UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


About us

UCL Arts & Humanities, ranked sixth in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 by subject, is recognised globally for both its teaching and research excellence.

Since UCL’s establishment in 1826, the arts and humanities have been foundational to the university’s ethos. With the first academic chairs in English, German, Greek, Hebrew & Jewish Studies, Italian, Latin, Philosophy, and Spanish created between 1826 and 1828, we shaped and continue to cultivate the landscape of higher education in the UK. 
Our Faculty is a collection of ten departments and is recognised globally for its excellence across teaching, research excellence and impact. Currently ranked sixth in the world for arts and humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024), the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) saw UCL’s Main Panel D submission for arts and humanities subjects positioned sixth in the UK for Research Power. In scope, we range from fine art to area studies to digital humanities and offer an unparalleled wealth in languages, cultures and societies.
With our 200-year heritage of world-leading, transformative education and research, UCL Arts & Humanities is committed to championing diverse communities, encouraging creative and critical thinkers that will foster new constellations of humanities, social sciences, and science for generations to come. 

Together, we showcase how the arts and humanities make life worth living.