Best universities in the UK for arts and humanities degrees 2023

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Top 10 universities in the UK for arts and humanities degrees

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UK arts and humanities rank 2023 WUR arts and humanities rank 2023 University City/Town
1 3 University of Cambridge Cambridge
2 4 University of Oxford Oxford
3 6 UCL London
4 9 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
5 23 King’s College London London
6 33 Durham University Durham
7 =37 London School of Economics and Political Science London
8 42 Lancaster University Lancaster
9 46 University of St Andrews St Andrews
10 50 University of York York

Arts and humanities subjects include history, English literature, philosophy, languages and architecture (scroll down for a full list of subjects and what you can do with them).

The UK is home to some of the world’s best universities for studying the arts and humanities, including the University of Oxford, which is ranked the top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

Students who study the arts and humanities develop transferable skills such as the ability to think critically, analyse new information and communicate findings effectively. These can be applied to a range of careers, whether that’s in politics or education, law or the creative industry.


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5. King's College London

The faculty of arts and humanities is the second largest at King's College London and is located in the middle of London city.

The department has ties with many cultural locations in the city, including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery, allowing students to experience culture around them as they study.

Programmes for undergraduates and postgraduates are offered in many aspects of arts and humanities such as ancient languages, contemporary film studies, music and philosophy. Postgraduate students can also consider a PhD or PG research course in culture, media, creative industries and humanities at King's College London.

Notable alumni in arts and humanities at King's College London includes broadcaster and author Anita Anand and novelist Thomas Hardy.

4. University of Edinburgh

The college of arts, humanities and social sciences is the University of Edinburgh’s largest college.

The college is divided into 12 schools including divinity, Edinburgh College of art, history, classics and archaeology, law, literatures, languages and cultures, philosophy, psychology and language sciences among others.

There are both undergraduate and postgraduate courses available across the arts and humanities, as well as part-time programmes for students looking for flexibility.

Those studying arts and humanities are given the opportunity to study abroad as part of the university’s international exchange programme. The university has developed partnerships with more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

3. UCL

UCL’s faculty of arts and humanities offers courses in English, philosophy, Greek and Latin, and is also home to the school of European languages, culture and society.

The Slade School of fine art offers two undergraduate degree programmes, the BA and the BFA in fine art, and two master’s programmes, the MA and the MFA in fine art.

UCL’s faculty of arts and humanities’ past research projects have addressed Lisbon and its Jewish refugees, histories of the Italian mafias, and self-directed support in social care, among many other ongoing research projects.

2. University of Oxford

The humanities division is one of the University of Oxford’s four academic divisions and is organised into nine faculties: classics, English language and literature, history, linguistics, philology and phonetics, medieval and modern languages, music, oriental studies, philosophy, and theology and religion.

The humanities division is home to the Ruskin School of Art, which dates back to 1871, when John Ruskin first opened his school of drawing. Since 1981, the school has been offering students degrees in fine art.

The division also has a number of libraries and museums including the Ashmolean Museum of art and archaeology and the Bodleian Library, which houses more than 11 million volumes and manuscript collections.

Oxford’s faculty and students carry out research in a range of subject areas from ancient and classical civilisations, to the intersection between humanities and neuroscience. Past research projects have included “What does ancient Greek music sound like?” and “How does the brain process language?”

1. University of Cambridge

The school of arts and humanities at the University of Cambridge offers a range of courses at the undergraduate level and beyond. It’s divided into eight faculties: architecture and history of art, Asian and Middle Eastern studies, classics, divinity, English, modern and medieval languages, music, and history.

The university is home to several research groups, including Cambridge Digital Humanities, a collaborative interaction between scholars across the humanities. Its mission is to rethink the nature of the humanities in our digital age and to investigate traditional and new forms of data and media.

Notable Cambridge alumni in arts and humanities fields include the philosopher Bertrand Russell, artist Quentin Blake and dramatist Christopher Marlowe.


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Top universities in the UK for arts and humanities degrees 2023

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UK arts and humanities rank 2023 WUR arts and humanities rank 2023 University City/Town
1 3 University of Cambridge Cambridge
2 4 University of Oxford Oxford
3 6 UCL London
4 9 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
5 23 King’s College London London
6 33 Durham University Durham
7 =37 London School of Economics and Political Science London
8 42 Lancaster University Lancaster
9 46 University of St Andrews St Andrews
10 50 University of York York
11 =55 University of Warwick Coventry
12 61 Birkbeck, University of London London
13 =63 SOAS University of London London
14 =67 University of Glasgow Glasgow
15 =69 University of Manchester Manchester
16 76 University of Sheffield Sheffield
17 =78 University of Leeds Leeds
18 =83 University of Bristol Bristol
19 90 University of Birmingham Birmingham
=20 101–125 University of Exeter Exeter
=20 101–125 Goldsmiths, University of London London
=20 101–125 University of Nottingham Nottingham
=20 101–125 Queen Mary University of London London
=20 101–125 University of Reading Reading
=20 101–125 University of Southampton Southampton
=26 126–150 Cardiff University Cardiff
=26 126–150 Newcastle University Newcastle
=26 126–150 Queen’s University Belfast Belfast
29 151–175 University of Leicester Leicester
=30 176–200 University of Bath Bath
=30 176–200 University of Essex Essex
=30 176–200 Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
=30 176–200 University of Liverpool Liverpool
=30 176–200 Loughborough University Leicestershire
=35 201–250 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
=35 201–250 University of Kent Canterbury
=35 201–250 Royal Holloway, University of London Egham
=35 201–250 University of Sussex Brighton
=39 251–300 Aston University Birmingham
=39 251–300 Bournemouth University Bournemouth
=39 251–300 University of East Anglia Norwich
=39 251–300 University of Huddersfield Huddersfield
=39 251–300 University of Stirling Stirling
=44 301–400 Brunel University London London
=44 301–400 Coventry University Coventry
=44 301–400 Northumbria University Newcastle
=44 301–400 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham
=44 301–400 The Open University Nationwide
=44 301–400 Oxford Brookes University Oxford
=44 301–400 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield
=44 301–400 University of Strathclyde Glasgow
=44 301–400 University of Surrey Guildford
=44 301–400 Swansea University Swansea
=44 301–400 University of the West of England Bristol
=44 301–400 University of Westminster London
=56 401–500 Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth
=56 401–500 Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Cambridge
=56 401–500 Bangor University Bangor
=56 401–500 University of Dundee Dundee
=56 401–500 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool
=56 401–500 Middlesex University London
=56 401–500 University of Plymouth Plymouth
=56 401–500 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth
=56 401–500 University of Roehampton London
=56 401–500 University of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton
=66 501–600 Birmingham City University Birmingham
=66 501–600 University of Brighton Brighton
=66 501–600 University of Central Lancashire Preston
=66 501–600 De Montfort University Leicester
=66 501–600 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield
=66 501–600 University of Hull Hull
=66 501–600 Keele University Keele
=66 501–600 Kingston University London
=66 501–600 Leeds Beckett University Leeds
=66 501–600 University of Lincoln Lincoln
=66 501–600 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester
=66 501–600 University of Salford Salford
=66 501–600 Ulster University Belfast
=66 501–600 University of Winchester Winchester
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