Undergraduate 

Italian MA

Students on campus

Studying Italian opens up the language and culture of a major EU country that has played a key role in Europe’s political and artistic development.

2021 Clearing places available

Glasgow has a long tradition of teaching in Italian studies, supported by excellent library resources in the subject. You will be taught in small groups, mostly by native speakers of Italian, giving you the opportunity to develop a high level of fluency in written and spoken Italian.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Italian MA (Hons): R310 5 year degree

Programme structure

Year 1

The course you study in first year depends on how much Italian you have studied before. If you have an SQA Higher or A-level in Italian (grade A or B), you will take non-beginners’ language and culture courses. 

If you are a beginner or near-beginner and have some previous language learning experience, you will take the Level-1 beginners’ course, which provides an intensive foundation in reading, writing and speaking Italian.

Year 2

The first-year language and culture course leads to Italian 2, which extends and develops your linguistic skills and builds your knowledge of Italian culture, including the study of texts and films. Students progressing from the first-year beginners’ course normally study Italian culture 1 alongside the second-year course.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Year 3 (year abroad)

If you progress to Honours you will spend your third year abroad, normally either working as a language assistant in a school or studying at a university. The University has a number of exchange programmes and will provide support and advice.

Years 4 and 5

In addition to further language work, our two-year Honours programme enables you to choose from a wide range of options including literature, cinema and other areas of culture.

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Degree structure for Non Beginners Languages

The language courses in years 1 and 2 have been designed to allow you to consolidate and advance your knowledge of the language through the study of authentic texts. You will work on enhancing your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and will begin to undertake tasks which may be new to you, such as summarising and translating. The courses are assessed by online tests, oral exams and written exams.

The culture courses in years 1 and 2 will introduce you to a broad range of ideas and texts and will encourage you to think about the vast number of cultures that have been shaped by the languages you are learning. You’ll think about a variety of topics including cities, popular culture, gender and nationalism. These broad courses showcase our research specialisms and will allow you to make an informed choice when you come to decide which courses to take at Honours level.

In years 4 and 5, you will study language in greater depth and will focus on the finer nuances of language usage. You will also choose courses in areas that interest you and we have a range of specialist courses relating to history, literature, cinema and society as well as courses that focus on applied language skills (such as translation and interpreting).

Year 1

  • Non Beginners Language 1: Culture 1
  • 2nd Level 1 subject
  • 3rd Level 1 subject

Year 2

  • Language 2: Culture 2
  • 2nd Level 2 subject
  • A new Level 1 subject may be taken

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Year 4

  • Junior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable]
  • Note: if you are studying two languages, you will go abroad to a country where one of your two languages is spoken during your 4th year.

Year 5

  • Senior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable] 

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Degree structure for Beginners Languages

The beginners language courses in year 1 are intensive language courses specially designed to allow you to take an Honours degree in the language you are studying. In year 2, you will join with the non-beginners students and will continue to develop your language skills before going abroad. You will work on enhancing your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and will begin to undertake new tasks, such as summarising and translating. The courses are assessed by online tests, oral exams and written exams.

The culture courses that you take in year 2 will introduce you to a broad range of ideas and texts and will encourage you to think about the vast number of cultures that have been shaped by the languages you are learning. You’ll think about a variety of topics including cities, popular culture, gender and nationalism. These broad courses showcase our research specialisms and will allow you to make an informed choice when you come to decide which courses to take at Honours level.

If you take a beginners language in year 1 and wish to take the subject to Hons, students of French, German, Italian and Spanish will take Language 2 and both Culture 1 and 2 in year 2. Students of Russian and Portuguese will only take Russian or Portuguese Culture 2 alongside Russian or Portuguese Language 2. For students of Russian, there is a cultural component included in the level 2 language course, so you won’t take a separate culture course in your second year.

If you are a student taking two languages, we recommend that you spend your year abroad in a country where the language you have taken as a beginner is spoken.

In years 4 and 5, you will study language in greater depth and will focus on the finer nuances of the language. You will also choose courses in areas that interest you and we have a range of specialist courses relating to history, literature, cinema and society as well as courses that focus on applied language skills (such as translation and interpreting).

Year 1

  • Beginners Language 1
  • 2nd Level 1 subject
  • 3rd Level 1 subject

Year 2

  • Language 2: Culture 2
  • 2nd Level 2 subject
  • Culture 1 (20 credits) + further 20 credits in Level 1 courses

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Year 4

  • Junior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable]
  • Note: if you are studying two languages, you will go abroad to a country where one of your two languages is spoken during your 4th year.

Year 5

  • Senior Honours
  • [Joint subject: where applicable]

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Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2022

Summary of entry requirements for Italian

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40 – AABB*
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: one A-level Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

Graduates with qualifications in modern languages and cultures have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in the media, teaching (both at home and abroad), journalism, tourism, translating and interpreting, and the Civil Service, as well as business, commerce and marketing. 

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA (Hons)

Italian: R310 (5 years)
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Italian/Ancient History: VR13 (5 years)
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Italian/Business & Management: NR23 (5 years)
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Italian/Celtic Civilisation: QR53 (5 years)
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Italian/Central & East European Studies: RR73 (5 years)
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Italian/Classics: QR83 (5 years)
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Italian/Comparative Literature: QRF3 (5 years)
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Italian/English Language & Linguistics: QR3J (5 years)
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Italian/French: RR13 (5 years)
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Italian/German: RR23 (5 years)
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Italian/History: RV31 (5 years)
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Italian/History of Art: RVH3 (5 years)
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Italian/Latin: QR63 (5 years)
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Italian/Mathematics: GR13 (5 years)
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Italian/Music: RW33 (5 years)
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Italian/Philosophy: RV35 (5 years)
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Italian/Portuguese: 4L2M (5 years)
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Italian/Spanish: RR43 (5 years)
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Italian/Theatre Studies: R3W4 (5 years)
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Italian/Theology & Religious Studies: R3V6 (5 years)
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2021 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

RUK Excellence Scholarship

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

RUK Access Bursary

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Access Bursary

Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to talented students who, for reasons of financial hardship, might not be able to take a place at university. Our RoI Access Bursary is part of our commitment to continue to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The RoI bursary will be up to £2,000 for your first year of study and £1,000 for continuing years.

Payments of the RoI Access Bursary will be detailed in your Award Letter.

  • The RoI Access Bursary will be awarded as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Access Bursary will be paid in 10 instalments from October until July; this award is based on household income
  • The RoI Access Bursary will only be awarded in years where tuition fees of £9,250 apply (i.e. Normally Years 1,2 and 3. Bursary is not paid in Year 4 where no tuition fees are due).

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Excellence Scholarship

The RoI Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained at Irish Higher grades A1, A1, A1, A1 from the Irish Leaving Certificate.  Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.

Payments

  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be processed as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be paid in 2 instalments.
  • The first payment will be in October and the second payment will be in February.

These payments will be credited to the UK bank account held on your MyCampus profile; therefore, it is vital that this is up to date at the start of the session. By submitting your bank details on the MyCampus system, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

Scholarship application deadline is 5PM on SUNDAY, 13TH JUNE.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds.  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society are offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

Apply via UCAS