School of Humanities - overview

Our mission is to empower all our students to achieve excellence in their work and to produce a positive impact on the world around them.

The School of Humanities at Kingston University is committed to inspiring students in the classroom through example, passion, and practice. We are writers, scholars and communicators who are engaged with the local communities within which we live, and with international outreach projects. We fervently believe that critical and creative engagement and debate can bring change, and that change begins with each of us.

We believe that education is a fundamental social good, one that benefits both individual students and society as a whole. We believe that everyone should have an equal right to pursue cultural interests for their own sake. Our teaching is grounded in research excellence, professional practice and diversity, promoting participatory learning in a supportive environment, and providing experience that translates directly into employable skills. Situated on the River Thames, we take full advantage of our access to the unique multiplicity of Londonís great cultural heritage.

The School offers a range of subjects taught by a dynamic, talented, and engaged team of lecturers in areas such as Creative Writing, English, History, Journalism and Publishing, Languages and Linguistics and Philosophy.

While the emphasis in lectures and seminars is on face-to-face learning, courses are also offered with low-residency requirements, incorporating distance-learning as a major component. In addition, various short-courses and summer courses offer the flexibility to pursue a range of interests.

We are happy to welcome you to our classes to experience a taste of what it would be like to study at Kingston. We can also discuss your plans, advise you and put you in touch with current students.

No matter what course you choose, you will develop crucially important reflective skills, you will learn to question your assumptions and you will become better informed, enabled, and self-critical. We will equip you with the tools to continue a life-long process of education and critical reflection, essential for whatever field, business or enterprise you enter.


The School of Humanities provides a friendly and intellectually challenging environment in a wide range of disciplines. Please visit our departments for more information.

Creative Writing department

Creative Writing department

Offers students of all backgrounds the chance to study with our experienced teaching team, which includes award-winning published authors.

English Literature department

English department

The study of English at Kingston encourages students to take an active part within a supportive and academically stimulating environment.


History department

History at Kingston is about excellent and enjoyable learning and teaching. We are innovative, in how we teach and research and also in how we collaborate.

Journalism and Publishing

Journalism and Publishing department

Our courses provide you with a variety of traditional and new media skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in the media and publishing industries.

Linguistics and Languages

Languages and Linguistics department

Explores the fascinating workings of human language in everyday life.

School of Economics

Philosophy department (CRMEP)

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy is the leading centre for postgraduate level study and doctoral research in continental philosophy in the UK.

Andrew Teverson - Head of Humanities

Andrew Teverson

Head of Humanities
Professor of English Literature
Kingston University, London

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