Postgraduate programmes in Italian

Taught programmes

If you would like further information on the academic content of a programme, please email

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

The Department of Italian welcomes applications for postgraduate degrees by research.

In addition to research topics focusing on single language areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across languages or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts including translation (theory or practice). Joint supervision may be provided.

Research areas

See our department research clusters for more information on how our research activity is focused within Italian.

Further information on Italian research programmes »

Before applying

Please contact the subject lead, Ruth Glynn, at, to discuss all projects in advance of application.

Completed PhDs have covered a variety of areas, including secular martyrdom in 20th- and 21st-century Italy; the construction and reception of female stars in Italian cinema of the 1940s and 1950s; feminist and postfeminist women’s writing; cultural representations of the ’ndrangheta; vernacular translation and print culture in Renaissance Italy; Dante’s influence on representations of purgatory from the 14th to the 16th century.

Skills training

As an Arts student at Bristol, you will also benefit from a postgraduate skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


Italian is among the subjects eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

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