Department profile

School of Humanities and Social Science

Liverpool John Moores University
2020/21 edition

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About School of Humanities and Social Science

A distinct and innovative place of learning

The School of Humanities and Social Science comprises leading researchers and lecturers in five subject areas – English and Cultural History, International Relations and Politics, Media, History, Culture and Communication and Sociology (Social Work and Social Policy).

Current research and scholarship are defining features of all five of these subject areas. This commitment has enabled staff in the School to produce an impressive array of world-leading research. Our School’s reputation is also strengthened by the relationships we have established with key stakeholders outside the University, both locally and internationally.

Our specialities and research

We achieved excelled REF 2014 results

Over the past six years, staff in the School have produced a wealth of published research, authoring or editing books, producing articles and contributing to chapters in books or entries to edited collections. Academics have also been involved in interdisciplinary collaborations throughout the University and have forged external research partnerships both nationally and internationally. All of this cutting-edge research is fed directly into postgraduate teaching.

This work helped us achieve excellent Research Excellence Framework 2014 results, with an increased level of 3* and 4* activity across the School. It has also provided us with the strong foundation we need to continue to improve the range, impact and quantity of our research within our key areas of research, which are:

  • Communication, cultural and media studies
  • English literature
  • History
  • Social work and social policy

In addition to our research, the educational experience we offer is enriched by our international partnerships, which have been developed across the world, from Europe to China and the USA. These links not only provide students and staff with the opportunity to study or work overseas, but they also enable international visiting scholars to make valuable contributions to our curriculum.

We are dedicated to providing a stimulating and challenging environment for all our staff and students. The School runs a number of Research Seminars and Symposia, including ‘The History Perspective Seminar’, ‘The Literature and Cultural History Research Seminar’ to which our postgraduates are invited and regularly give papers alongside invited international scholars.

Delivering current and cutting-edge programmes

Our diverse portfolio of programmes has been carefully designed to provide you with an academically rigorous, stimulating and career-focused education. Once you graduate, you will not just be prepared for the world of work, but you'll be equipped for professional success within today’s global job market.

MA Criminology and Social Policy

MRes English

MA English Literature

MA International Relations

MA Mass Communications

Programmes currently in development

MRes Sociology

The School is interested in hearing from practitioners, graduates and early career academics who have an interesting research topic they would like to explore. Visit website for further information about our MPhil/PhD research programmes

Scholarship, collaboration and academic excellence

The School of Humanities and Social Science has an extremely strong research profile and our research teams – which are made up of academics, postgraduate students and visiting scholars – champion our School’s culture of scholarship, collaboration and academic excellence.

Since the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a focus on recruiting research-active staff has resulted in further significant outputs of research, publications, and public engagement. For more details of our projects and research interests see the webpages of our research groups and centres.

Our work sits within three research groups, including:

Our Research Excellence Framework 2014 results demonstrate an increased level of 3* and 4* activity across the School and we are now well-positioned to consolidate our School’s international reputation for producing world-leading, high-impact research.

Our future plans include strengthening our external partnerships, enhancing our interdisciplinary research, continuing to secure external funding and increasing our impact activities through hosting conferences and symposia.

Housed within an atmospheric former convent building, designed by renowned architect John Foster.

Based within the John Foster Building, the School of Humanities and Social Science has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas.

Aldham Robarts Library

Across the newly-landscaped garden behind the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support the study of humanities and social science.

Special collections and archives

In partnership with Liverpool John Moores University Library Services, the School of Humanities and Social Science have made significant investments in a range of Special Collections and Archives, including the Willy Russell Archive, and Punch and the Victorian Periodical Press Collection. These form part of the wealth of resources available to both our undergraduates and our postgraduates.

Contact details

John Foster Building
80-98 Mount Pleasant
L3 5UZ
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