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Research and Activities

The School of Humanities brings together three departments each with its own thriving research culture.

Our departments are committed to an intensive programme of research that puts them at the forefront of their fields and is embedded in our teaching. Supervision can be offered on many areas within the School, with opportunities to undertake multidisciplinary research topics due to the school's strong ties with other schools in the university and between the departments.


Virtual RomeWith a proud history stretching back more than 100 years, the Classics Research Division is renowned for its world-leading insights into the cultures, histories, societies, languages, religions and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean. With the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at our heart, the division attracts students, researchers, visitors and staff from across the globe and boasts strong international connections and collaborations at research and teaching level.


Gender ClusterThe dynamic community of researchers within our History Division delves into the very essence of human identity, both individual and as communities and explores the relationship between history, heritage and the present day. The diversity of our academics 'expertise is evident with themes spanning meteorology in medieval times to punk politics and British youth culture in the 20th century. The distinctive nature of our research footprint is demonstrated by our externally-funded projects, which include studies into the fiscal origins of the French Revolution and politics and popular culture in Egypt.


Colours Research

Researchers within the Philosophy Division are advancing the boundaries of human understanding on some of life's most fundamental questions. Our projects have a genuine impact on the world around us, such as attempts to better understand and alleviate cognitive disorders or political research governing what we owe to each other and society. We also work across disciplines, including  psychologists and clinicians, in an on-going project to advance our understanding of pain.


research at the cutting-edge

Each of our leading academics actively researches and contributes to their field of interest. Discover the latest developments in our School.

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