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King’s Arts & Humanities is a leading research force in demonstrating how the arts and humanities can answer society’s big questions.

Our faculty is distinctive in representing both longer established disciplines - such as Philosophy and Theology - and the more recently established disciplines, such as Digital Humanities and Film Studies.This rare combination affords us rich opportunities for interdisciplinarity collaboration and for social impact, as well as ground-breaking research.  

This has been reflected in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) submission:

  • 98 per cent of our research environment was deemed either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). 
  • 95 per cent of our research impact was deemed either 4* or 3*
  • 86 per cent of our research outputs were deemed either 4* or 3 *

We bring methods that are informed conceptually, historically, imaginatively – and we work with a deep understanding of human culture, media and language. It is this knowledge of the past, this sophisticated conceptual thinking, this creative thinking and this innovative engagement with human culture that we bring to such great effect to address the challenges of the twenty-first century.


Our research

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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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Research Centres

Research Centres

Innovative interdisciplinary research centres at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Current projects

Current projects

Discover ongoing projects in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's College London.



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