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Italian Studies PhD

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Degree awarded
36 months full-time, 72 months part-time
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There is no limit on the number of places available.
How to apply

For details of how to apply, go to: Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

Italian Studies at Manchester undertakes internationally recognized research which is both wide-ranging and markedly interdisciplinary, with a particular focus on linguistics, translation studies, and cultural politics from the Medieval to the modern period. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise over half of its research activity was deemed to be in the top two categories of 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent', placing it in the upper tier of a small group of elite institutions.

A considerable number of candidates have pursued PhD research in the fields of Italian linguistics and cultural history, in part supported by funding secured from major AHRC research project awards (£350,000 and £280,000). Resources for the study of Italian at Manchester are outstanding and underpinned by the holdings of The University of Manchester Library, the third largest academic library in the UK. The Deansgate branch of the Library, which has recently undergone a £16m refurbishment, houses the library's special collections which include a world class holding of early Italian printed books from the Spencer, Christie, and Bullock collections. The research culture is further enhanced by the presence of Visiting Professors and Lecturers from Italy, participation in the interdisciplinary seminars held by the Italian Forum, and regular research seminars.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.


British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the School website for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which will be posted on the School website in January.


Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031

Academic department overview

See: About us

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