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Arts, Humanities and Social Science – University of Reading

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Arts, Humanities and Social Science

The Faculty's five Schools and Institute of Education cover a very broad range of research areas: arts and communication design, law, humanities, education, literature and languages, politics, economics and international relations.

Arts and Communication Design

The School of Arts and Communication Design brings together three departments with strong reputations for innovation in research, teaching, and enterprise: Art; Film, Theatre and TV; and Typography and Graphic Communication. The School performed very strongly in the most recent RAE (2008) with 65% of research rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Institute of Education

The Institute of Education is one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK. The Institute's research has made significant and widely recognised contributions to the study of education and associated fields. In the 2008 RAE, nearly 70% of its research outputs were rated as internationally recognised or world-leading.


The School of Humanities is dedicated to the teaching and research of Classics, History, History of Art and Philosophy. All departments were recognised for the high quality of their research in the latest RAE - both the Departments of Philosophy and History of Art had 100% of their research judged as of at least international standard, and 90% for the Departments of Classics and History.


The School of Law is one of the UK's top-ranked law schools. Its research spans eight clusters, ranging from international law and human rights to property law. In the 2008 RAE, it was ranked joint 7th for world-leading research and international excellence. In addition it is ranked 11th out of 67 law schools across all research categories.

Literature and Languages

The School comprises the Departments of Modern Languages and European Studies, and English Language and Literature. The School has a strong research profile with 90% of submissions for the Departments of English Literature and Language, and Italian judged to be of international standard in the 2008 RAE. French had 85% and German 65% of submissions judged in the same category.

Politics, Economics and International Relations

The Department of Politics and International Relations has particular strengths in strategic studies, political theory (including the challenges posed by climate change), European studies, and the history of political thought. Expertise in the Department of Economics spans econometrics, emerging markets, international business, development economics, housing economics, macro and microeconomics. In the last RAE, 70% of submissions for Politics and International Relations were classed as of at least international standard. The assessment in the 2008 RAE for Economics was split between two departments.


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