Division of Arts and Humanities

The Division of Arts and Humanities is a thriving academic community which strives in innovative research and enriching student experiences across disciplines. Our work spans architecture and design, the creative arts, music and audio technology, languages and linguistics, history and archaeology, literature, philosophy and religion.

About us

Arts and Humanities at Kent is home to a wide range of subject areas and undergraduate and postgraduate students on a range of programmes across its various disciplines encompassing all aspects of cultural life. Our ambition: to prepare you to think critically, work creatively and succeed in a changing world.

Our schools and departments are:

With a broad portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered at the University's campuses in Canterbury and Medway, and at its Paris School of Arts and Culture, the Division provides a truly multidisciplinary community, crossing disciplinary, geographic and linguistic boundaries.

Director of Division: Professor Juliette Pattinson

Director of Operations: Amanda Ollier

Get in touch

To help us direct your query, please include your School/Department/Centre in the subject line of the email.

Student support: ArtsHumsSupport@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: study skills, welfare issues and queries about your studies. 

Employability and placements: ArtsHumsEmployability@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: career advice and guidance, CV and applications, interview preparation, job-hunting skills, and other questions about life after graduation. 

Student experience: ArtsHumsEngage@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: questions about Student Voice Forums, student representation, module evaluations, events and student feedback. 

UG and PGT course administration: ArtsHumsUGandPGT@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: questions about modules, your timetable, assessments and exams.

PGR course administration: ArtsHumsPGR@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: questions from students on MA by Research or PhD programmes, including supervision, reviews and exams. 

Admissions: Admissionskv@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: enquiries from prospective student, and applications to all courses. 

Portfolios: Portfolio@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: receiving and uploading portfolios that you are unable to upload to your Kent Vision portal for Architecture, Design, and Music.

IT and Technical services: ArtsHumsTech@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: IT support requests including email and software, IT in teaching spaces, and provision of computer hardware for staff. 

Technical facilities: ArtsHumsFacilities@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: questions about campus buildings, furniture and telephones. 

Research and innovation: ArtsHumsResearch@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: questions about external grant applications, current awards, REF and internal research funding.

Finance and resources: ArtsHumsFinance@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: timesheets, expenses, invoices, payments, budgets and business intelligence. 

Marketing and communications: ArtsHumsMarketing@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: communicating news within the University as well as external comms, including websites, social media and press. 

Human Resources: ArtsHumsHR@kent.ac.uk

We can help with: HR advice and guidance on HR policies and procedures, contracts and staff recruitment. 

Our subjects

Architecture and Design

Innovative and inspiring architecture and design programmes, studio-based teaching, professional links and excellent facilities.

Art History

Innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, with a growing reputation for research in art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies

Studying 'big antiquity' with a broad thematic remit, extending across ancient history, archaeology, Byzantium, classics, heritage and reception.

Comparative Literature

Encompassing literature from the classics to the modern age, and crossing traditional boundaries of national literature programmes.

Drama and Theatre

A vibrant and inclusive community of academics, practitioners and students, connected through a shared passion for theatre and performance.

Library of books


An inclusive and international School, researching medieval to contemporary literature and investigating links between creative and critical writing.

Film and Media

A community fascinated by visual culture in all its forms, exploring contemporary and digital cultures and cinema's rich scope and history.


A leading History department with particular strengths in the history of medicine, military history, medieval culture and socio-cultural history.

Language Centre

A wide range of world languages which can be studied for credit or as a co-curricular opportunity.

English Language and Linguistics

Exploring spoken and written language in all its complexity.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

An internationally-recognised interdisciplinary centre of excellence in medieval and early modern studies.

Modern Languages

A multidisciplinary approach and world-leading research in French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian.

Music and Audio Technology

Covering a broad range of themes, genres and disciplines including performance, audio technology and business.


An engaged research community exploring metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, the philosophy of science, medicine, and political philosophy.

Religious Studies

Leading research in biblical studies, Eastern and continental philosophy, and the sociology, anthropology and psychology of religion.


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