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Postgraduate Study in Italian (Masters, PhD, Distance PhD).

About Postgraduate Study in Italian at Trinity

Our postgraduate community in Trinity is lively and highly engaged. The Italian Department has a strong international research profile. It contributes to four taught Masters programmes, is actively involved in running two international doctoral summer schools in Dublin (Interdisciplinary Italy summer school/Dante summer school) and runs a lively programme of research events. 
The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies in Trinity has an enviable international reputation. It is in the Top 100 Language schools globally (QS rankings 2019)
The city and university are vibrant and host wonderful cultural events. The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre is a brilliant place for interdisciplinary Humanities research. The Italian Cultural Institute attracts international speakers and is close by. The Irish Film Institute is a 10-minute walk from campus and has an excellent international screening programme. Authors and scholars such as Mario Luzi, Giuseppe Bonaviri, Franco Brevini, Vincenzo Consolo, Edoardo Sanguineti, Cesare Segre, Beppe Severgnini, Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Francesca Sanvitale, Maria Attanasio, Margherita Ganeri, Antonio Nicaso, Paolo Cherchi, Mario Isnenghi, Giorgio Ficara and many others have recently visited our Department. 
Trinity library is the only copyright library in Ireland, and one of the largest and best stocked in Europe.
Italian at Trinity collaborates closely with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance studies (CMRS) and the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation (TCLCT), with the TCD Music Department and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Long Room Hub, with the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London, with Universities in Britain, Italy and the United States.

Masters Taught Programmes
Italian contributes to the following programmes

To apply: please go to:

PhD or MLitt (Masters by Research)
If you wish to enroll for a PhD or a Masters by research in Italian, the first step is to check whether someone in the Department can supervise you: We have a wide range of expertise from Medieval and Renaissance literature to contemporary literary, performance and cultural studies, cinema and interart/intermedia, and translation studies.

A Trinity research degree is normally written in English, but we can obtain permission for students to write in Italian when a good academic reason is provided. You must still have a good standard of English to study here.
To apply: you need a very good degree in a relevant subject. Before making a formal application to the University, we suggest that you contact us at, providing:

Your enquiry will be sent onto us rapidly. We meet regularly to select our doctoral students: we carefully consider each completed application and every suitable applicant receives advice on making a strong application as well as help, if applicable, with preparing funding proposals.

Distance Learning PhD in Italian

If you want to access our PhD from the comfort of your own home, without necessarily coming to live in Ireland, you can apply to work on your thesis with your Trinity supervisor on our Non-resident PhD. As part of this programme you are a fully registered student of Trinity College Dublin with access to our libraries and services. A programme of online seminars and discussion groups will be made available to enable connection with fellow Trinity researchers within and across disciplines.

Please note that students on the Non-Resident register are not eligible for university funding awards, including the Ussher, 1252 awards and Provost's Project awards. Further information can be accessed at the following link:

FAQ related to Non-Resident PhD Programme:

Please get in touch with us as early as possible so that we can best support your application. More details about postgraduate study (PhD/Masters/Distance PhD) are here:

For details of funding, please see:
Note these key deadlines:

  • The Trinity Ussher Fellowships and Trinity Postgraduate Research studentships close on 1st April 2022.
  • Irish Research Council Funding applications are now closed for September 2022 entry. Please see here for information about 2023 entry.

Our graduates have gained prestigious positions. These include Professor George Talbot (PhD Italian Trinity) is now Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research and Dean of Arts & Sciences at Edge Hill University; Dr Marco Sonzogni (PhD Italian Trinity 2005) is Reader in Translation Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Kenneth Clarke (TCD BA in Italian/History of Art; TCD MPhil Medieval Language Literature and Culture) is Associate Professor at the University of York. Dr Paul Hare (PhD Italian) is Senior Language Teaching Fellow, Modern Languages, University of Strathclyde. Dr Mirko Zilahy (PhD Italian) works at Università per Stranieri in Perugia and is now one of the best-selling Italian noir writers, as well as editor for Minimum Fax, journalist and translator.
Thanks to an excellent training programme that Trinity provides to doctoral students, and the vibrancy of Dublin’s job market, our students have particularly good opportunities for developing careers beyond academia too. Recent PhD graduates Brenda Donohue and Emer Delaney are working as National Project Managers for the Educational Research Centre in Ireland.

For further information see Trinity’s Postgraduate Prospectus, on the Graduate Studies introductory page.


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