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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of Italian

 School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Welcome to the Department of Italian at Durham University.

The Department of Italian at Durham is first in the country for employability of its students.

It features regularly among the top departments in the UK League Tables and was ranked 2nd by both The Complete University Guide 2017 [read more] and the Good University Guide 2017.

At Durham, students learn to master written and spoken Italian and to engage with the literary, artistic and historical traditions of one of the world's most fascinating cultures. Our course produces graduates who are adaptable, culturally rich, confident speaking Italian in all situations and highly valued by employers.

On 8-11 July 2013 the Department hosted the Biennial Conference of the Society of Italian Studies.

What's New?

Durham Italian Seminar Series

Dr Irene Iocca: ‘Autore ed Editore: i compromessi del testo critico’ (in Italian)

Thursday 9 March 2017, 12:00 to 13:00

Editing behind the Scenes: A Multidisciplinary Approach
One-day workshop on Editing in Literature, Theatre, Digital Humanities, Music and Cinema

Friday 10 March 2017, 10:00 to 17:30; Senate Suite, University College

Durham Italian Seminar Series

  • Giulia Crespi (Durham)
  • Claudia Dellacasa (La Sapienza, Rome)
  • Barbara Tanzi-Imbri (Durham)

Monday 13 March, 12-1pm, ER278

Undergraduate studies

Our undergraduate programme offers:
  • dedicated language modules for both post-A levels and beginner students, taught by native Italian speakers [read more].
  • a wide range of culture modules, taught by experts at the forefront of Italian studies [read more].

Year Abroad

  • In Italy, our students can spend all or part of their Year Abroad at one of our Erasmus partner Universities, or at dedicated work placements.

    Help in planning and enjoying the Year Abroad is available at all stages of the process

    [read more...].


  • The Department is a major stakeholder in Durham University's partnership with the Bowes Museum.

  • Contacts with local schools are an essential part of our Outreach Programme. For further details click here.


  • All research-active members of the Department are involved in projects of international significance [read more].
  • Members of the Department are responsible for a number of University research centres, which bring together researchers from a wide variety of disciplines:
  • Dr Cracolici is co-Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC) and of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics (CPP)
  • Dr Tessicini is Deputy Director of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Postgraduate Studies

  • We have a lively postgraduate group of nearly twenty resident students, who are part of the School's wider postgraduate community.
  • The Durham Italian Seminar Group allows research students, staff and external speakers to present their research in a friendly, scholarly group.
  • The Department contributes to a number of modules on the School's taught MAs: Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Translation Studies, Visual Arts and Cultures.
  • The Department welcomes proposals for research MAs and PhDs [read more].