The Faculty of Humanities' strong performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 confirmed the world-class research conducted in our schools and centres.
'Music, drama and performing arts' at Kent was ranked 1st for research power. Both 'architecture' and 'history' ranked 8th for research intensity, closely followed by 'English language and literature', which ranked 10th. Our School of European Culture and Languages also excelled in several fields, with 'classics' ranking joint 2nd with Oxford for research impact and 'theology and religious studies' placed 3rd. Our 'modern languages and linguistics' submission was ranked 3rd for research quality.
The Faculty has achieved major successes in attracting funding for doctoral students. Through our participation in the Consortium for Humanities and Arts South East (CHASE), we have secured over £17 million from the Arts and Humanities' Research Council (AHRC) in order to enhance research training for doctoral students for the next two years. Within the Faculty, the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies has attracted funding for a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programme in Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME).
Our six schools have their own subject-specific research centres and the Faculty also has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research, all operating under the auspices of the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH). The Institute funds staff and postgraduate students' research, hosts interdisciplinary conferences and visiting scholars, co-ordinates lectures and other events, and establishes national and international links for all Kent postgraduates through its network with other institutes worldwide.
The six schools within the Faculty of Humanities are:
Students in the Faculty belong to a thriving intellectual environment. There are numerous research-dedicated activities every year, organised by staff and students. These include lectures and seminars by high-profile visiting speakers from the UK and abroad. In addition, each school organises research seminars where members of staff and postgraduates are able to present their work. The Faculty also offers skills development activities as well as a range of social events and activities.
Postgraduates can work together to put on international conferences with financial support from the schools and the Faculty. These activities often lead to academic publications. The schools in the Faculty also host several journals that have been set up by students, including Skepsi, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary online journal based in the School of European Culture and Languages, and Inscription, based in the School of English. Postgraduate taught students are also able to spend a term or longer, studying at our European centres in Paris and Rome.
The Faculty provides a variety of financial support opportunities for postgraduate students, including the AHRC Master's and Doctoral Awards, University scholarships, internationalisation support and funding for a language course for all taught and PhD students. See our postgraduate funding pages for more details.
Schools provide further support for research students during their studies. All schools offer a minimum of £500 for PhD students over three years. In addition, the Faculty operates a research fund for items such as specialised training, the presentation of papers at overseas conferences, or visits to overseas archives.