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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    Full time 2-4 years. Applications are open all year round.

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

An emphasis on the contemporary characterises research in the Italian subject group. Research is interdisciplinary and collaborative and focuses on areas in Italian Studies which are often underexplored. A recent appointment in Italian history has added weight to the transnational dimension of Italian Studies at Liverpool.


Expertise in Italian Studies at the University of Liverpool provides support and inspiration for research projects ranging from the social meaning of language practices and cognitive analysis of fiction and film through to Postcolonial Studies and Oral History. A variety of approaches allows us to accommodate, amongst others, both interdisciplinary and data-driven projects.

Supervision in Italian Studies includes sociolinguistics (e.g. the linguistic landscape, minority languages, migrant languages and neo-plurilingualism, language policy and ideology, social dialectology); the sociolinguistics of dubbing and subtitling; Italian film and audiovisual studies; Italian crime fiction; cinematic adaptations of contemporary fiction; Italian media; popular culture; social and cultural history.

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including linguistic landscapes, minority languages, language policy, crime fiction, cinema and media, cultural history and postcolonial studies.

Research themes

Our research themes are:

Linguistic Landscapes
Language Policy
Minority and regional languages
Popular fiction (in particular Crime fiction)
Cinema and media
Cultural mobility
Memory practices
Postcolonial Studies.

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University information

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University of Liverpool

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  • Campus address

    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and 'Hello International!' welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 27 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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