The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is internationally recognised in the fields of human cultures, beliefs, institutions and languages. Our ambition is to position the Arts at the core of the University’s mission and at the forefront of its international reputation. Attracting the best research and teaching talent, we aim to set the agenda both in terms of our research and the educational environment we offer. Our objective is to give students the highest quality educational experience, where they are taught and guided by inspiring academics and highly sought after by employers.
The School has seventeen different disciplinary areas: Archaeology, Art History & Visual Studies, Classics & Ancient History, Drama, East Asian Studies, English, American Studies & Creative Writing, French Studies, German Studies, Linguistics & English Language, History, Italian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Religions & Theology, Russian & East European Studies, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, and Translation & Intercultural Studies, plus the University Language Centre which offers teaching in nearly 20 languages (ranging from Arabic to Urdu). We provide teaching to over 6,500 undergraduates and postgraduates, and employ around 350 academic staff, more than a dozen postdoctoral research fellows, and a large cohort of graduate teaching assistants, all supported by around 100 professional support services staff.
Teaching and research excellence
The School places great emphasis on teaching and learning, promoting teaching innovation and excellence. This effort and focus has seen our academic staff win prestigious awards both within the University and at a national level, year after year. Equally, the School views research as a top priority and is continuously judged to be of international standing in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
Social responsibility and engagement
We have a strong commitment to social responsibility and public engagement and we seek to create and develop knowledge that makes a difference both to those researching and studying in the School and in the wider world. We are engaged in a broad field of scholarship in arts, languages, and cultures and are committed to inter- and multi-disciplinary at all levels, from undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses to research.
Here in Manchester, we are extremely fortunate to be able to make full use of the University’s key cultural assets in our teaching and research: The University of Manchester Library, The Whitworth Art Gallery, the Race Relations Archive and The Manchester Museum. We also boast our own cultural assets including The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama and The Confucius Institute.
The School is one of six Schools within the Faculty of Humanities, which is itself one of four faculties within The University of Manchester. We encourage our students to take courses offered by the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning, which address themes and issues spanning the Arts and Sciences.
You will find us at the heart of the of the University’s campus, with the majority of our activities taking place in The Samuel Alexander Building, The Mansfield Cooper Building and The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama.