The Department of Humanities encompasses History, Philosophy, Classical Civilisation and Theology and Religious Studies. We offer BA degrees in all these subjects, as well as a Foundation Degree in Ministerial Theology, and MAs in Historical Research, Christian Ministry, Contemporary Catholicism, Classical Research and Theology & Religious Studies amongst others. Our courses are united by the strong confidence in the value of studying the actions, cultures, thoughts and beliefs of humanity past and present. We have a commitment to excellence in teaching, and to being friendly and approachable.
We have a growing number of PhD students across the range of our subjects. Among our academic staff we have some very high-profile theologians, historians, classicists and philosophers, whose research, writing and public engagement have put Roehampton on the intellectual map and enabled us to achieve good results in the latest RAE: for example, 35% of our historical research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
The Department has several active research centres, including the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Catholic Studies and the Centre for Hearth Tax Research. The Department also has links with a number of local, national and international research centres, archives and museums, including Queen Mary’s Hospital archive and museum group.
The Department was recently awarded generous funding from the Higher Education Academy to develop an innovative undergraduate module ‘The Roehampton Campus Project’ to research historical, religious, art-historical and architectural aspects of the campus and present the results to the wider community.
Professor Trevor DeanHead of Department, Humanities