Master of Arts (MA) in Italian Studies


  • Do you have a real interest in Italian culture, history and literature?
  • Would you like to illustrate this passion in a qualification?
  • Want to know more about the nation that has had the biggest impact in history?
  • Ready to start building a professional career?

Why not pursue the study of the literature and history of this fantastic country with the Warnborough MA in Italian Studies?

There is probably no other country which has had two periods of greatness — Rome and the Renaissance — when it exerted an enormous international influence:

Si gira l’orbe di ciascuna gente
Intorno al sole de la gloria, e quando
Compì la pompa de la sua giornata,
Dechina a sera. Luce per due volte
Di civiltà maravigliosa, e quale
A nessuno fu dato, avemmo in sorte
Noi d’invïar su la progenie umana
A illuminarla …
(Aleardi, “Il Monte Circello”, ll. 336-43)

According to the Cambridge historian, Denis Mack Smith, no other people has had such a civilizing impact.¹ For A. J. Whyte, the world is inestimably indebted to Italy, for its contribution to civilization and human progress in so many areas has been incalculable.² Suffice it to say that Roman Law is the foundation of most Western legal systems, while the manners of the English gentleman and the French gentilhomme are derived from the Italian Renaissance.

Furthermore, Italy has given us, among other things, opera (Peri and Caccini), the sonnet (Iacopo da Lentini), double-entry book-keeping and the first printed textbook on modern accounting (Luca Pacioli), the first bank (Monte dei Paschi di Siena), the oldest European University (Bologna), the first medical school (Salerno), the barometer (E. Torricelli), the experimental method (Galileo), the first treatise on human anatomy (Mondino dei Liuzzi), the foundations of modern historiography and aesthetics (G. B. Vico), the piano (Bartolomeo Cristofori) and the violin (Gasparo da Salò), the discovery of America (Columbus), wireless telegraphy (Marconi), the telephone (Antonio Meucci) and the typewriter (G. Ravizza), as well as more than seventy percent of the world’s art treasures. The modules in this programme refer to some important aspects of Italian civilization, history, art, culture and literature.

¹ Denis Mack Smith, “Introduction”, An Illustrated History of Italy, ed. by M. Gendel, London,  1966, p. 8.
² A. J. Whyte, The Evolution of Modern Italy, Oxford, 1959, p.

This course is particularly useful for those who would like to pursue a career involving Italian culture and history.

However, once you have completed the MA in Italian Studies, your analytical skills will be much more adept and you will be able to move into many fields, including: teaching (most likely at the college level), course development and curricula design, research, civil service, local government, charities, information technology, solicitor’s firms, publishing, journalism, and so forth.