MA (Italian)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The Masters in Italian is designed to enhance critical, analytical, and linguistic skills as well as develop research methods and crosscultural and intercultural awareness. The focus will be on literary and cinematic texts, which will be contextualised and related to wider European and international trends and movements. The programme will be of particular benefit to people in education, the creative industry, media and communication, translation services, tourism, and government.


This is one of the few centres in Ireland and the UK where you can study Italian Critical Theory and the impact it has on other disciplines in the humanities. You will study in an interdisciplinary environment, and will participate in our novel approaches to language teaching, including the application of new technologies.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI level 8 degree with Second Class Honours Grade 2 in Italian; or equivalent international qualification.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2013

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15

Closing date: 2 August 2013

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The MA is a 90 ECTS programme. It consists of a combination of seminars and lectures. There are three core modules:

  • Great Books of the 20th Century 1 (10 ECTS);
  • Great Films 1 (10 ECTS);
  • Dissertation (30 ECTS).


Remaining credits can be accrued from the following modules:

  • Great Books of the 20th Century 2 (10 ECTS);
  • Great Films 2 (10 ECTS);
  • Defining Historical and Social Events (10 ECTS);
  • Applied Language Skills (10 ECTS).


The dissertation will be approximately 15,000 words on a topic to be decided in consultation with the course coordinator. The dissertation will show that the student has applied the full range of knowledge and resources applicable to the topic and has demonstrated the capacity for independent research.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Prof Paolo Bartoloni, PhD 
  • Dr Laura McLoughlin, PhD 
  • Dr Lindsay Myers, PhD
  • Dr. Anne O' Connor, PhD

Requirements and assessment

Each module will be assessed through individual or group class presentations, essays, and continuous assessment, including active participation in class.

Find out more

Professor Paolo Bartoloni
T +353 91 492 392
E paolo.bartoloni@nuigalway.ie 
www.nuigalway.ie/italian

PAC code

GYA22

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2013/14
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2013/14

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