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Italian and Linguistics (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Italian and Linguistics at Warwick?

  • Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
  • Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
    – the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
    – the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Dr David Lines


Isabel Quah

Centre for Applied Linguistics student

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This course allows you to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe's most ancient civilisations in all its variety and range, offering specialist teaching from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today's multicultural Italy. You will develop high-level skills in language, communication, critical thinking and analysis.

In your first year you will study Italian language at beginner's, intermediate or advanced level, building up skills in written and spoken Italian. You will also take modules focusing on modern Italian political history or the development of literary and cinematic expression from the Renaissance to the present. Your second or third year is usually spent abroad taking courses at one of our 20 partner universities across Italy (including Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Siena, Rome). As part of your year abroad, you will attend a funded residential course in Venice at our Italian base, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.

On return you will continue your study of Italian language. You will work in a truly bilingual environment, often sharing classes with Italian native speakers who join us from our partner universities in Italy. You will also choose from a broad variety of literary, historical, and cultural modules, taught by leading experts. Examples include Dante, the Italian Renaissance, political thought, the development of Italian and English short fiction, nineteenth-century poetry, Italian cinema, contemporary women's writing, Italian migration, applied linguistics and history of the Italian language.

On the Italian and Linguistics course you will study 50% Italian and 50% Linguistics. After beginning the course, you may be able to transfer to Italian with Linguistics, which would enable you to study 75% Italian and 25% Linguistics.


Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You will have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.

If you choose to spend half of your time on Linguistics, in the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.

In your intermediate year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. If you choose to spend 50% of your time on Linguistics, you will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.

In the final year you can develop a research project and /or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.

Find out more on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

How will I learn?

Teaching approaches depend on the kind of material to be covered, but will usually involve a combination of lectures, seminars, lab-based language classes and reading groups. Language learning relies heavily on small group teaching by core staff, native speakers and government-sponsored lectors. You can expect around 10-12 hours of teaching per week. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, writing essays and working on your language skills.

How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will normally spend either the second or third year of your course abroad. You will experience life in Italy at first hand through study abroad at one of our 20 partner universities, while developing high-level language, communication and intercultural skills. You will be taught by leading experts in the field of Italian culture, both past and present.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB including a foreign or classical language

International Baccalaureate: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level in a foreign or classical language.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

Essential Subjects

All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in a modern foreign language.

Further Information

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with 'non-standard' qualifications.

Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term.

Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history, as well as Linguistics.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including a modern or classical language

IB: 36 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Student blogs

Daniel Williams - Italian and French

Juliette Bone - French with Italian

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

Bethany Goodman - Applied Linguistics

Isabel Quah - Applied Linguistics

Elena Sandu - Applied Linguistics

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.