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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesProfessor Shane O'Neill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences    

The Faculty is quite a diverse body, stretching from the traditional humanities and social science subjects (such as English, Languages, History, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology) to new areas in the Creative Arts (Music Technology, Drama, Film, Creative Writing) and a range of applied professional subjects (Law, Accounting, Education, Social Work). It includes the Institute of Theology through which four external theological colleges offer degrees and also has close working relationships with the two University Colleges (St Mary’s and Stranmillis). The Faculty has a strong research profile, as demonstrated by excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and this drives our teaching programmes and gives them a cutting edge.

Building on this strong research performance, this year has seen the establishment of two new Research Institutes within the Faculty. The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice will seek to enhance the world-class research already underway in these areas, and strengthen postgraduate study across these disciplines.

Excellence in the Faculty also extends to the education portfolio, with award winning academic staff across the nine Schools, with History at Queen’s currently ranked in Top 100 History Departments in the World. Among the programmes available for undergraduate study are the innovative new degree in English with Creative Writing, and the hugely popular Criminology programme in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. At postgraduate level, developments are well underway within the Faculty to build upon the wide variety of programmes available, with the introduction of the MA Interpreting in the School of Modern Languages, and the MA in Arts Management in the School of Creative Arts, along with an International MBA (QUMS) and JD (Juris Doctor) in the School of Law.

The Faculty has recently benefitted from significant investment in its infrastructure with the relocation of the Management School into state-of-the-art refurbished facilities at Riddell Hall, which will features a ‘Wall Street style’ Trading Room. Other world class facilities available in the Faculty include the world’s first Sonic Laboratory, which is located within the School of Creative Arts. Future infrastructure developments are planned across the Faculty, including performance space in the School of Creative Arts, and bespoke facilities for the School of Law.

The quality of the student experience is central to the activities of all the Schools within the Faculty. The majority of Schools now operate peer mentoring schemes for undergraduate students, enabling second and third years to assist first year students to make the transition to university life. Students in the School of Creative Arts had the opportunity to benefit from a masterclass with product designer, Robert Brunner who has worked with Lady Gaga and Dr Dre, while the Queen’s University Management School host an annual ‘City Event’ featuring senior executives from the City of London who shared the secrets of their business success with students from the School. In recent years, as many as 14 students annually from across the Faculty have been short-listed for the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a number winning an award each year.

A list of subjects available for study within the Faculty is available through these pages. Please take the time to browse through the information available, and contact the relevant School directly with any queries you may have.

Professor Shane O’Neill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor O'Neill is also a Professor of Political Theory within the School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy