The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast
A Community of Scholars
We are a busy, multidisciplinary community of learners, dedicated to using the wide range of subjects on the arts and humanities to make a difference in lives locally, nationally and internationally.
We are home to some 7600 students and 700 academic and support staff who work in five Schools – Arts, English and Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Law, Management, and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work – and a Global Research Institute, the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.
World Class Facilities
Our work takes place in an attractive and well-connected estate in the heart of the vibrant city of Belfast, with world class facilities including:
- School of Law – a state of the art new building with innovative teaching spaces including an interactive Moot Court and a One-Button Studio for students to hone advocacy and presentation skills.
- Bloomberg Trading Room - students have access to the Bloomberg professional service, and to Oxyor, a trading simulation, which puts them in a dealing room hot seat.
- Sonic Arts Research Laboratory – world’s only ‘auditory equivalent of an IMAX cinema' with 48 loudspeakers in a specialist acoustic space and recording studio. The centre also has two 8-channel surround sound studios and 3 stereo studios.
- Brian Friel Theatre - a 120 seat studio theatre, rehearsal room, dressing rooms, green room and workshop.
- Film Studio - a new facility that boasts a broadcast approved LED lighting system with custom made Doughty hoists. Adjacent film, television editing and grading suites are all connected with a fiber network.
- Queen’s Film Theatre - a two screen cinema with a combined seating of over 300.
- Harty Room Concert Hall - a hammer-beam vaulted roof and warm acoustic space, seating 120, with two full-concert Steinway grand pianos, a double-manual harpsichord, fortepiano, chamber organ and many percussion instruments.
Summer School Programmes:
The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a global leader that brings around 70 researchers from all parts of the Faculty, and wider University, to address some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Similarly networked across the Faculty and University is our agenda-setting Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation seeks to find innovative solutions to key societal challenges, using robust evidence to make a difference to the lives of children and their families and communities. The Seamus Heaney Centre is a vital and creative home for writers of poetry and for the stage and screen. We are members of AHRC and ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships and home to a Nuffield-funded Q-Step initiative, supporting innovation in teaching and research of quantitative research methods.
A Commitment to Excellence
Across these initiatives and more we are proud of the work of our students and staff, which has been recognised by many others for its quality: Modern Languages was third and Education fourth in the UK for research intensity in REF 2014. Queen’s lecturers are respected academic leaders in their fields, working with well-qualified and enthusiastic students to grow knowledge and understanding of pressing social and cultural questions and problems.
With a huge range of postgraduate programmes on offer, as well as a vibrant postgraduate research culture, we are sure you will find opportunities to both challenge and inspire you, as well as equipping you with the first-class skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen career.
If you’ve any questions on joining the Faculty we’d love to help – get in touch with the team on Emails / +44 (0)28 9097 2558.
Amy Burtney - International Politics and Conflict
Amy graduated with a First Class Honours degree in International Politics and Conflict Studies and is now studying towards an MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security.
Why did you choose to study at Queen’s?
After attending the open day I felt like Queen’s was somewhere I could enjoy studying and socialising. I loved the campus, the old buildings along with the new and the general vibe from students and staff I met. After that I found that the International Politics and Conflict Studies course combined two areas I was keen to study, and it was a course no other universities were offering.
What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?
The international aspect of my course was what first attracted me to it, and what I most enjoyed. My modules allowed me to study the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and as a result my lectures were never the same. Not being bound to studying one area made my course challenging as I was studying countries and issues I had never encountered before.
What skills/abilities has your study with Queen’s equipped you with?
My confidence in my own ability has grown hugely. Articulating my own ideas in front of others and being able to defend them, in tutorials and discussions, has allowed me to become more assured in my ability to rise to challenges.
Did you get involved with any opportunities outside of your academic programme?
I studied abroad in my first semester of my final year in 2014 in Kingston, Ontario. I studied modules which generally applied to my field of study, but was also given the choice of studying some film, French and anthropology. The entire experience was one of the best of my life. The academic challenge was difficult at first, but the support for international students was first class and this helped me manage my workload. I was able to travel to other parts of Canada and made friends, both Canadian and international, who I have remained in contact with since. The whole experience was a lesson in rising to challenges and trying new things and I couldn’t recommend the programme highly enough!
How did your degree help you to enter the field of work or study you are now in?
Following graduating with a First Class Honours, I was offered a bursary to study a Postgraduate Taught degree here at Queen’s. The knowledge I built up during my undergraduate has definitely been helpful in my postgraduate. However, more helpful have been the skills I acquired during my undergraduate – critical analysis, creative thinking, structuring my arguments well. My undergraduate has been a significant starting point as I study at a higher level.
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Queen’s University Belfast
71 Uni Road
Belfast BT7 1NN
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 2558