Course Overview

Italian Studies at the University of Galway combines a strong research interest in selected areas of 19th and 20th century Italian culture and literature as well as cutting-edge and innovative expertise in interdisciplinary studies, bringing together disciplines such as literature, philosophy, linguistics, translation studies, and film studies in exciting new methodological ways.  Today’s critical discourse is strongly influenced by Italian thinkers, and Italian Studies at NUI Galway is one of the few places in Ireland and the UK where you can study their impacts and the effects they have on other disciplines in the Humanities, including comparative literature. Here you can enhance your understanding of translation and translation theory and put it into practice through the mentorship of leading experts in the field of subtitling. Students are exposed to our novel approach to language teaching and the application of new technologies to the study of Italian.

As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules. The wide menu of available options include modules that:

  • are discipline-specific in that they augment the student's existing knowledge in their specialist area
  • are dissertation-specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project, e.g., additional language skills
  • acknowledge a student's professional development, e.g., presentation of a paper at an international conference
  • enhance a student's employability through generic training, e.g., careers workshops, literacy.

Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (Italian)—full-time 
Structured PhD (Italian)—part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have an honours degree in Italian; Second Class Honours, Grade 1 minimum (or equivalent international qualification).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Visit the Discipline of Italian website for information on current projects. 

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Staff interests include Italian Critical Theory, Comparative Literary Studies, Romanticism, 19th Century Italian Literature and Civilization, 20th Century Italian Literature and Civilization, Travel Literature, Modern Italian Theatre, Italian History, Italian Children's Literature, Italian Women Writers, Modern and Contemporary Italian Poetry, Poetry in Translation, Translation Studies, Language Teaching Methodology and Applied Linguistics.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25


All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Prof. Paolo Bartoloni
T +353 91 492 392

What Our Students Say


Jennifer Lertola |   Current Student

My project focuses on the development of subtitling practice in foreign language classes. This new teaching/learning method is used to promote second language acquisition through audiovisual translation. The structured PhD programme offers students the unique opportunity of pursuing a research project while integrating the experience of research with discipline specific activities and transferable skills based courses. One of the main advantages of the structured PhD, in contrast with a self-motivated research project, is the sense of inclusion and guidance the students experiences due to regular meetings with staff and other PhD students throughout the course.