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Department of Humanities

Humanities is an umbrella for the study of the meaning of human society, both past and present, at home and internationally.

Our department embraces the study of history and culture from the ancient Greeks to contemporary global issues. Classics, history, philosophy, religious studies and theology all come within the compass of our exciting and relevant programmes. At undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, we offer you rich and vibrant engagements with pressing issues shaping our world. In addition to teaching students, our Humanities staff write the books and articles that you will learn from.

As part of your studies, you will be able to experience work placement, study abroad, and field trips to Rome and Berlin. Our aim is give students life-changing experiences.


We offer a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in History, Philosophy, Classical Civilisation and Theology and Religious Studies.

Study with us and you can choose to combine your passion for any of our courses by studying across different subject areas.

At postgraduate level, our MRes courses are tailor-made to meet your research interests.

You can also further your career with our short courses for professionals. 

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Join us and you will benefit from our research-led teaching, delivered by engaging and approachable lecturers in a department that has specialisms as diverse as magic, Marxism, gender studies, Islam and many others. Among our academic staff we have high-profile theologians, historians, classicists and philosophers.

Many of our courses offer interesting work placement opportunities that will help you pursue a wide range of professional careers.



The Department places strong emphasis on research, which is championed at all levels of study. Teaching is research-led, and we have a growing number of PhD students.

100% of our research in History is rated "internationally excellent" for the impact it has on society (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Find out about TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership funding opportunities here

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What our students say

Jack Wilcock, BA History

"The lectures are rich and varied in terms of content and the lecturers provide well rounded, profound knowledge on each subject."

Jack Wilcock
BA History

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