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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 in 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.

Our Classics research

With 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 and languages of the ancient Mediterranean and their importance today.

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.

Our History research

The 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. 

Our research strengths are concentrated in gender history, black and non-western history and medical history including health humanities. The diversity of our research footprint is demonstrated by our externally-funded projects such as politics and popular culture in Egypt, women and the miners’ strike, and the politics of English protest music.

Our Philosophy research

Researchers within the Philosophy Division are advancing the boundaries of human understanding on some of life's most fundamental questions. We engage with real-world issues and study current events through a philosophical lens to better understand the world we live in.

We apply our teaching and research to contemporary issues such as healthcare, climate, business ethics, and democracy. Our projects have a global reach and we work across disciplines, including with psychologists and clinicians.

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