Second cycle degree in

Modern philology

Class: LM-14 - Modern philology

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Class LM-14 - Modern philology
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator FABIO MAGRO
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of linguistic and literary studies, School of human and social sciences and cultural heritage

Next Calls for applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25:

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024


A course that allows students to establish direct contact with the most important names of Western literary production, particularly Italians, and to immerse themselves with knowledge of the facts in the linguistic, cultural, and historical context in which they operated. From the Middle Ages to the contemporary, passing through the modern sphere, students will learn to move between strong literary and philological skills so as to be able to interpret the texts with an autonomy of criticism and judgment. Students will reflect on the relationships between literary genres or on the conditionings of the client and of the ideological coordinates. Students can pursue to work within the public and private bodies in the sectors of culture, publishing, cultural information, advertising, and entertainment, and after passing all legislative qualification students will be ready to teach in secondary school.

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Characteristics and objectives
The master program in Modern Philology is aimed at providing in-depth knowledge of the Occitan literary traditions, with a special focus on the Italian linguacultural space, by means of direct contact with the main authors and works, accurately contextualised in a historical perspective.
In order to attain the Master's degree in Modern Philology, the candidates will have to possess and demonstrate broad knowledge and solid competence in the areas of literature and philology, and they will have to reach and exhibit full awareness of the issues intrinsic in the production of critical editions, both in a mediaeval and a modern or contemporary context. The candidates will therefore need to achieve full command of the techniques necessary to analyse and describe literary texts; they will moreover have to be able to adequately contextualise texts in a historicocritical perspective, and to interpret them with a sufficient degree of autonomy. The candidates will finally also need to demonstrate the ability to communicate in a critical manner – in both written and spoken form – information regarding the disciplines they have studied, also in the perspective of their pedagogical applications.

Occupational opportunities
The holder of a Master's Degree in Modern Philology will be able to find a professional role within public and private institutions in the areas of culture, publishing, dissemination of cultural information, advertising, and entertainment. Masters in Modern Philology can also include teaching within the Italian school system among their work prospects, once they have completed the processes necessary to become licenced teachers and to obtain a teaching position in accordance with current regulations.