King's Philosophy Department now ranks eighth in the latest QS World University Rankings.
And the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's has moved up a place to 25th in the world in the latest QS Rankings.
Philosophy is up from 10th in 2019, and History is up four places from 18th to 14th.
There is also good news for Theology & Religious Studies breaking into the top 20 in 17th spot, Classics is up seven places to 22nd and Communication & Media studies (falling under the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries) broke into the top 30 in 25th place.
This news is a great reflection of the ever more innovative and original work produced here in Arts & Humanities at King’s.
Thanks to all the hard work and dedication of staff and students who have made this happen across all departments.– Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Maria Alvarez, Professor of Philosophy and the Head of Department, said the department’s research profile combines breadth, both historical and thematic, with distinctive specialisation in all the subject’s major areas. These include ethics and aesthetics to philosophy of the sciences and formal methods.
“This shapes its approach to teaching, research and impact, and is manifested in the excellence of its various research projects, such as the History of Philosophy without any Gaps Podcast, the Peter Sowerby Project in Philosophy & Medicine; the Philosophy in Schools Project, and the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art which involves, among others, the theme of immigration and the arts,” Professor Alvarez added.
Professor Alvarez also highlighted modules ranging from Women thinkers in Antiquity or 20th century Continental, to the Philosophy of Space and Time and Environmental Ethics, as examples of the breadth of the courses.
The QS rankings highlight the world’s top universities across 48 popular subject areas. Institutions are assessed on academic reputation, citations to publications and employer reputation to give an overall score.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject has been published annually since 2011.