Masters degrees in Italian Society & Culture include advanced study of the of the cultural and societal institutions, activities and movements associated with, or originating from, Italy.
Related subjects include Italian Studies and Renaissance Studies. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History, Languages and Literature, or Cultural Studies.
In many ways, Italy is considered to be the birthplace of Western civilisation, and a cultural superpower. Classical, Greek and Renaissance influences are still visible today in the art, architecture, customs, attitudes and even religious practices in Italy.
You might choose to research the importance of the literary canon in Italy, and its relation to the country’s high culture as a whole. Or, you might examine Italy’s role in the spread of Christianity, and particularly the cultural importance of the role of The Vatican. You may even explore how many Italian traditions can be traced to their regional origins due to the country’s political past.
Careers in this field may include roles in the public and private sectors such as heritage management, public relations, journalism, academia and publishing.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
Our Classics MA programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research.
Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.
The MLitt in Italian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Italian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme's core focus is on questions of Italian national identity, and students are encouraged to take their particular interests in Italian culture further through more research-focused study, drawing on the wide historical and thematic range of specialist expertise offered by the Italian Department.
The taught element of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and Italian literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.
Targeted attention is also drawn to practical skills, such as designing research posters, giving formal presentations, and designing funding bids. Students will have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
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 the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.