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Department of Italian

Welcome to the Department of Italian.

Please click on the links or use the menu options given on the left. On this site, you will find extensive information about the Department of Italian and the undergraduate and graduate courses which we offer.

You will also find information about the wealth of resources and online resources which are available to the department, as well as about our staff and their research interests which cover a wide range of specialisms. There are also sections detailing news and forthcoming events, the student Italian Society and other topics of interest. There is a link to the extensive Italian Collections at the University Library here:

The Department of Italian is happy to answer any questions that current or prospective staff and students may have. You will find contact details here.

Why Study Italian? Click and scroll down here for a short film about studying Italian at University.

NEWS: January 2016. The department is delighted to congratulate Professor Adam Ledgeway, who will receive an honorary PhD from the University of Bucharest next week: Ledgeway PhD.

July 2015. Professor Robert Gordon, Serena Professor of Italian, has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy:

NEWS: Top ranking for Italian department.

NEW TO OUR WEBSITE: The Romance Linguistics Seminar

Graduate Study: All prospective Masters (M Phil) and doctoral (PhD) students should contact Robert Gordon (

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Latest News

Prof Ledgeway to receive honorary PhD

22 January 2016

Warmest congratulations to Prof Adam Ledgeway, who will receive an honorary PhD from the University of Bucharest next week.

Italian Research Seminars, Lent Term 2016

19 January 2016

Research Events in Italian Studies programme for Lent Term 2016.

Department of Italian ranked best in the country

18 January 2016

Cambridge University has been ranked best in the country for Italian in the Complete University Guide's 2015 ranking of UK universities. Cambridge was ranked top for 29 subjects in all, which put the University at the top of the charts overall. For more information on the league table, see The Complete University Guide