Teaching and learning

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a strong team of staff whose qualifications, experience and skills underpin all our work. We have a good record of research, which benefits teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of our staff have interests of national and international importance, such as advising government and undertaking economic consultancy.

How many hours per week will I be studying?

The amount of time you will spend in classes will vary depending on course. You will also be required to complete coursework and carry out private study. You should expect to spend a substantial part of that private study time in the  Learning Resource Centre (Library).

"The amount of lectures/tutorials is just right; it allows you to use your own initiative and work outside of lecture hours and gives you the freedom to take part in many University activities."

National Student Survey

How will I be taught and assessed?

There are over 100 full-time academic members of staff in the Faculty and around 70 visiting academics, research assistants and research students. Most academics in the Faculty are research-active and this informs their teaching at undergraduate level.

Each field is supported by an administrator who will assist you in putting together your programme of studies at the start of the academic year.

The modular degree scheme is based on credit accumulation. You will be assessed on the modules you have taken at the end of each semester. Assessment methods vary between courses, but most modules are assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework.

What help is available during my course?

Should you experience any problems or difficulties you should always talk to someone. At the start of your degree you will be allocated an academic advisor, who will be there to advise you on academic matters related to your courses and will also try to help with any other problems you might encounter. You can also get advice on academic matters from your module and field leaders.

Non-academic matters may affect your studies and the Faculty Pastoral Officer (Michael Chapman) is able to provide support to students who need personal guidance. There is also a range of  University Support Services (accommodation, careers etc.) available to all students.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

An important aspect of first year tuition is Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), in which second and third year students are trained to help in tutorials for first year students.

Can I learn a language?

All full-time Arts and Social Sciences students can study a language through the Kingston Language Scheme (KLS). Students can also take part in the scheme if they are part-time students and able to attend classes during the day.

A KLS module counts towards your degree the same as every other module at the relevant level. The scheme focuses on language skills but you will also be introduced to the culture of the relevant country.

Are there opportunities to go abroad?

Students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have opportunities to study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States as part of the Study Abroad scheme, or at over 25 universities in Europe, including France, Germany and Turkey under the Erasmus exchange programme.

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