Bachelor On Campus

Italian and History

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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As one of Europe's most creative and diverse civilisations, Italy has a fascinating and influential history. The Italian and History programme at The University of Edinburgh helps you to understand the contemporary world, while shedding light on the past.



Study Italian with us, and you will learn the language in the context of Italian culture. Courses cover some of the most famous and influential works of literature, art and cinema.

No previous knowledge of Italian is needed. Intensive language tuition, including through a year spent studying or working in Italy, will develop your ability to read, write and speak the language to a high standard, including in translation.


You will also study the human past, interacting with evidence in primary form, and through sceptical reading of a wide body of historical writing.

The Edinburgh experience is distinctive for the range of historical themes, chronological periods and geographical areas that you can choose from.

Why Edinburgh

Italian has been taught here since 1919, and has been part of our tradition for many years, as far back as the 18th century.

We are unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working.

From our own Italian Society to the Italian Cultural Institute, you will find many places in Edinburgh to indulge your interest in Italian culture.

Career opportunities after the Italian and History programme at The University of Edinburgh


With its long and rich history, including the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any nation, Italy is a cultural and scientific powerhouse. It is also an advanced economy, with the eighth largest nominal GDP in the world.

It is a founding member of the European Union, as well as a member of numerous international institutions including the UN, NATO, and the Council of Europe.

Studying the Italian language to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers, both in Italy and elsewhere.

Previous graduates have gone into careers in a variety of sectors, including:

  • publishing
  • banking
  • journalism
  • teaching
  • IT

Some of our graduates are working for international aid organisations.

Others have joined the:

  • United Nations
  • European Commission
  • diplomatic service

Previous History graduates have entered careers in travel and tourism, the arts, or culture and heritage.

Programme Structure


You will study the foundations of the Italian language, both written and spoken.

You will also take courses in Italian:

  • history
  • literature
  • cinema


History courses in Year 1 are broad survey courses, designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4.

Current courses range from the Middle Ages to the present day. You will take one of these courses and also a compulsory course in the methods and skills required for historical research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAA-AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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