Humanities at Northumbria is composed of three subject teams: History, Literature & Creative Writing, and English Language & Linguistics, and is also developing strengths in the fields of American Studies and Heritage Studies.

The Humanities department is made up of a community of learners all the way through from first year undergraduate to final year PhD level. All Humanities staff are engaged in research and actively create the knowledge that is taught in the department. Many staff are well-known figures in their own research fields and the department boasts a significant number of staff at professorial level.

  • Our Creative Writing courses are ranked 20th in the Complete University Guide 2017.

  • Northumbria’s Humanities department works with a range of cultural partners including New Writing North, the co-operative movement, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums and Shandy Hall, providing students with direct industry exposure and live project opportunities.
  • Northumbria is part of the UK’s only Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Heritage, led by Hull and consisting of a consortium of universities in the North of England. CDTs are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • The Humanities department has grown rapidly in recent years, with the appointment of over forty new staff since 2008 across the full range of our subjects, including a significant investment in our American Studies provision.
  • There are a number of exciting research projects currently running in the department, funded by major councils or charities. Significant projects include ‘Fashionable Diseases in the Eighteenth Century’, and a project exploring British and German expatriate networks in Asia.