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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

About The Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities consists of seven departments and schools: the Department of Classics and Ancient History, the Department of English Studies, the Department of History, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (incorporating studies in: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese and Russian), the Department of Music, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Theology and Religion. It also provides Liberal Arts programmes, and two teaching centres, the Centre for Foreign Language Study and the English Language Centre.

The Faculty is the base for several research centres, including the Centres for Visual Arts and Culture, Nineteenth Century Studies, Humanities Engaging Science and Society, Catholic Studies, Classical Reception, Humanities Innovation, and Poetry and Poetics. Many of its staff are members of the Centre for Medical Humanities and the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

The Faculty includes almost two hundred members of academic staff, who research, supervise the work of postgraduate research students, and deliver postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

There are some five hundred postgraduate students in the Faculty, studying for an MA or a PhD, and approximately two and a half thousand undergraduates, studying for a BA through one of the Single Honours, Joint Honours, and Combined Honours programmes for which the Faculty is responsible.

The Faculty’s departments and schools continue to play a critical role in consolidating the University’s international reputation. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 80% of the Faculty’s research was assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading, with Theology and Religion placed first in its discipline, Classics and Ancient History second, Music third, and English Studies fourth.

In the latest edition of the Times Good University Guide, almost every department is ranked in the top five in the UK, and several departments consistently feature in the top three in this and other subject rankings.

The Faculty aims to:
• produce research of international significance, created both by individual projects and through collaborative work in specific research groups, research centres, and research institutes.

• provide opportunities for PhD students to work closely with staff who are engaged in leading-edge research in their disciplines;

• deliver, for taught postgraduates, a range of single-discipline and interdisciplinary MA programmes, designed to provide optimal training for research at PhD level;

• offer, for undergraduates, a broad range of Single, Joint, and Combined Honours programmes, providing a first class education in one or more disciplines, and the knowledge and skills required for graduate employment, professional training, or postgraduate degrees.