Italian Studies

Italian Studies at Liverpool is a rapidly growing subject and is now available as a Single Honours, Major (both for 2018 entry only), Joint or Minor subject. As Major, Joint or Minor subject, Italian can be studied in combination with both language and non-language subjects to offer you the benefits and enhanced employability that language skills and intercultural awareness provide. The Italian language carries an unparalleled cultural capital. The Italian Renaissance laid the foundations for much of western values and culture of the last five centuries. Italy has produced remarkable figures such as Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, Fellini and Eco, to name but a few. According to UNESCO, over 60% of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. A founding member of the European Community, today’s Italy is one of the world’s top exporters and is ranked amongst the world’s largest economies; the UK is the country’s third trading partner in the EU. Studying Italian allows you to explore the country’s past and present from a privileged perspective.

The results for UK universities ranked by student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016 show that Italian at Liverpool has scored 100%, 10% above the national average for this subject. This impressive result reflects the time Italian staff spent supporting students outside of class as well as the excellent quality of teaching. Italian Studies provides an excellent opportunity to explore Italian culture in its many facets. Research is interdisciplinary and with an emphasis on the contemporary. Modules include Italian language, linguistics, cultural history, cinema, contemporary fiction and popular culture. Extracurricular activities include an Italian Cinema Club and an Italian Society, and an annual Italian-themed lecture, the Lucrezia Zaina Bequest Lecture, hosted by the Vice Chancellor, and with more than 400 tickets reserved for the event every year. In Liverpool, cultural and institutional support is provided by the first Dante Alighieri Society to be founded in the UK and by a Consulate which fosters and enhances the local Italian heritage. We have offered our students the possibility of winning Italian government-sponsored scholarships for summer schools in Italy and continue to work on the expansion of both academic and business links with Italy to assist during the year abroad. The Italian subject group at Liverpool consists predominantly of native speakers of Italian. We research and teach Italian film studies, contemporary literature, linguistics, cultural history, translation and interpreting.


Italian BA (Hons) 100/75 (2018 entry)

UCAS code: R300
Programme length: 4 years

In Year One you will study advanced or beginners’ language modules as appropriate, as well as foundational modules which serve as a broad introduction to the literary, cultural, film, linguistic and historical modules offered in the subsequent years of the degree. You will also take a ‘Language Awareness’ module in the first year which is designed to support your language learning by sensitising you to issues in language and linguistics, and a 'Texts and Context' module which develops your research skills through a portfolio of tasks structured around reading a key literary text. During your second and final year you will take language modules plus cultural options which have a strong emphasis on both modern and contemporary Italy, and on the place of Italy in Europe and the world.

For students taking Italian at 100% you will follow a research pathway in your second and final year which culminates in a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

You will spend one year in Italy as an assistant in a school, as a student at a university or on a work placement. During this year, you will complete an extended essay or portfolio in Italian or follow courses at your host university.

If you combine Major Italian with a Minor in another language, you may choose to spend half the year abroad in Italy.


Italian Studies Joint 50

Studying Italian at 50% will help you to become highly proficient in writing, reading, speaking and listening to the language. It will also help you to understand the society, history, politics, linguistics, culture, literature and cinema of Italy. At the University of Liverpool, Italian may be taken from A-level or as a beginners’ language (subject to our entry requirements - normally an A-level in another language or other evidence of linguistic aptitude). In the beginners’ pathway, Italian can be taken all the way to degree level in the final year. 

Year Three of the degree is a compulsory Year Abroad. You may spend a year in Italy as an assistant in a school, or on a work placement. During this year, you will complete an extended essay or portfolio in Italian or follow courses at your host university. If you combine Italian with another language, you can spend half the Year Abroad in Italy.

Requirements for 50% with another subject outside Modern Languages and Cultures

Standard offer ABB
Subject requirements A Level in the relevant language at grade B for entry to Advanced language;  (no subject requirement for entry to Beginners’ Language)

Requirements for 50%/50% with two languages

Standard offer ABB
Subject requirements A Level in the relevant language at grade B  for Advanced in ONE of the two languages; (no subject requirement for entry to Beginners’ Language)


Italian Minor 25

Studying Italian as a Minor at 25% of your degree will help you to become highly proficient in writing, reading, speaking and listening to the language. It will also help you to understand aspects of the society and culture of Italy. At the University of Liverpool, Italian may be taken from A-level or as a beginners’ language. A Year Abroad is highly recommended, but not compulsory, for Italian as a Minor subject. You may spend a year in Italy as an assistant in a school, or on a work placement. During this year, you will complete an extended essay or portfolio in Italian or follow courses at your host university.