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The Italian Studies MA is a pathway in the faculty-wide MA in Language, Culture and History, offering an extensive range of courses in Italian literature, history and literary theory. Read more
The Italian Studies MA is a pathway in the faculty-wide MA in Language, Culture and History, offering an extensive range of courses in Italian literature, history and literary theory. Students can take this flexible, interdisciplinary programme as self-contained study or as preparation for a research degree.

Degree information

The programme introduces students to texts from a variety of periods in Italian history and places them within a historical and philosophical framework. Students develop subject-specific, professional skills necessary for the pursuit of their chosen options, including sourcing material, field-work techniques, bibliographic skills and linguistic skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways: taught and research.

Taught: one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core module (30 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) full-time nine months or part-time two years, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits), one optional module (30 credits) full-time three months, part-time six months, is offered.

Core module
-Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two areas of major contemporary interest; for example, topics explored during the current year include the following: Trauma; Memory; Visual Culture; Queer(y)ing Sexuality

Optional modules - students take a choice of optional modules on topics such as the following:
-Medieval and Renaissance Italian
-Renaissance Texts: Resources and Research Techniques
-Dante: Divina Commedia
-Genre in Italian Cinema
-Italy: A Difficult Modernity
-Advanced Translation from and into Italian
-Contemporary Italian Cultures

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (research pathway).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, tutorials, seminar-presentations, film screenings, and visits to research libraries including the British Library, the Warburg Institute, Institute of Historical Research and Senate House. Students are assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the dissertation.

Careers

The programme will be of interest both to those who wish to enhance their knowledge of Italian culture for professional purposes - in the fields, for example, of education, media, commerce and tourism - as well as to students wishing to pursue their studies to a doctoral level.

Recent first destinations of MA graduates from the department of Italian at UCL include:
-The Royal Armouries, Tower of London: Education Officer
-University of Naples: Language Coordinator
-International House: Teacher Trainer
-University of Trento: Doctoral Research in Italian Studies
-Warburg Institute: Doctoral Research in Renaissance Studies
-UCL University: Doctoral Research in Renaissance Studies

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Italian is the original home of Italian studies in Britain, and has a distinguished record in the field of graduate studies and research. Students benefit from UCL's excellent Italian resources, including the Rotton and Ogden collections, and the Castiglione and Dante collections.

UCL's central location enables easy access to London's exceptional resources including the specialist collections of Italian material in the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. The British Film Institute Library holds major Italian film periodicals and numerous books on Italian cinema, and the nearby British Library houses the largest collection of early printed books in the world.

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Italian Studies at Birmingham has an excellent record in attracting postgraduate students and offers a vibrant postgraduate community that is firmly anchored within the broader context of Modern Languages. Read more
Italian Studies at Birmingham has an excellent record in attracting postgraduate students and offers a vibrant postgraduate community that is firmly anchored within the broader context of Modern Languages.

Our doctoral researchers are involved in student-led seminars, discussion groups and networks including ROLES (the postgraduate and sexuality research network), the GCfE (Graduate Centre for Europe), the BCT (Birmingham Centre for Translation) and EMREM (a postgraduate forum for researchers working on Early Medieval, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation and / or Early Modern topics).

The department is home to the Leopardi Centre, a Leverhulme-funded project on populists in power, an AHRC-funded project on Leopardi's Zibaldone and an AHRC-funded project on ‘Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2010'.

Research interests range from Medieval to Contemporary Italy and include expertise in literary studies, history of art, translation studies, cinema and visual culture studies, politics and media studies and cultural studies.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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About the course. -Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present. Read more
About the course:
-Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present
-Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome
-Department rated third in UK for the quality of its publications
-Tailored ‘Approaches to Rome’ module thoroughly prepares you for your time in Italy

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Sample modules:
-Approaches to Rome
-Latin or Italian
-City of Rome (taught at the British School at Rome)
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

WHAT CAREER CAN YOU HAVE?

Our Classics MRes 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.

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Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with languagespecific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research. Read more
Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with languagespecific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research.

You’ll work with the support of leading researchers of international reputation, drawing on our expertise in critical theory, research skills, and key research themes from across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as the opportunity to develop your research specialism in French, German, Hispanic or Italian Studies, or in comparative analysis of these cultures. We also provide research skills training, helping you to build subject-specific and transferrable skills.

Our researchers collaborate to teach the core critical modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your dissertation. Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation.

The skills you’ll acquire in research, critical analysis and advanced argumentation, written and oral presentation, project design, and time management will prepare you thoroughly for doctoral research and an academic research career. Equally, you’ll be well placed to pursue professional routes into sectors such as publishing, media, and non-academic research.

Course details

We offer a taught MA course specifically designed for postgraduates with a strong desire to continue their studies through PhD research. This 'for research' course includes:
-A core module on critical theory (shared with French Studies, German Studies, and Hispanic Studies): 30 credits; 1 essay, 5000 words.
-A related core module Research Skills in Modern Languages: 15 credits.
-Two taught modules or Advanced Study Options (functioning on a tutorial basis, with topics to be agreed with the relevant tutor). Reflecting the School's expertise in Italian Studies from medieval times to the present, some of the MA modules offered typically include 'Shapes of Knowledge in Early Modern Italy' and 'Emigrants, Migrants, Immigrants' (offered according to student demand). There is scope for taking one of the two modules or ASOs in French, German or Hispanic Studies): 2 x 30 credits, 2 essays of 5000 words each.
-A dissertation of 20,000 words: 75 credits.

Note that this course is different from the Italian Studies BY Research MA in that the latter does not include taught elements.

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If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, the MA by Research may be for you. Read more
If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, the MA by Research may be for you.

This degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a dissertation of 40,000 words, which will be undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. You will be encouraged to undertake relevant research-skills training and, where appropriate, further language study.

Research interests

Medieval and Renaissance Intellectual Culture — the reception of texts and ideas, and their relationship with institutions of learning and habits of reading, including manuscript and print culture; 18th- and 19th-Century Reading Cultures — the rise of the novel and the development of reading cultures; Transnational engagements with Italy in the 20th- and 21st-Century — forms of cultural expression associated with migration and mobility within, out of, and into Italy since Unification.

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Note. this MPhil can be developed into a PHD. This degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a dissertation of 80,000 words, which will be undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. Read more
Note: this MPhil can be developed into a PHD.

This degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a dissertation of 80,000 words, which will be undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. You will be encouraged to undertake relevant research-skills training and, where appropriate, further language study. You may apply if you already have (or are finishing) an MA, you wish to pursue further research, and have a clear project in mind, which can be pursued under the direction of a Warwick staff member.

You would be initially registered for the MPhil, and upon completion of a successful upgrade placed on the track for the PhD.

Research interests

Medieval and Renaissance Intellectual Culture — the reception of texts and ideas, and their relationship with institutions of learning and habits of reading, including manuscript and print culture; 18th- and 19th-Century Reading Cultures — the rise of the novel and the development of reading cultures; Transnational engagements with Italy in the 20th- and 21st-Century — forms of cultural expression associated with migration and mobility within, out of, and into Italy since Unification.

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