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  • The humanities include a broad range of subjects to do with the study of human culture, including archaeology, religious studies (theology), history, philosophy, literature and languages.
  • Specific subjects covered by humanities departments can vary from university to university.

Humanities in the UK

  • The huge number of art galleries, libraries, museums and other cultural institutions in the UK is a huge benefit to humanities students. 
  • The UK government supports the arts and humanities through the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Each year it offers about 700 new research awards and 1,500 postgraduate awards worth more than £60 million, in subjects including literature, languages, archaeology and philosophy. 
  • The UK is a world leader in digital research collections and students can access these huge online archives for free. 

Globally recognised universities

  • UK universities have an excellent global reputation for their Humanities programmes and the UK has a strong heritage in the subject area. 
  • Four UK universities currently feature in the top 20 global rankings for arts and humanities (THE World University rankings 2019). 
  • Many UK universities boast world-class libraries on their own campuses. 

Typical Humanities degrees

Kings students have progressed to a wide variety of degrees including:

  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy & Ethics/Sociology
  • History
  • Classical Studies and Comparative Literature and Culture

  • History of Art 
  • English Literature with Creative Writing 
  • English Literature 
  • Journalism Studies

Typical careers for Humanities graduates

The career outcomes are numerous for graduates of Humanities degrees. They offer great scope for:

  • teaching careers 
  • curative roles in art galleries or museums 
  • positions in not-for-profit agencies and charities 

The critical thinking required by a humanities degree, alongside strong communications skills, are often also closely matched to careers in the law.

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