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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: New postgraduate funding opportunities in Italian

NEWS: May 2016. The department congratulates Luigi Andriani (PhD candidate) who has won a very prestigious prize from the Linguistics Association of Great Britain. The prize is a Bursary, awarded for the best student abstract submitted for the LAGB annual conference. The organisers of the conference were particularly impressed with Gigi's submission in the light of the fact that they received more than 150 abstracts for consideration.

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: Prospective Masters (M Phil) and doctoral (PhD) students are welcome to contact the department's Graduate Coordinator, Professor Robert Gordon (

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Latest News

Sykes Postgraduate Research Studentships in Italian

9 September 2016

A number of new postgraduate studentships in Italian have been announced. Please follow the link for further details.

Conference: Intersubjectivity, Desire, and the Mimetic Brain: René Girard and Psychoanalysis

17 August 2016

Intersubjectivity, Desire, and the Mimetic Brain: René Girard and Psychoanalysis - a conferenced organised by Dr Pierpaolo Antonello and Dr Alessandra Diazzi to be held on 11-12 November, 2016.