Doctoral students prepare, over the course of 3 years, a dissertation of 80,000 words. There is no course-work involved. They are initially registered as MPhil students and proceed to the PhD upon completion of work of good standard, typically by the end of their first year.
Italian is a strongly interdisciplinary area, so in addition to students wishing to focus on Italian Studies we also welcome applicants who wish to pursue a joint PhD with another department, for example in: Italian and Film Studies, or Italian and History, Italian and Classics, or Italian and French Studies. Joint PhD students receive a supervisor in each participating department. An alternative, for students with strong interdisciplinary interests in the Renaissance, is to apply for a PhD in Renaissance Studies via the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance. In that case, co-supervisions across departments or sections are again standard. In any case, students in Italian form part of a larger community of some 30 research students (at present) across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. For information on the SMLC's research environment, click here.
Funding opportunities for PhD study are highly competitive and often work with a staged process: applicants should make contact as soon as possible with a prospective supervisor in order to develop a sound and robust research proposal (in November/early December for the January funding deadlines). An academic CV and draft research proposal may help us deal with your query more quickly.
Applicants not looking for funding and/or interested in pursuing a PhD on a part-time basis are welcome to send in their enquiries at any time.
For further details about areas of supervision, see our Staff research profiles.
If you are uncertain who the best supervisor for your project might be, or you have other questions, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, for the attention of:
- Professor Ingrid De Smet, School Director of Graduate Studies
- Prof. David Lines, PGR Admissions Advisor, Italian Studies
For further information about Italian, see: