Department of Italian
The Italian Department in St Andrews is the largest in Scotland and one of the main centres for the study of Italian in the UK.
We have particular expertise and experience in the teaching of Italian to complete beginners in the subject and many of our graduates in Italian come in at this level. Students with a Scottish Higher, A-Level, or other suitable pre-university qualification in Italian, follow a separate first year course tailored to their particular needs and experience. Language teaching at all levels in Italian takes place in relatively small groups. The structure of the Italian programme ensures that students receive a solid grounding in both the language and the culture of Italy.
Members of the Department have high international research profiles and modules at Honours level reflect our areas of expertise. Undergraduates have a wide range of culture modules to choose from. Ranging from early literature to contemporary film, our modules offer students a varied and challenging experience as well as a thorough introduction to one of Europe’s most vibrant cultures.
Italian also offers a new taught MLitt Programme which aims to develop research skills to enable our students to move on to PG research studies and PhDs. Current PhD students are researching in a broad range of subject areas including classical reception, nineteenth and twentieth century literature, and postcolonial studies.
Please note that the modules offered by the Department of Italian are not designed for native speakers.
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