Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


UCL Social & Historical Sciences

Social & Historical Sciences at UCL is intellectually diverse and widely regarded as world leading, with the 2022 Times Higher World University Rankings placing our social sciences 13th in the world and our arts and humanities disciplines 5th.

We are a large and vibrant community of academics and students working in eight departments and institutes: the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, History of Art and Political Science, and the Institutes of the Americas, Archaeology and Advanced Studies. Our interests span the globe, as we seek to understand the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental processes that have shaped the world over time.

Covid 19 / Coronavirus

Every word that one might use to describe our current global predicament seems profoundly inadequate: unprecedented, extraordinary, bizarre, disturbing, shocking... We are all reeling from the sudden abolition of our everyday, taken-for-granted ways of life. Our daily routines have been cancelled, our working practices radically transformed, our face-to-face social connections ruptured. The emotional dynamics of these changes are reverberating through each of us as individuals and in our interactions with each other, at work and in our personal lives. (read more...)

These are our new realities, and we are adapting to them with resilience and resourcefulness. Amazing work is being done across the Faculty. Students have been being taught, lectures, seminars, one-to-one supervisions, and pastoral care delivered in ways for which very few of us were trained. Departments are being administered from living rooms, box rooms and dining tables. And much more... The wheels are still turning, and the Faculty is still running. This is an amazing collective achievement, one for which no risk register or business continuity plan prepared us. (read more...)

We are working closely with the wider UCL community to coordinate the provision of information and support. Please use the links below to access the information you need.

Professor Sasha Roseneil, Dean Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

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Programmes of Study

From Archaeology and Geography to Economics and the History of Art. You can choose programmes of study from one of our eight departments.  

Sasha Roseneil, Dean of Social & Historical Sciences

Dean's Welcome

You will be studying alongside some of the world's best researchers. Find out more about our world-class Faculty. 

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Open Days & Virtual Fairs

Join us at an Open Day to find out more about your study options and life at UCL. 

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News & Events

From the Festival of Culture to our Inaugural Lecture Series, find out what's happening in the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences.