Studying with us

Dante studying with us


The Centre supports and enriches undergraduate study of Dante, both within Leeds and nationally. Leeds students are able to benefit from the research programme in Dante studies, and are given support in doing so through the Faculty of Arts Students as Scholars programme, which was developed by colleagues in Italian.

The Centre organises annual study days, which are open to students from any UK university, on a topic related to Dante. We also run a study day in Cork, for students across the Republic of Ireland, in collaboration with University College Cork. For more information, see our study days page.

The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best essays by final-year and second-year students. The prize is open to undergraduates at any UK university, and is judged by a panel of academics drawn from across the UK and internationally. For more information, see our Essay Prize page.

In collaboration with Abigail Brundin (University of Cambridge), the Centre ran two national workshops on teaching medieval and early-modern culture in modern languages courses in 2008.


The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies offers a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate students working on Dante.

Postgraduate students focusing on Dante will join the team of dynamic and successful researchers in Italian within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.  Italian at Leeds was ranked second in the league table of all UK Italian departments by the Guardian, following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Postgraduates take part in the full range of research activities run by the Centre, by the Italian subject area, and by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. They also benefit from the outstanding collections held in the University of Leeds Brotherton Library.

Postgraduates working on medieval Italian topics form part of the communities provided by the UK Network for the Study of Medieval Italian Culture, which was established within Italian at Leeds, the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, and the Faculty of Arts Graduate School which provides facilities, training and support for Arts postgraduate students.

MA by Research

The Centre provides an excellent base for students working on research MAs on Dante. Students taking the MA by Research prepare a 30,000-word dissertation, over the course of one year (or two years, if studying part-time).

A Leeds MA student who worked on Dante says: 'The course offered by Leeds represents an ideal route into postgraduate work. The flexibility and independence afforded to the student sets the course apart from taught MA courses, and acts as a perfect introduction to the self-motivated nature of doctoral research. It allowed me to explore in substantial depth a specific aspect of my undergraduate work which I already knew would interest me, and producing a 30,000-word dissertation felt like a significant achievement and a real advancement from the nature of undergraduate work. Furthermore, the support and supervision offered by the department were excellent. I would unequivocally recommend the MA to any student considering postgraduate study, either as an platform for doctoral study or as a self-contained master's course for those wishing to stretch themselves further.'

(Tristan, MA by Research on Dante, 2005-06)

Taught MA programmes including Dante modules

A module which is built on the Centre's current research project on Dante's Theology is available as part of the MA in Medieval Studies run by the Institute for Medieval Studies

PhD programmes on Dante

The Centre would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students interested in working on Dante. The Centre provides an opportunity for PhD students to conduct their research in a supportive and rich academic environment, and to play a full part in the Centre's work in research, with students, and with the public. If you would like to discuss a possible PhD in Dante Studies, please contact Federica Pich or Jacob Blakesley

Graduate Research Assistant

From September 2011 the work of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies will be supported by a Graduate Research Assistant, who will carry out work for the Centre while working on a PhD in Italian.  We would like to congratulate Sarah Todd on her appointment to this post.

Fees and scholarships

Applications for studentships and bursaries can be made to the University of Leeds.