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About the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Meeting the challenges of today conceptually, historically and imaginatively.

One of the most prestigious arts and humanities faculties in the country, A&H is based in the heart of London and boasts close ties to many of the city’s most renowned cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Portrait Gallery. Formed in 1989 when the former Faculties of Arts, Music and Theology were amalgamated, the following three decades have seen A&H grow to one of the broadest, most diverse faculties of its kind. 

We offer undergraduate degrees, postgraduate master’s courses and extensive research opportunities in all aspects of human culture and history, from ancient languages to contemporary film studies. A commitment to interdisciplinarity is central to what we do and the successes we have achieved – borne out in our collaborations, our joint-events and our combined reached/teaching with other departments.

Recent successes include: 

  • Numerous A&H departments being ranked in worldwide ‘Top 20s’ – for example Philosophy (8th), History (14th), Theology and Religious Studies (17th), Classics (22nd) and Culture and Communication and Media Industries (25th)  - QS World University Rankings 2020

  • 99% of Faculty research judged to have made an ‘outstanding’ (4*) or ‘very significant’ (3*) impact; numerous departments rated in the top ten nationally for ‘research power’ and ‘research quality’ [REF 2014

Find out more about the Faculty of Arts & Humanities by watching an introductory welcome video from our Executive Dean, Professor Marion Thain: 




To be one of the world’s leading arts and humanities faculties, recognised for the quality, impact and integration of our research and education, and for the exceptional student experience we offer.

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Key statistics in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

The second largest faculty in the university (4811 students, 2017-18)

Around 24% of our current students are International and 16% are EU

c.350 academic and 80+ professional services staff members

Host to 1080 Study Abroad students every year

Committed to diversity

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities is committed to embedding diversity and inclusion into all of its activity. We aim to ensure our staff and students have equal access to opportunities and have a positive and inclusive experience at work or during study. We have a Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Committee which includes membership from academic and professional services staff, representing all of our departments, as well as student representatives.

Our diversity and inclusion work has so far included work on diversity in the curriculum, inclusive pedagogy, race equality, supporting staff with disabilities and supporting students from minority groups.

The Faculty's demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion was confirmed when our two largest departments, English and History, both achieved Athena Swan Bronze Awards. This faculty-wide commitment will, we hope, be further borne out by upcoming applications for further awards across King's A&H.


Breakdown of the Arts & Humanities student body

3504 FTE students on undergraduate programmes

833 FTE students on taught master's programmes

340 FTE research (MPhil/PhD) students