PhD in Italian

The PhD is an opportunity to engage in advanced research. This research can be carried out in any area within the Faculty of Arts, provided that supervision is available and the research proposal and supervision arrangements are provided by the University.

The PhD consists of a thesis of an internationally recognised standard that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field. Normally the thesis my not exceed 100,000 words or 250 pages. An oral examination takes place after the thesis has been submitted.

Research opportunities

  • Italian literature (with a comparative approach): Middle Ages, Renaissance, modern, contemporary
  • Film studies: contemporary Italian film and female directors
  • Theatre studies: Renaissance, modern and contemporary Italian theatre
  • Translation studies: Italian literary and technical translation, film subtitling
  • Cultural, postcolonial and migration studies
  • Feminism and gender studies
  • Italian popular culture: romance, crime, adventure stories, science fiction, comic books and graphic novels


The PhD is expected to be completed in three or four full-time years, although it may be possible to complete on a part-time basis.


The usual requirement is a master's degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class, First Division) from the University of Auckland, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must also have demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research. All candidates must submit a research proposal and obtain registration.