College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

We offer contemporary and relevant programmes across a range of sectors including Architecture, Design, Media, Journalism, Performing Arts, History, English, Business, Education, Law and Social Sciences.


People are at the heart of what we do – from exploring the roots of society and how we interact as individuals, to developing socially responsible business leaders, inspiring artists and globally driven architects.

We use curiosity, critical thinking, and creative methodologies to challenge preconceptions and forge new understandings of who we were, who we are, and who we can be. We want to inspire you in your pursuit of success and support you to build your skills in preparation for your future.

Under the guidance of our expert team, we’ll give you opportunities to work with leading professionals and provide access to industry-standard facilities and dedicated learning spaces. Employability is key and working collaboratively with partner organisations and businesses we’ll encourage you to gain real life experience, and teach leadership that empowers you to be ambitious, to challenge, and to innovate.

Flexible Learning

Short Courses and Professional Development

Our suite of flexible programmes include specialist short courses, online Master's degrees, and work-based learning and professional development programmes. These are currently available across the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, in areas such as management, languages, education, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

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Arts Foundation Year

Our Arts Foundation Year provides an alternative entry route into some of our creative degree-level programmes. As the first of a four-year learning journey, it suits students who are unsure of their creative direction, need time to adjust to degree-level study, or do not meet the standard entry requirements, opening up an exciting world of opportunities in a range of subjects.

Arts Foundation Year
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Specialist Facilities

We’ve invested around £400 million in our Brayford Pool Campus over the last two decades to create the best possible learning environment and a strong foundation to help you achieve your goals. No matter which course you choose, we aim to provide you with high-quality facilities and the latest equipment.

Our Research

Delivering research with impact is a key objective and an intrinsic part of the 51app's College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Working across disciplines, our research covers a broad range of topics and utilises a wide variety of methodologies and approaches that foster regional, national, and international collaborations and partnerships.

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Visit Us

The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at 51app is to visit us at one of our on-campus events. Exploring our campus and city for yourself will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

Open Days and Visits
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