Graduate Studies in Italian

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.

The Eduardo Saccone PhD Scholarship in Italian Literature

The Department of Italian, University College Cork, is offering one scholarship with a total value of €20,000 per annum, subject to renewal. The scholarship covers fees (€5,770 per annum for EU students; €13,000 per annum for non-EU students) and the balance is to be paid as a stipend paid in monthly instalments. The successful recipient must apply also for other, equivalent scholarships for which they are eligible, i.e. the Irish Research Council GOI Postgraduate Scholarship, in the first year of doctoral study. The Scholarship is normally renewable each year for a period of three years, subject to the student having applied to other funding bodies and receiving satisfactory annual progress reports. Applications to extend the Scholarship to cover a fourth year of study may be considered.

The Scholarship, named after Eduardo Saccone, professor of Italian at UCC from 1994 to 2003, is for PhD research on a topic in the area of Italian literature. To be considered, applicants must have a minimum of a BA (or equivalent) in Italian Studies or other relevant discipline, and have achieved at least a Second Class Honours (i.e. 2H1 or equivalent) in their first or subsequent degree. Applicants should be able to provide evidence of a high level of written and spoken Italian. A working knowledge of English is also required.


Application Details 

Details of the Scholarship, including the application process, terms and conditions and an application form can be downloaded here:

Further Information and Terms and Conditions

Application Form 




MA Translation Studies

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork 

MA Translation Studies, New language pathways 

Applications welcome for 2012-2013

The MA in Translation Studies is designed for people who are proficient in more than one language and would like to start a career as translators, for translators who would like to develop their skills in areas such as translation technology and terminology management, and for linguists interested in translation and cross-cultural communication as an area of study. The course combines both practical and theoretical elements and therefore also provides excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.

The MA has 10 different streams and applicants choose their specific stream at the application stage.

  • Stream 1: French and German
  • Stream 2: French and Italian
  • Stream 3: French and Spanish
  • Stream 4: German and Italian
  • Stream 5: German and Spanish
  • Stream 6: Italian and Spanish
  • Stream 7: French
  • Stream 8: German
  • Stream 9: Italian
  • Stream 10: Spanish 

Core elements

Introduction to Translation Theory and practice

Translation Technology

Research Skills

Translation Project


Methodology of Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting

Optional modules include

LL6001 Methodologies of Reception and Intertextuality

FR6306 Theories and Practices of Modernity and Modernism

FR6405 Mythic Heroes and Heroines from Aeschylus to Lara Croft: Tragedy, Film, Anime, Graphic Novels

HS6003 Advanced Translation Skills (Spanish/English)

HS6006 Advanced Spanish Language Development

GE6009 Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice (German)

GE6020 Questions of Adaptation and Adoption: Re-Writings/ Re-Viewings/ Re-Readings

IT6101 Translation: Methods and Practice (Italian)

FR6204 Contemporary French Philosophy: Theory as Vision

FR6307 French Cinema: Stories and histories

Further information at:


Dr Angela Ryan – (French)

Dr Daragh O'Connell – (Italian)

Dr Helena Buffery – (Spanish)

Dr Manfred Schewe – (German)

Department of Italian


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