Why study in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences?

Criminology students

...for humanities and social sciences courses

  • Our BA (Hons) Philosophy ranked 3rd and our BA (Hons) Sociology 7th in the UK for student satisfaction in the The Complete University Guide 2018.
  • Our BA (Hons) Sociology and BA (Hons) Social Policy achieved 100% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
  • Our History research was awarded world-leading status in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Many of our staff work with governmental organisations and public services to help inform future policy.
  • As well as learning from our teaching staff, you’ll hear the opinions of renowned speakers at our many events.
  • You’ll have the chance to study abroad in America, Canada or Sweden.
  • You’ll receive work placement opportunities and specialist careers advice, thanks to our links with the local community.
  • Every year, there's the chance to win one of our prizes for academic achievement: the Justin Wand Memorial Prize is awarded for the best performance in any degree with English or Philosophy in its title.

...for literature, language and linguistics courses

  • In The Guardian University Guide 2017, our English & Creative Writing courses ranked joint 6th in the UK for ‘Spend per student’.
  • We’ve taught English Literature at degree level for over 40 years and, over that period, have been considered one of the best departments in the country.
  • Your studies will be supported by a team of published writers, including Dr Tory Young (author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other university courses as well as our own), Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood), Professor Eugene Giddens (Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History), and Dr Helen Marshall (Gifts for the One Who Comes After).
  • You can get feedback and support for your writing projects from our Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Scheme mentors.
  • If you join our MA English Literature course, you can apply for a two-week internship with Shakespeare and Company, a busy Paris-based literary institution.
  • As one of our students, every year you’ll have a chance of winning one of our prizes for academic achievement, all generously donated by various companies and organisations:
    • Ian Gordon Prize for the best dissertation in English
    • Skinner-Young Prize for the best performance on the module Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
    • John Smith's Bookshop Prize for the best academic achievement in Communication, Film and Media.