MPhil/PhD Italian Studies
MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years|
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
|Start date||September, January or April|
Why study for a Humanities PhD
Hear from staff and postgraduate research students as they explain what makes Exeter a unique place to study at a postgraduate level. View full size.
Our wide range of expertise offers postgraduates the possibility of preparing for research degrees in one or more areas. We attach particular importance to the quality of research supervision and training in research methodology and to the integration of our postgraduates into the Department’s academic and research community. Scholars of international repute are frequent visitors. Postgraduates enjoy their own regular research seminars: one focusing on film studies and the other on comparative and multidisciplinary studies.
Our research is often interdisciplinary, therefore we recommend you also visit the research degree pages of related subjects.
A summary of our main areas of research is provided here. The Italian studies website provides more comprehensive details about current research projects. Details on individual staff research interests and publications can be found on the Italian Studies staff profiles pages.
- Italian literature - Dante to the present day
- Manzoni and the Manzonian tradition
- Medieval and contemporary philosophy
- Italian linguistics
- Multilingualism in immigrant communities
- Gender studies
- Italian cinema
We provide access to excellent computing facilities and training is provided in a broad range of academic and general professional skills, such as compiling a CV, interview skills and time management.
Following the recent refurbishment of the Queen’s Building, you will benefit from a dedicated postgraduate IT suite and lounge, as well as a postgraduate and staff common room. There is also a study room containing a number of private study carrels for research students.
We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your potential and prepare you for a rewarding career.
Postgraduate students have access to the wide range of support offered by our Career Zone. In addition, postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your research degree and to act as a springboard for your research career.
Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Modern Languages postgraduates who studied with us in 2011/12.
Please note that due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
|Departmental Portfolio Manager||Co-operative Group|
|English and French Tutor||DSTL|
|Modern Foreign Languages Supply Teacher||MBE Training and Translation|
|Paralegal Assistant||Middlesex University|
|Project Manager and Translator||Swansea University|
|Project Officer||University of Exeter|
|Sustainability Projects Officer||Walber International|
Entry requirements 2017
Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Italian Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Finance: fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2017/18
- UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
- International: £15,950 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
Scholarships and other funding
Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our research degrees in Modern Languages.
Current available funding
College of Humanities
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725306
Recent PhD titles
Here are some examples of PhD theses undertaken by students in Italian Studies at the University of Exeter.
- To understand the role played by translation in the diffusion of Anglo-American feminist ideas in the Italian feminist movement
- An investigation of the interrelationships of films by Egoyan and Antonioni with relation to contemporary proliferation of technologies of vision
- A study of the linguistic repertoire and language use of Italian emigrants abroad, in particular the UK & Canada
- The transformation of the Bildingsroman, as seen in Italian novels in the 1980s and 1990s