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Italian Studies

As one of the leading Italian departments in the country, we offer you a rich and rewarding learning experience.

Our research-driven teaching offers students access to the full spectrum of Italian cultural history, literature and language, from units on medieval and Renaissance subjects to those focused on Italian sociolinguistics and on Fascism and visual culture. 

Our teaching and research alike are supported by the world-class Italian holdings of the John Rylands Library, which include one of the largest collections of early Italian printed books in the UK, an impressive Italian manuscript collection and archival documents relating to major Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Why Italian Studies at Manchester?

  • Teaching is informed by our interdisciplinary research, including specialisms in linguistics, translation studies and cultural politics from the medieval to the modern period.
  • Benefit from our well-established study links with Italian universities including Bologna, Bergamo, Pisa, Macerata, Naples, Siena, Perugia, and Palermo.
  • We offer distinctive cultural course units which allow you to explore the rich holdings of the University’s John Rylands Library and Whitworth Art Gallery.
  • Ranked 7th in the UK for Italian in the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Find out more

Hear from staff and students about studying Italian at The University of Manchester and watch a film made by the Society for Italian Studies.

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When colleagues ask me what I studied at university, many of them tell me that they would have loved to have studied languages if they’d known that it was possible to get a job in business and finance with an arts degree. Well, with languages, so many career paths are possible that you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Hannah Jaycock / BA (Hons) French and Italian alumna