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School of Humanities

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We're passionate about investigating what makes us human, from literature, language and music, to history, film and philosophical debate.

We are fascinated by people and their achievements over the centuries, from prehistory to the modern day. Our research and education spans many disciplines, most of which are ranked in the top 10 across British universities. Our research informs our teaching, which is regularly recognised as a leader in the annual National Student Survey. We're proud to have a friendly and approachable community that is always willing to help colleagues and students to succeed.



Film studies


Languages, cultures and linguistics



Academic Centre for International Students

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Humanities research groups
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and research

    Our broad expertise and the interdisciplinary structure enables students and researchers to explore their specialisms in new and exciting ways

  • Top 10
    for research

    We have a world-class reputation for research, with the majority of our departments ranked in the top 10 in their fields in REF 2021

  • Parkes Institute and library

    We host the unique Parkes Institute, a world-leading centre for the study of Jewish and non-Jewish relations, the Parkes Library, and one of Europe's largest collections of Jewish archives


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Student office

Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BF
We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, UK time.

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The Student Hub can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by online chat, email or telephone.

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