King's College London Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Humanities,
King's College London
Former names
KCL Faculty of Arts (1831)
KCL Faculties of Music and Theology (1831)
KCL School of Humanities (1988)
KCL School of Arts and Humanities (2009)
KCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2014)
Established 1831
Parent institution
King's College London
Dean of Faculty Russell Goulbourne
Location London, United Kingdom

The King's College London Faculty of Arts & Humanities is one of the nine academic Faculties of Study of King's College London. It is situated on the Strand in the heart of central London, in the vicinity of many renowned cultural institutions with which the Faculty has close links including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Library.[1] As of 2016, the Times Higher Education comparison of world-class universities ranked it amongst the top twenty arts and humanities faculties in the world.[2]

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers study at undergraduate and graduate level in a wide range of subject areas. Many of the departments and programmes offer joint undergraduate degrees, including some with the Departments of Geography and War Studies, in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy and with Mathematics in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.[3] As a member of the Russell Group, the Faculty receives a high number of applications.

A highlight of the academic calendar is the Faculty’s Arts & Humanities Festival[4] when, as one of Britain's pre-eminent centres of research in the Arts and Humanities, the Faculty opens its doors for a fortnight of debate and exploration about a topic and its reverberation in a range of cultural forms, from fiction and theatre to art. The Festival includes a series of lectures by King's academics, exhibitions, round-table discussions and workshops.

The Faculty is a member of The Council of University Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH UK), and of London Citizens. The current Dean of Faculty is Professor Russell Goulbourne, who took over from Professor Simon Gaunt in January 2014.


Departments like English and German are among England’s oldest and were founded in the 19th century. King's College London's Faculty of Arts merged with the Faculties of Music and Theology as the School of Humanities in the late 1980s and took on the name of the School of Arts & Humanities in 2009. The original Arts departments such as War Studies and Geography formed part of the School of Social Science & Public Policy in 2001, while the Arts & Humanities expanded from its 'classical' humanities roots.[5] Over the past few years, the School has established interdisciplinary programmes such as European Studies and Comparative Literature and a new BA in Liberal Arts launched in 2012. It has led new developments in teaching and research, for instance through the Department of Digital Humanities, Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, and the Modern Language Centre. The School of Arts & Humanities became the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in 2014.


Greek marble statues at the main hall of King's Building: lyric poet Sappho (fronting) and dramatist Sophocles (back turned)

The following departments and centres can be found in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities:

Interdisciplinary research centres

Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI)

Auto-icon of the famous writer and King's alumna, Virginia Woolf, in a building named after her that houses some of the departments under Arts and Humanities.

The Arts and Humanities Research Institute is a hub to foster innovative interdisciplinary research across the Faculty. It is home to many of the Faculty's interdisciplinary research centres:

Cross Faculty research centres

Notable people

Current academic staff

Former academic staff

Deans of Faculty

Notable alumni

Further information: List of RADA alumni


Summer School

The Faculty also offers well recognised Summer School courses as part of the King’s College London Summer School.[14] Courses are intensive and use the Faculty’s links with external cultural institutions and make 'London a classroom’. Courses on offer showcase work done in research centres such as Queer@Kings or the Centre for Humanities & Health.


Many academic staff at King's are editors and contributors to many standard editions such as the Arden Shakespeare series. The Faculty of Arts & Humanities houses several publication series, from monographs produced in conjunction with other publishing houses such as Ashgate to small in-house series.

The current list of series includes


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