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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. We are a dynamic community of internationally acclaimed researchers, scholars and students who are committed to creating and sustaining a modern and meaningful place of connected learning. We are open to all talents, welcoming of challenge and change, and dedicated to using our subject expertise to make a difference to lives locally, nationally and internationally. 

The Faculty has almost 10,500 students and over 700 academic and support staff who work in and across our five Schools – Arts, English and Languages; History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics; Law; Business; and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, and in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Our colleagues and students pursue a wide range of activities, including world-leading research and life-changing teaching. We hope that you want to be part of our work: we have nearly 150 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as lots of challenging doctoral opportunities, so there is definitely something to suit your needs and ambition. 

We are proud of the work of our students and staff which has been recognised by many others for its quality and its commitment to work that makes. As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s University Belfast is one of the UK’s 24 leading universities, providing students with a world-class education underpinned by world-class research. Queen’s is truly a global university, as our researchers work closely with more than 250 universities around the world and with even more businesses and agencies in Belfast and internationally. These networks and collaborations inform our programmes and offer great opportunities for students to learn with and from international peers and partners. 

So, with a huge range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities, as well as a vibrant postgraduate research culture, I know that you will find that Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast will challenge and inspire you, as well as equip you with the first-class skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen career.

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An intellectual powerhouse

Spanning everything from traditional humanities and social science subjects to cutting-edge areas in Creative Arts and applied professional studies.

Over 40 per cent of our research is ranked in the top 25 per cent for its respective subject area, with a further 40 per cent in the top 50 per cent nationally.

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A collaborative culture

Our interdisciplinary environment allows students from all fields the opportunity to interact with academic leaders and participate in their research.

Areas of notable excellence include Creative Writing, Sonic Arts, Global Financial Markets, Children’s Well-being, Poverty and Social Exclusion, Translation and Interpreting and Shared Education.

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World-Leading Research with Real Impact
Achieving real-world Impact locally, nationally and internationally

Our mission is to be distinguished by our academic strengths and recognised globally for the social, economic and cultural benefit we deliver through research.

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Faculty Schools

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Queen's Business School
Business education and engagement
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An ever-evolving subject
School Site
SSESW - School of
Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
School Site
HAPP - School of
History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
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Interdisciplinary Programmes
Real World Thinking
AEL - School of
Arts, English and Languages
School Site
Faculty Institutes
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William J Clinton Leadership Institute
at Riddel Hall

The Institute brings world-class facilities, leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a high-end portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes.

Benefiting students and business alike
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The Senator George J Mitchell Institute
For Global Peace, Security and Justice

The Institute links peace-making with social transformation, acknowledging the need for reform of state institutions alongside cultural and social healing, and brings together researchers from fields as diverse as politics and computer engineering.

A Gateway to Interdisciplinary Research
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Institute of Irish Studies
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Institute of
Professional Legal Studies
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World-class facilities
Sonic Arts
Research Centre
Leadership Institute
The William J Clinton
Leadership Institute
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Trading room
The perfect training for financial markets
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Seamus Heaney
Centre for Poetry
Film studio
Film Studio
An investment in film students
School of Law
School of Law
A major new hub
Explore the Campus

With our new School of Law and state of the art facilities for music, film and drama, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides world-class facilities for its huge range of teaching and research.

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