individual assessments of your performance. The Department aims to provide feedback on assessments and coursework within three weeks.
Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To gain access to Honours-level modules, students must achieve the relevant requisites as specified in the policy on entry to Honours and in the relevant programme requirements. Please note that some Schools offer qualified entry to Honours, and this will be clearly specified in the programme requirements. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please see the common reporting scale.
You will be taught by a team of internationally recognised, skilled and research-active academics, with specialised language teachers. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of classes under the supervision of the module coordinator.
You can find contact information for all staff in the Department of Italian on the School of Modern Languages website.
The University’s Student Services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long-term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.
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More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page.
Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation.
Funding and scholarships
The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.
Joint Honours degrees
You can also take Italian as part of a joint Honours degree in which you will take core modules of your chosen subjects.
|Course name||UCAS code|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Ancient History and Italian||RV31|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Ancient History and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RVHD|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Arabic and Italian||RT36|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Arabic and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RTH6|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Art History and Italian||RV33|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Art History and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RVH3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Chinese Studies and Italian||CH09|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Chinese Studies and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||CW09|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Classical Studies and Italian||RQ38|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Classical Studies and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RQJ8|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Classics and Italian||QR83|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Classics and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RQH8|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Comparative Literature and Italian||QRF3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Comparative Literature and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||QRG3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Economics and Italian||LR13|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Economics and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||LRC3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) English and Italian||QR33|
|Master of Arts (Honours) English and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RQ33|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Film Studies and Italian||PR33|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Film Studies and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||PR3H|
|Master of Arts (Honours) French and Italian||RR13|
|Master of Arts (Honours) French and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RR31|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Geography and Italian||LR73|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Geography and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||LRR3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) German and Italian||RR23|
|Master of Arts (Honours) German and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RR32|
|Master of Arts (Honours) International Relations and Italian||LR23|
|Master of Arts (Honours) International Relations and Italian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||LRF3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Latin||QR63|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Latin (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RQ36|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Management||NR23|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Management (With Integrated Year Abroad)||NRF3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Mathematics||GR13|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Mathematics (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RG31|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Medieval History||RVJ1|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Medieval History (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RVH1|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Modern History||RV3D|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Modern History (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RVHC|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Persian||R3T6|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Philosophy||RV35|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Philosophy (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RVH5|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Psychology (BPS Recognition Route)||RC38|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Psychology (With Integrated Year Abroad)||CR83|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Russian||RR37|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Russian (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RR73|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Scottish History||VR23|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Scottish History (With Integrated Year Abroad)||VRF3|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Social Anthropology||LR63|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Social Anthropology (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RL36|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Spanish||RR43|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Spanish (With Integrated Year Abroad)||RR34|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Sustainable Development||F887|
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Sustainable Development (With Integrated Year Abroad)||F883|
It is also possible to take Italian as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject. Find out more about the triple subject combinations available.
Modern languages graduates have an extremely good record of employment after graduating, not only in all sectors that require advanced language skills but also in professional environments that demand good communication and analytical skills.
Employers value language graduates because they demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills.
Many graduates go on to:
- specialise in translation and interpreting services, in language teaching or other sector-specific careers
- join international institutions and enterprises, working in international development departments, human resources, administration, media and communication jobs
- start a career in the banking and financial sector
- join the civil service, particularly in positions within the Foreign Office
- continue to study at postgraduate level.
Recent Italian graduates have gone to work for companies in the UK and Italy. Some are working as teachers of modern languages in the UK, or are teaching English abroad. Others have taken further specialist training or conversion courses to prepare for careers in translating and interpreting.
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.
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