Arts and humanities

Arts and humanities

  • The Faculty of Divinity building
    The Faculty of Divinity building

The School of Arts and Humanities is concerned with the study of human culture, exploring, informing and enriching how we live. The School encompasses music, English, architecture, the history of art, philosophy, religion, classical antiquity, the study of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and modern and medieval languages. Alumni include Christopher Marlowe, Mary Beard, Bertrand Russell, Sylvia Plath, CS Lewis, Alan Bennett, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Zadie Smith, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Iris Murdoch.

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Opportunities in 'Arts and humanities'

Anglo Saxon brooch after conservation
The fields of study covered by the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC) are: Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia in the Viking Age, the Brittonic-speaking peoples (Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Pictish Kingdoms and northern British Kingdoms) and the Gaelic-speaking peoples (Ireland, the Isle of Man and western Scotland).
Architecture studio - image by David Butlerq
At a time when the national and international media regularly examine issues pertaining to the nature and habitability of our cities, and buildings veer between sculptural extravagance and environmental responsibility, there is a need for serious, committed and imaginative designers and thinkers in the discipline.
Bicycles outside the entrance to the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Cambridge has a long and distinctive tradition in the study of the Middle East and Asia.
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The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) supports, promotes, and conducts interdisciplinary research. Located at the heart of Cambridge’s humanities campus, the Centre's research programmes produces over 300 events a year.
Martin Rees, co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics
An existential risk is one that threatens the existence of our entire species. The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) — a joint initiative between a philosopher, a scientist, and a software entrepreneur — was founded on the conviction that these risks require a great deal more scientific investigation than they presently receive.
Faculty of Classics
The Faculty of Classics is committed to advancing research and teaching in all aspects of Classical culture and its reception at the very highest level, it is the intellectual home of some of the best-known Classicists, and of an increasingly diverse body of outstanding graduate students and exceptionally talented undergraduates.
Faculty of Divinity
The Faculty of Divinity is an international centre of excellence for the research and study of theology, biblical studies, religious studies, and the philosophy of religion and ethics.
A student in front of the Faculty of English
The Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, is an international centre of excellence for the study, teaching and research in literature and literary criticism. The Faculty was founded in 1919 and has since been home to some of the most eminent critics, scholars, teachers and writers of English literature in the world.
Detail from a painting by Nicolas Poussin
The Department of History of Art at Cambridge began life in 1970 and the present History of Art undergraduate degree dates from that time.
Language centre plaque
The Language Centre supports the teaching and learning of languages throughout the University. The Centre seeks to increase multilingualism amongst students and staff of the University; promoting, encouraging and supporting the learning of languages for personal, academic and professional purposes.
Linguistics is a central part of the study of many language disciplines
The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is the home of language and linguistics teaching and research at the University of Cambridge.
West Road Concert Hall and Faculty of Music sign
The Faculty of Music lies at the heart of a vast network of musical study, research and practice at Cambridge.
Faculty of Philosophy library book drop
The Faculty of Philosophy boasts more than 30 academic philosophers as well as approximately 150 undergraduates and 50 graduate students. The Faculty has a strong focus on research related to metaphysics, logic and language, philosophy of mind, ethics, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, political philosophy and Kant.

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The University of Cambridge consists of over 100 departments, faculties, schools and institutes which house research and teaching communities. In addition, strategic research initiatives and networks build on areas of existing research strength by bringing together a critical mass of expertise from across the academic community.