Head of School Welcome
Professor Alister Miskimmon
Through our research and teaching, the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics aims to help our wider society understand the world around us.
Alongside over 90 academic staff specialising in a wide range of fields, we are home to a large community of undergraduate and postgraduate students. We have an international reputation for excellence and we strive to develop ground-breaking research and deliver innovative teaching. You’ll find more information about the school, our people and our activities in these pages.
Our teaching philosophy in the School of HAPP focuses on dynamic, supportive, and interactive environments. You will be taught by world-leading experts who bring their research and experience into the classroom, and who encourage student interaction and engagement with their subjects.
Connected in a vibrant community, our students are encouraged to explore, to pursue and develop their own specialization interests and to deepen their expertise in others.
Among others, we have particularly active clusters of postgraduate researchers and staff working on the following disciplines:
- Public history
- International security
- Irish studies
- Ancient history
- Medieval history
- History of Europe, US, China, and Russia
- Cognition and culture
- Conflict studies
- Terrorism, border studies, political theory and philosophy
Our disciplines were ranked highly for the quality, significance and impact of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the most authoritative assessment of research quality in the UK.
Across the disciplines of history, anthropology, philosophy, politics and international studies, our scholars are undertaking world-leading research that seeks to address many of the challenges of our time.
Our doctoral students join us from all over the world to produce pioneering new research across the disciplines.
Much of our work involves international collaborations, working with a range of public, voluntary and governmental bodies both locally and across the world. This research has often had a significant impact in reshaping political debate and policy.
The lecturers really know their subjects and the lectures are always interesting and enjoyable. The readings are also really interesting. Isla Rickson
Equality and diversity
We are committed to equality and diversity and strive to ensure our working and learning environment is welcoming, fair, and inclusive for staff and students alike - somewhere everyone can fulfil their potential. This is reflected in staff and student recruitment, and in departmental posts, career development, and promotion. In 2016, we were awarded two Athena Swan Bronze Awards in recognition of our commitment.
This ethos is also reflected in our curriculum, which explores aspects of equality such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class from the medieval period onwards. Read more about the wider University’s work on diversity and inclusion.
Since its foundation, our department has always been outward-facing and cosmopolitan in outlook; its teaching global in range and its staff and student body international in membership.
We have welcomed numerous EU and international students, staff and visitors to Queen’s, and many of our own staff and students visit and collaborate with partner institutions all over the world.
We have strong ties with many countries and regions including Sweden (through our PhD desk exchange scheme with Lund) and China. All our undergraduate students have the opportunity to study abroad.
We have an impressive track record of winning funding for major research projects from organisations such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Wellcome Trust.