Study plan for MAHF-ITAL Italian, Master's, 2 years, fall 2020

ECTS Credits

The Master's Programme in Italian is a full-time program of study over four semesters. It is composed of 120 ECTS credits. 



If you want to complete the course on a 50% part-time basis, a formal application must be submitted to the institution. Please see Routines for the master's degree programme

Language of Instruction

See the individual course plan for courses that are included in the programme.

Objectives and content

The master's in Italian is normally a four-semester full-time programme that represents an academic deepening in Italian based on the bachelor's degree programme. The master's programme consists of four modules (ITAL301-302, ITAL304 and elective subjects) for a total of 60 credits and a master's thesis (ITAL350) of 60 credits.

The master's programme in Italian focuses on specialisation in linguistic or literary studies. Specialisations will be on the basis of a broad and in-depth overview of the most important disciplines, and as a prequisite, oral and written skills in Italian will be steadily expanded on the basis of knowledge of Italian culture, both past and present.

Required Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, the student will have fulfilled the following learning outcomes, defined by knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate:

- Has broad general knowledge of the of the subject and in-depth knowledge of a specific subject area

- Has basic knowledge of the central issues and methods within the subject area

- Knows the norms of academic writing


The candidate:

- Can work independently and on a long-term basis with problem solving based on knowledge of the field

- Can study and evaluate critical theories, methods and interpretations within the subject area

- Can acquire and use knowledge in new areas within the subject

- Can carry out a research or developmental project under guidance and in line with current research ethical norms

General competence

The candidate:

- Can use ICT tools that are required to carry out independent work within the field

- Has the competence to work independently using their own competence development and specialisation

- Can express in Italian academic issues, analyses, and conclusions within their own field

- Knows about relevant communicative genres

- Can take part in public debate when it concerns their subject area

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master's Programme in Italian you need a bachelor's degree in Italian or equivalent. You must hold a minimum of 80 ECTS in relevant courses such as Italian language, literature and culture, or equivalent.

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

  • Bachelor degree in Italian

Bachelor degrees that qualify:

  • Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document minimum¬†80 ECTS in Italian language, literature and culture or equivalent

You also need to document:

Compulsory units

ITAL301 - Italian language history and linguistic variation (autumn, 15 credits)

ITAL302 -Italian text studies and literature theory (autumn, 15 credits)

ITAL304 - Italian theory (Spring, 15 credits)

ITAL350 - Italian master's thesis (60 credits)

Students also choose elective courses of up to 15 credits. See section entitled `recommended electives'.

Recommended electives

- ALLV201/General literature theory (spring, autumn, 15 credits)

- LING311/Methods for linguistic master's degrees (spring, 10 credits)

- DASP307/Linguistic writing for master's and PhD students (spring, 5 credits)

- LINGMET*/Scientific theory and methodology for linguistic master's degrees (spring, 15 credits)
*LINGMET is not offered spring 2020.

- Or another approved elective offered by UiB or another university

Sequential Requirements, courses

Recommended order of courses in the programme:

1st semester (autumn)

- ITAL301/Italian language history and linguistic variation (15 credits)

- ITAL302/Italian text study and literature theory (15 credits)

2nd semester (spring)

- ITAL304/Italian theory (15 credits)

- Approved elective topic in language or literature (15 credits)

3rd semester (autumn)

- ITAL350/Italian master's thesis (60 credits)

4th semester (spring)

- ITAL350/Italian master's thesis (60 credits)

All modules in the course part of the programme must be completed before the submission of the thesis.

Study period abroad

It is highly recommended that, and the course is adapted so that, students take part of the programme as an exchange student in another country.

Recommended exchange destinations can be found on the course website: http://www.uib.no/studieprogram/MAHF-ITAL#uib-tabs-utveksling

Students can also choose from the locations with which the University of Bergen has agreements. All information about exchange programs can be found at: www.uib.no/utveksling

Students can travel on exchange and take electives and/or ITAL304 abroad. There is also a need to travel in order to conduct field work in connection with the master's thesis.

Teaching and learning methods

Through various types of teaching, students are given the opportunity to study and approach the subject in various ways. Teaching is research-based and students take an active role. Working methods and teaching methods can be lectures, seminars, group work, written and oral presentations, problem-solving assignments, problem-based learning, guidance and use of digital resources.

For more information, see the individual course plans.

Assessment methods

Throughout the programme, students will meet different forms of assessment. Examples include written school exams, guided assignments, home exams, oral presentations, oral examinations and portfolio assessments.

The forms of assessment are adapted to the learning outcomes of the various modules.

For more detailed information on the forms of assessment, see the individual course plans.

Grading scale

Grades for the different courses are based on one of two grading scales:

1) A-F, where F is a failing grade

2) Pass/fail

Information about which grading scale is used can be found in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

Diplomas and diploma supplements are printed out after the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

Completed master's programmes with good results qualifies a candidate to apply for admission to doctoral studies in relevant subjects.

Students who plan to take a PPU must ensure that they meet the admission requirements during their studies. Information can be found at www.uib.no/studieprogram/PRAPED


A master's in Italian provides a good background for teaching at a higher level and for work in both the public and private sectors where an international society places great demands on language and cultural knowledge.

The master's in Italian is also the starting point for postgraduate studies in Italian linguistics and literary studies.


The master's programme is continuously evaluated in accordance with the guidelines for quality assurance at UiB. Subject and program evaluations can be found at qualitybasen.uib.no

Programme committee

The program committee is responsible for the programs academic content, structure, and quality.

Administrative responsibility

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Humanities Faculty is responsible for the administration of this program of study.

Contact information

If you have questions, please contact the student advisor for the program at: studierettleiar@if.uib.no

Tlf 55 58 23 40