Italian PhD

Major code: ITPR


An emphasis on the contemporary characterises research in the Italian subject group.  Research is interdisciplinary and collaborative and focuses on areas in Italian Studies which are often underexplored. A recent appointment in Italian history has added weight to the transnational dimension of Italian Studies at Liverpool.

Subject Overview

Supervision in Italian Studies includes sociolinguistics (e.g. the linguistic landscape, minority languages, migrant languages and neo-plurilingualism, language policy and ideology, social dialectology); the sociolinguistics of dubbing and subtitling; Italian film and visual studies; Italian crime fiction; cinematic adaptations of contemporary fiction; Italian media; popular culture; social and cultural history. 

Key Facts

REF 2014
72% of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), which ranks Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures as 14/57 in the sector. 90% of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.

Why Department of Modern Languages and Cultures?

Close-knit community

We are a small but growing department and have developed very distinctive areas of strength in research. As a result we are uniquely placed to offer taught programmes which are tailored to the individual in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and, for research students, close contact with your supervisors from the outset.

Interdisciplinary activity

The department of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises academic staff working across a wide range of language-based studies covering literature, new media, film, history, politics, culture and sociolinguistics. The Department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, we have been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.