Postgraduate study

Edinburgh offers a wide range of postgraduate degrees involving Modern European Languages. The Italian postgraduate programme offers supervision for the MSc, MScR and PhD degrees.

Taught and Research MSc

Most postgraduates study first for an MSc, choosing either the MSc by Research or taught interdisciplinary degrees, such as Comparative Literature or Theatre and Performance Studies.

Comparative Literature

Staff from the Italian section contribute actively to these interdisciplinary degrees. The MSc by Research is designed for students who want to focus on their own independent research project, while the taught MScs allow students to explore a wider range of topics through core courses and options, combining research with seminar work.

Studying for a PhD

Many MSc students proceed to doctoral work at Edinburgh. We equally welcome graduates from other universities to our PhD programme. Postgraduates are an integral part of our research community, and in the Italian section we offer postgraduate supervision in comparative literature, literary theory, translation studies, film studies, digital philology, second language acquisition, as well as in most areas of Italian cultural studies, including literary studies from the Middle Ages to the present.

A thriving research community

The Italian research seminar meets monthly, featuring papers by postgraduates, staff, and guest speakers from the UK and abroad.

Postgraduates and staff participate in interdisciplinary research clusters across the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

We are also home to the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies, and our postgraduate students are encouraged to contribute to the Journal’s junior editorial team as research and editorial assistants.

By the end of their time in Edinburgh most postgraduates in Italian have gained valuable academic expertise, published articles and presented their research at national and international conferences.

Current PhD students in Italian


For more information on postgraduate study in Italian, contact the Section Postgraduate Advisor Dr Davide Messina:

Dr Davide Messina

Head of Italian, Senior Lecturer

  • School of Literatures Languages and Cultures
  • The University of Edinburgh

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Room 3.27
50 George Square

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How to apply

You can apply online for any of our research degrees in Italian.