Research in the School covers a broad range of subject areas within the humanities and social sciences, including English and creative writing, contemporary European, international and military history, politics and international relations, sociology and criminology, modern languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish), linguistics and translation and interpreting studies, all of which is undertaken within the following Centres:
- Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
- Centre for English Literature and Language
- Centre for European Security
- Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Centre for Social Research
- Centre for Translation and Interpreting
Additional research undertaken in the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences is associated with Centres hosted within other schools.
Internationally recognised for excellence in research
Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and innovation is reflected in the nature of our work. All of the School’s research centres take a collaborative approach, meaning that experts from many different fields can benefit from our significant academic resources.
The importance of our work has also been noted in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), which concluded that 75% of the School’s research output was of international quality.
Postgraduate research opportunities
The School welcomes postgraduate research students and offers a range of support aimed at maximising student potential to succeed.
Our comprehensive graduate training programme helps research students get to grips with the rigours of working at the highest academic level, with training provided in research skills and methodology, organisation, engagement, influence and impact – all of which help our students to achieve their academic goals.
We also offer strategic advice and practical assistance in areas including bidding support, research governance and ethics, internal funding and research strategy.