Philosophy and Italian, B.A.

Philosophy and Italian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This course combines Philosophy with study of Italian. This provides a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.


Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe, while today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension that is apparent throughout its history and culture.

You will spend your third year abroad, studying or working on the Erasmus+ programme, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge and gain valuable work experience.

In each year you take an equal number of credits in Italian and Philosophy. For Philosophy, you will study units including Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, and Realism and Normativity.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in Philosophy and in Italian culture.

Why study Philosophy at Bristol?

Studying philosophy at Bristol gives you the opportunity to delve into some of the deepest questions that have puzzled great thinkers, by applying the rigorous analysis and argument that is distinctive of the western 'analytic' philosophical tradition. You will be part of a heritage of philosophy in the South West that includes John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.

A distinguishing feature of our courses is that you will cover the basic topics that form the groundwork to philosophy in your first two years. Your third year will then allow you to study more advanced, specialised units offered by lecturers in their own fields of research specialisation. These include:

  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Theories of Justice
  • Kant's Theoretical Philosophy
  • Art and the Understanding.

You may also have the opportunity to study at one of our worldwide partners on an exchange programme during your second year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B
  • Logic
  • An optional unit in Philosophy or open unit
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary Italian society and literature units
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post-A-level: two culture units
Second year
  • Realism and Normativity
  • Two further optional units in Philosophy
  • Italian Language 2
  • Two further optional units in Italian (for example, Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’s Inferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • Extended essay in Philosophy
  • Two further optional units in Philosophy
  • Italian Language 3
  • Two further optional units in Italian (for example, The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s).


You have a love of reading, and a willingness to spend time poring over difficult and demanding texts to extract and analyse their meaning.

You relish the prospect of engaging in rigorous argument, both with the great philosophers of the past and with your tutors and peers.

You approach fundamental questions concerning what exists and how we should live with an open mind.

If this description fits you, you will find yourself well-suited to the study of philosophy at Bristol.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including a modern language*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including a modern language*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall with 17 points at Higher level including 5 in a modern language at Higher level*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall with 16 points at Higher level including 5 in a modern language at Higher level*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*
  • BTEC: DDD. All applicants should demonstrate a capacity for language learning.*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 80% including 8 in a modern language*
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade B in Mathematics.
  • Academic qualifications: *Italian can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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