Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies and Linguistics, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Italian (take IELTS)
The PhD Programme in Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies and Linguistics is organized into two main subject areas, which incorporate languages, language science, literature and culture within numerous scientific and cultural projects: Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies and Linguistics.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The PhD Programme is organized into two main subject areas, which incorporate languages, language science, literature and culture within numerous scientific and cultural projects:

  • Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies,
  • Linguistics.

The Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum is aimed at the advanced study of languages and cultures of modern societies, based on the communication between complex cultural systems, and examined through the analysis and interpretation of literary and cultural texts in a foreign language. This essential tool in gaining a deep understanding of all cultures and traditions is applied from both a specific and a comparative angle.

The Linguistics curriculum is aimed at the development of theoretical critical thinking that is suitable for facing specialized research themes and issues in linguistic theory, language education, linguistics of various languages (including Sign Language), applied linguistics, computational linguistics, synchronic and diachronic language theory, and foreign language teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
    • Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Research themes

Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum:

The following modern languages, literatures and cultures:

  • Anglo-American literatures and cultures
  • English literature and culture
  • European French and Francophone literature and culture
  • German and Austrian literature and culture
  • Ibero-American literatures and cultures
  • Literatures, cultures and philologies from the Slavic and Balkan area, and relative to the following language areas: Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Greek, Polish, Russian, Serbian and Slovenian
  • Portuguese literatures and cultures from Latin America and Africa
  • Postcolonial literatures and cultures in English
  • Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese literatures and cultures from the Iberian Peninsula

Their stylistic, rhetorical, philological, historical and epistemological characteristics, analysed in terms of their context-bound specificities, as well as from a comparative perspective – that is, as a premise for communication between complex cultural systems.
Comparative studies, studies into the novel, intercultural and cross-disciplinary studies.

Linguistics curriculum:

  • Didactics of foreign languages, and of Italian as a foreign language
  • Generative grammar
  • Grammar theory
Professional Profiles

Given the broad and in-depth preparation, the PhD graduate will be able to employ the skills acquired not only in an academic research environment but also, according to the specific subject area studied, in highly skilled roles in fields which cover internationalisation and the study of language.

Academic Requirements

- "Laurea specialistica" or "laurea magistrale" (second cycle degree);
- or degree awarded under the system ("ordinamento") in place prior to the one introduced by Ministerial Decree (D.M.) no. 509 of 03 November 1999, amended by Ministerial Decree (D.M.) no. 270 of 22 October 2004;
- or second-level academic qualification ("titoli accademici di secondo livello") awarded by institutions belonging to the AFAM ("Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale") sector;
- or Master’s degree qualification obtained abroad, comparable in terms of duration, level and discipline field to the Italian qualification granting admission to the PhD Programme.

Candidates are required to have certified English proficiency at least B2 level - under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - at the time of enrolment, except for the possibility of acquiring it subsequently, by no later than December 31st, 2016, otherwise they will be excluded from the PhD Programme.

For any further information about the type of academic qualification required and any possible additional requirements, please refer to the call for admission to the PhD Programmes.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1012 International
  • EUR 1012 EU/EEA

University fees for the academic year 2016/2017 will amount to a maximum of 1.012.00 Euros. The regional student support tax (whose amount is to be set by the Veneto Regional Government) must be added to it.


PhD scholarships are awarded by a selection process that is outlined in the published call.

Candidates who are awarded a scholarship are requested to pay only the stamp duty and the regional tax for the study right, whose amount will be established by the Regione Veneto.

The amount of the PhD scholarship is EUR 13,638.47 per year, net of social security taxes payable by the scholarship holder.

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