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About the Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty 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 one of the most diverse faculties 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.

  • Many of our departments are ranked in the top 10 in the country including Film Studies (5th), History (5th) and modern languages (8th) according to the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 99% of research in the Faculty has been judged as having an outstanding (4*) and very significant impact (3*) and many departments in the Faculty were rated in the top 10 nationally for both the power and quality of their research ( REF, 2014)

Interdisciplinarity is central to what we do, whether through holding collaborative public events, joint teaching with other departments in the university or combining research expertise to focus our work on new areas.

Our history

The Faculty 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 Portuguese Studies and Medieval Studies as well as emerging disciplines such as Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Digital Humanities, Film and Queer Studies.

The Executive Dean of Faculty is Professor Marion Thain.

Our vision

Our vision is to be one of the world’s leading Arts & Humanities faculties, recognised for the quality, impact and integration of our research and education and for the exceptional student experience we offer. What we’re doing in order to achieve that vision is set out in our Strategy Map, 2014-18.

The Faculty by numbers

  • 4,811 students (2017-18), making the Faculty the second largest in the university by student numbers
  • Around 24% of our students are 'International', 16% 'EU' and 60% 'Home'
  • 3,504 FTE students on undergraduate programmes
  • 833 FTE students on taught Master's programmes
  • 340 FTE research students
  • 135 FTE (1080 headcount) Study Abroad students
  • 335 academic staff and 84 professional services staff, including language teachers and our digital consultancy
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