Italian PhD

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.

Why study with us?

Liverpool offers the opportunity to meet some of the best academic professionals who encourage students to perform to the best of their ability whilst developing academic and personal skills.

Giusi Coppola - Italian PhD student
  • 72%

    of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent).

  • 19/62

    in the Guardian League Table for Modern Languages and Linguistics for 2018.

  • 90%

    of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.


Expertise in Italian Studies at the University of Liverpool provides support and inspiration for research projects ranging from the social meaning of language practices and cognitive analysis of fiction and film through to Postcolonial Studies and Oral History. A variety of approaches allows us to accommodate, amongst others, both interdisciplinary and data-driven projects.

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 audiovisual studies; Italian crime fiction; cinematic adaptations of contemporary fiction; Italian media; popular culture; social and cultural history. 

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including linguistic landscapes, minority languages, language policy, crime fiction, cinema and media, cultural history and postcolonial studies.

Research themes

Our research themes are:

  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Language Policy
  • Minority and regional languages 
  • Popular fiction (in particular Crime fiction) 
  • Cinema and media
  • Cultural mobility
  • Memory practices
  • Postcolonial Studies.


The University of Liverpool has excellent research facilities within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. For postgraduate researchers, these include designated shared office space and access to a vast repository of journals (including e-journal), through the Sydney Jones Library.
As a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool, you will become part of the Liverpool Doctoral College. The LDC supports all postgraduate researchers across the University to thrive in their doctoral programme with our dedicated team of esteemed supervisors, professional services staff, and student peers, ensuring that our students succeed in their studies.

Research groups

⦁ Image, Sound and Performance and Conflict
⦁ Memory and Heritage
⦁ Place, Space and Belonging
⦁ Media Histories: From Manuscript to Digital

Study options and fees

PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

We welcome applications from within the EU and around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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