Graduate Studies in Italian

Italian at UCC has an active and vibrant graduate studies programme and offers three research degrees : the PhD, the MPhil and the MRes. Staff supervise students in their respective research areas, primarily in modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture, as well as in Medieval/Renaissance Studies. For more information on individual staff research areas see Research.

Our doctoral students have had significant success in obtaining funding ,within University College Cork (e.g. CACSSS PhD Excellence Scholarship; Leen Scholarship; President’s PhD Scholarship; among others). Furthermore, under the mentorship of their supervisors, PhD students in Italian have won funding at national level, through the Irish Research Council.

The Department organizes an annual Graduate Conference in Italian Studies, which has attracted speakers from Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, the United States, Australia and Canada and provides doctoral students in Italian at UCC the opportunity to present their research, to hone their presentation skills, to build networks with fellow postgraduate researchers, and to gain experience in organizing a major research event.

In addition, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, through its Graduate School, runs postgraduate training and research events which our postgraduates regularly avail of.

Our PhD students and graduates have published widely in peer-reviewed journals such as Italian Studies, Gender/Sexuality/Italy, Studi Novecenteschi, Quaderno d'Italianistica, Pirandello Stdies, among others and have written monographs derived from their PhD research projects: for instance, Andrea Raimondi's The Many Voices of Contemporary Piedmontese Writers (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015); David Best’s Ruralism in Central Italian writers. 1927-1997 (Ancona UP, 2010); Gianluca Cinelli’s Ermeneutica e scrittura autobiografica (Unicopli, 2008) and Nuto Revelli. La scrittura e l'impegno civile dalla testimonianza della seconda guerra mondiale alla critica dell'Italia repubblicana (Aragno, 2011); and Ita Mac Carthy’s Women and the Making of Poetry in Ariosto's Orlando furioso (Troubador, 2007).

Regarding employment, our PhD and MPhil students and graduates have obtained posts at Queen’s University Belfast; the University of Exeter, the University of Birmingham; Université Libre de Bruxelles; l'Université de Liège, Dublin Institute of Technology and post-doctoral fellowships, for instance, at the University of Zurich, the University of Frankfurt and at Universität Bremen, as well as finding careers in the non-academic sector.

Department of Italian


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