Bachelor On Campus

Italian and Philosophy

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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One of Europe's most creative and diverse civilisations, Italy has a fascinating and influential history. The Italian and Philosophy 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.


By studying Philosophy, you will learn about the use of:

  • argument
  • critical enquiry
  • reasoning
  • clarity of expression

These are essential tools in a variety of careers.

You will cover the basics of Western philosophy, and explore the different approaches that philosophers have taken. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you most.

Why Edinburgh

We have a strong, historic connection with Philosophy at Edinburgh. We count Adam Ferguson and Sir William Hamilton among our former students.

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.

Career opportunities after the Italian and Philosophy 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 Italian and Philosophy to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers.

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

Programme Structure


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

You will also take courses on Italian:

  • history
  • literature
  • cinema


Compulsory Year 1 philosophy courses introduce you to key topics including:

  • history of philosophy
  • morality and ethics
  • the nature of argument

You can also choose to take Philosophy of Science 1, which looks at the basic assumptions of science. If you do not take this course in Year 1, you must take it in Year 2.

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

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  • 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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