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We offer degrees in philosophy, art history and curating. You can study these areas separately and combined with each other and a wide variety subjects including politics, sociology, law, history, languages and literature. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities is also based in our School and offers degrees in American (US) Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Studies and Liberal Arts.
We have an excellent record for student satisfaction and strong research expertise in phenomenology, critical theory, medical humanities and classical German philosophy, as well as renaissance studies, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, modern and contemporary art, curatorial studies and art from Latin America.
Our interdisciplinary degrees span a range of subject areas such as politics, literature, history and sociology. This enables students to tackle contemporary problems from a range of persepctives and to think beyond artificial intellectual barriers.
Why study with us?
• Top 20 for philosophy research departments in the UK (REF 2014) and a leading centre for continental philosophy
• Top 10 for art history research departments in the UK (REF 2014)
• 95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015
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