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The School of Arts and Humanities is a diverse, supportive and collaborative community in which to innovate, explore and create. Our curiosity about language, histories and global cultures drives our insight and learning and it’s the place to develop your intellectual and practical skills.

Our innovative courses are built on this ethos, adding value to employability, providing an superlative student experience and embracing international opportunities. Fields of study for undergraduates range from classics such as English, philosophy and history to linguistics, global studies, and the latest media, communications and journalism degrees - offering the perfect combination of theory and practice. They are academically rigorous and underpinned by the latest research.

Beyond the classroom there’s work experience, external projects, volunteering, field trips, year abroad and international exchange - truly immersive experiences.

We’ve developed postgraduate courses that advance and expand learning. There’s hands-on training in collaboration with industry partners for taught courses and guidance, support and inspiration to develop research. From progressing the study of English, history, philosophy and linguistics, to developing professional skills for careers in journalism, museum and heritage development, creative writing and English Language Teaching – we turn passions into professional success.

Underpinning this is the School’s long and rich history of producing internationally excellent and world-leading research. Our research explores who we are, where we come from and where we want to go, as individuals and as a society. Through inquiry, critical reflection, creative interventions and dialogue, we deepen our understanding of how we inhabit and make sense of the world.

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Our Research Groups and Centres

Postcolonial Studies Centre

Postcolonial Studies Centre

A leading international hub for critical thought around the legacies of social disenfranchisement, colonialism, neocolonialism and the potential for postcolonial thought to contest marginality and social exclusion.

Critical Poetics Research Group

Established in 2015, Critical Poetics is an interdisciplinary research group that seeks to stimulate debate, collaboration and innovation among scholars and practitioners whose work is concerned with creative and critical theory and practice

Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Increasing the understanding of the origins, ideology, implementation and impact of religion and conflict, from the medieval period into the early nineteenth century.

Centre for Travel Writing Studies

Centre for Travel Writing Studies

Advancing the understanding of travel writing by producing scholarly and creative work, facilitating dialogue with practitioners, and creating national and international collaborations.

Centre for Public History, Heritage and Memory

Centre for Public History, Heritage and Memory

Covering all research concerned with the ways in which the past is made relevant in the present. Including representations of history, our common heritage or modes of individual and collective remembrance.

Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group

Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group

Co-directed by Dr Catherine Clay and Professor Andrew Thacker, the Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG) aims to develop work on the study of modern periodicals and print culture (from the nineteenth century to the present).

Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference

Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference

Providing a focus for research that theorises and analyses how the representation, practice and experience of difference produces inequality and how they inform discriminatory practices and policies.

Featured Facility

The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism

The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism (CBJ) has outstanding specialist facilities to enable our journalism students to develop their skills in a professional real-life journalistic environment that is as close to industry-standard as possible.

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Our linguistics courses are ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2020)

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Journalism, linguistics and philosophy courses are ranked in the UK top 20 (Guardian League Tables 2021)

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Our communication and media studies, and linguistics courses are in the UK's Top 25 (Complete University Guide 2021)

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Our Philosophy courses are ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2020)

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