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About the School

Welcome to the School of Arts & Humanities

We are one of the UK's most prestigious arts and humanities faculties based in the heart of London with close links with renowned cultural institutions including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe and the National Portrait Gallery.

We are the most diverse school in terms of subject range in the University of London and are therefore able to offer undergraduate degrees, postgraduate masters and research opportunities in all aspects of human culture and history, from ancient languages and history to contemporary film studies.

  • The School is consistently ranked amongst the world's top 40 faculties, moving from 34th to 14th in the QS World Rankings and 2nd of those in London
  • Staff in 13 of our departments are in the top six nationally for research judged as world-leading and internationally excellent (RAE, 2008)

Interdisciplinarity is central to what we do, whether through holding collaborative public events (such as our annual Arts & Humanities Festival), joint teaching with other departments in the College or combining research expertise to focus our work on new areas.

Our history

The School of Arts & Humanities was formed in 1989 following the amalgamation of the former faculties of Arts, Music, and Theology. Since then, we have built upon our strong traditional roots with distinctive subjects in decline elsewhere such as Hellenic Studies, Portuguese Studies and Medieval Studies as well as emerging disciplines such as Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Digital Humanities, Film and Queer Studies.



The Head of School is Professor Russell Goulbourne, who took over from Professor Simon Gaunt in 2014.

Our vision

In addition to building upon our successes in research and teaching, we want to develop our partnerships with other world-class universities internationally  and our engagement with the arts sector. We already enjoy close relationships with the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), with whose staff we co-supervise PhD students and offer joint degrees with Georgetown, the Humboldt University and Stuttgart University.

We also want to cultivate new partnerships with the arts sector in London so that we can maximise the social, cultural and economic impact of our research.

The School by numbers

  • 4,290 students (2013-14). Students in the School make up about 16 per cent of the student population of King's. 1030 students (24 per cent) come from overseas
  • 2,920 students on undergraduate programmes
  • 830 (full-time equivalent) students on taught Master's programmes
  • 540 (full-time equivalent) research students
  • 310 academic staff and circa 60 full-time equivalent professional services staff
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