Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

About us

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has played a key role in the success of Queen Mary University of London.

The Faculty has combined research excellence with a strong commitment to growth, innovation and diversity in its educational activities. Public engagement, partnerships, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the generation of research with broad and compelling public benefits have all been central to the Faculty’s success.

Our academic Schools work together effectively, generating excellent research, teaching and learning opportunities across the humanities and social sciences. Altogether, there are over 11,000 students and over 400 academic staff across the Faculty, with many inter-departmental links.

£158m annual turnover with research income of over £15.7m

Faculty highlights

The Faculty has an annual turnover of £158m with research income of over £15.7m.

In REF 2014, Drama and Linguistics were each ranked first in the UK, while English was ranked fifth. History was ranked fourth in the UK for environment, and eighth in the UK for impact. Across the Faculty more than 90 per cent of impact was judged to be of 4* or 3* quality.

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences is an ideas-generating hub for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. It hosts public events and enables inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary conversations, bringing together the expertise of some of the world’s finest scholars from within Queen Mary University of London and from outside.

The activity of the Institute is focused on a set of thematic programmes, working groups and themes. The Institute also oversees strategic funding streams and enables engagements between the 15 Research Centres, which are supported by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and led by members of our distinguished academic staff.

The Institute is home to a dynamic group of fellows (both junior and visiting senior) whose research interests align with the Faculty’s research programmes. It is a member of the Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Study.

PhD Training

Together with Kings College London and Imperial College, we are an accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The DTP funds over 50 students per year.

We are part of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), which has been training annual cohorts of PhD students since October 2019.

In 2017, we opened the Graduate Centre, a £39m seven-storey development housing the School of Economics and Finance, an impressive 200-seat lecture theatre, and numerous seminar rooms.