From fashion and food to art and literature, music and cinema, Italian culture has a global presence well beyond the borders of Italy and spanning centuries. The Italian language is the key to fully unlocking and engaging with this rich and influential culture from the inside.

Courses in Italian take place in relatively small groups at all levels, which helps teachers follow your progress closely. St Andrews has particular expertise in:

  • Italian literature from the 13th to the 21st centuries
  • contemporary transnational Italian identities and material culture
  • Italian cinema in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Renaissance and Reformation intellectual culture
  • colonial and postcolonial Italy
  • Italian migration and diaspora. 
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Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including:

  • literature
  • linguistics
  • cinema
  • history
  • gender
  • identity studies. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“I chose to study Italian, French and Spanish. The option to do a triple degree programme means I can further my language skills and learn more. I really enjoy the small classes and that we have cultural lessons built into the degree.”

- Moray, Scotland


First in Scotland and second in the UK for languages and linguistics

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland for Italian

Compete University Guide 2023

83% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)