Structured PhD (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) (Italian)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Languages, Literature and Culture

Course overview

Download Structured PhD guidelines (PDF file) here.


Italian Studies at NUIG 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 NUIG 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 will also be 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, cliteracy.

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Areas of interest

Prof. Paolo Bartoloni
20th century Italian literature and culture, translation theory, comparative literature, critical theory.


Dr. Laura McLoughlin
Applied linguistics; translation studies and audiovisual translation; language teaching methodology; 20th-century literature and civilization.


Dr. Lindsay Myers
20th century Italian literature and civilization; Italian children’s literature.


Dr. Anne O'Connor
19th century Italian literature; Italian history; travel literature; 20th century culture.

Researcher profiles

Prof. Paolo Bartoloni

Dr. Laura Incalcaterra McLoughlin

Dr. Lindsay Myers

Dr. Anne O’Connor

Find out more

Prof. Paolo Bartoloni
T +353 91 492 392

PAC code

GYG21 full-time
GYG53 part-time
Important: apply by mid-July for September entry

Current project

Subtitling New Media: Audiovisual Translation and Second Language Acquisition

World War One in Italian children’s literature

The use of literary hyper-texts in advanced language learning contexts

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2016/17

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2016/17

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.