About Us

Humanities, Languages and Social Science (part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities) is home to a thriving community of creative thinkers, specialising in disciplines that shape the modern world.

Our staff will support you in the development of your passion for your chosen subject, with international experts in creative writing, history, politics, philosophy and languages among many other subjects.

 ‌Our distinctive programmes nurture the independent thinking, communication and evaluation skills that allow students to achieve global career success. We actively encourage wider and interfaculty discussion through a range of projects, events and activities. We are also globally connected, with university associations and relations in over 50 countries, attracting students from all over the world. Here, students develop as powerful communicators who think critically and creatively while gaining insight into the multicultural context in which we live. Our courses will provide you with the structure and freedom to realise your career goals and the skills and potential to shape global futures. We benefit from having many renowned and well-published academics who are actively researching topics such as applied linguistics, postcolonialism, narrative theory, urban regeneration strategies, youth gangs, race discrimination, globalisation, national identity and data analysis.

These disciplines performed exceptionally well in the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assessments, with three areas – sociology, English and history – among the top five of the University. In addition, we are also proud to have award-winning staff who are committed to sharing their passion, including many well-respected and prominent writers such as Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy DBE, Michael Symmons Roberts, Adam O’Riordan, Jean Sprackland and Nicholas Royle. As a student here, you will benefit from the knowledge and experience of the many experts who are based here.


Our Courses

Subjects offered at Undergraduate level include English, Creative Writing, Multimedia Journalism, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages), Linguistics, History, Information & Communications, Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Urdu), Philosophy, Politics, Public Services, Sociology and Criminology. Many subjects can be combined with another subject as part of our Combined Honours Programme.

The Humanities, Languages and Social Science Postgraduate community is large and growing; students can register for PhD, MPhil or MA degrees. There are taught Masters in areas including Applied Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Multimedia Journalism, Creative Writing, English Studies, Library Information Management, International Relations, History, Philosophy, Sociology and Information and Communications.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Our Research

We are home to a number of specialist Research Centres, facilitating a wide range of Faculty-wide, departmental-based and cross-University seminars, held to promote discussion and disseminate research findings. Students are invited to participate in research seminars and attend performances, readings and events.

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Our Staff

Humanities, Languages and Social Science boasts award-winning staff who are passionate about their subject areas and keen to share their passion with their students. They include many well-respected and prominent writers, such as Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE (Poet Laureate 2009-2019), Michael Symmons Roberts, Adam O’Riordan, Sherry Ashworth, Jean Sprackland and Nicholas Royle and internationally renowned academics actively researching topics, with specialisms in Applied Linguistics, Post-Colonialism, Narrative Theory, Urban Regeneration Strategies, Youth Gangs, Race Discrimination, Globalisation, National Identity and Data Analysis and many more. 

Staff Profiles

About Us