Italian studies at Swansea has research strengths in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian and English narrative literature (De Marchi, Fogazzaro, Liardet; Verga, Tabucchi). Italian is part of the Languages, Translation and Communication Department, which boasts a dynamic research environment which has already won attention and funding from outside bodies such as the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust and the EU.
An MA by Research in Italian gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).
It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.
You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.
All research students in Italian are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
MA by Research degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).
The MA by Research in Italian is ideal for those who want:
an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered; the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD at the outset. Research proposals are invited on any topic in Italian which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying (see staff web pages).
Literary-cultural research strengths in Italian are mainly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and include:
• Narrative theory and the writings of Umberto Eco • Fascist cultural policy and censorship • Publishing history • Cultural exchange between Italy and the USA.
We also have specialists on vocabulary acquisition and second language learning.
We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in one or more of the following areas: • Second language acquisition in the classroom environment • Language learning and technology • Error correction: the use of digital feedback in the language classroom
Students for the Italian MA by Research should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Recipient: Swansea University
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