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Our world-leading research is characterised by its acknowledged strength in core disciplinary areas, which is also the foundation for pioneering interdisciplinary reach across the Faculty’s fourteen departments, in its many research centres and groups and in the  Arts and Humanities Research Institute. While extending and deepening research in arts and humanities disciplines we also engage with key questions beyond the academy; our research has consistently explored innovative engagement with the world around us. 

The Faculty comprises some 350 active researchers and over 650 postgraduate research students. It has world-class and internationally excellent research in all areas, including new disciplines such as Digital Humanities and Culture, Media & Creative Industries (rated first in the UK for the research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework).

More traditional subject areas also performed exceptionally well in REF 2014 including Classics, Philosophy and Theology & Religious Studies. The selection of research projects which feature here give a glimpse into some of the stories behind the impact of our research.

The Faculty is home to one of the largest populations of postgraduate research students in the country and encourages applications for funding via the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, of which King’s is a core member. It also welcomes applications from postdoctoral early career researchers via external funding bodies. 

Research videos can be accessed on the Arts & Humanities Research YouTube playlist.


Selected PhD Research Projects: Times New Roman - The curious history of the world's most popular font

Has it ever occurred to you that one of the most ubiquitous fonts you read today, might actually have its roots in the 15th century? Colleen Curran, a research student with the King's Department of History explores the Times New Roman font through its journey in ancient manuscripts to becoming the game changer for a prolific newspaper of the 20th century through till now.

Selected PhD Research Projects: How has the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971 affected modern Pakistan?

In March 1971, West Pakistan launched a military attack on East Pakistan. India supported East Pakistan in the war that ensued and directly confronted the (West) Pakistani army. In December 1971, the Pakistan army signed an instrument of surrender which marked the liberation of the new nation of Bangladesh. Dr Sohail Nazir, PhD History, speaks about his research on war and secession in the history of Pakistan.

Selected PhD Research Projects: Arts & Humanities Research - Opera Cinema

Joseph Attard, Film Studies PhD takes us behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House as part of his research on Opera Cinema.

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The Faculty of Arts & Humanities has a strong and broad-ranging profile of research impact.