Italian Studies, M.A.

Italian Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #138 (BCR) ,
Italian Studies at the University of Bologna is an international second cycle degree built as an educational path that goes through different subjects, in an interdisciplinary way. 


Italian Studies at the University of Bologna provides a pioneering training in Italian culture, since it is based on the newest results of cultural analysis. English will be the teaching language for this Master degree, but students will also follow advanced courses in Italian during the second year.

During the first year, students will follow courses that will improve their knowledge of Italian culture and language. They will be expected to learn about Italian History, Political Thought, Literature, Arts, Cinema. During the second year, given that they will be more skilled about Italian matters, students will have the chance to deepen their prior knowledge with advanced courses in Italian Cultural Studies and Italian Literature. 

Career prospects

Graduates will be skilled experts in the field of Humanities. Therefore, they will be able to join Phd programmes all over the world, and to cover positions in the following work environments:

  • Cultural and publishing industry
  • Film Archives
  • Libraries
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Cultural Centers
  • Italian Culture Institutes in Embassies and Consulates all over the world
  • Public and private foundations and institutions
  • Research Centers

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • History of Italian Cinema 
  • International Reception of Italian Cinema 
  • History of Contemporary Italy     
  • History of material cultures in Italy 
  • Italian Political Thought 
  • Middle Age and Reinassance Canon 
  • Culture letterarie della contemporaneità 
  • Italian Contemporary Perfomance Scene
  • Seminario di lingua italiana 
  • Seminario di lingua italiana 
  • Semiotics of Conflicts 
  • History of Arts in Medieval and Renaissance Italy 
  • Italian Pop Cultures
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Other deadlines:

    • April 28th (Non-EU only)
    • August 29th
    • October 2nd
    • November 20th
    • December 11st
        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 24 months
        • Credits
          120 ECTS
        • Languages
          • English
          • Partially taught in Italian
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:


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        Academic Requirements

        To be eligible for admission, candidates must:

        • hold a first cycle degree, or an equivalent degree achieved in another educational system, in one of the following classes (only for students who obtained their degree in the Italian academic system – in case of foreign qualification
        • have achieved at least 50 ECTS credits in specific subjects (For more information, please visit the programme website.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          2560 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2560 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
        • National Applies to you

          2560 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2560 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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        Tuition fees are estimative. All students pay based on their Equivalent Financial Situation Indicator (ISEE), irrespective of the programme they enrol on.

        Living costs for Bologna

        • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
          Living Costs

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