Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Exploring human culture and societies: public and private, past and present, real and imagined
What we offer
About the Faculty
The four departments of the Faculty offer courses and undertake research in a wide range of subjects - languages, criminology, journalism, education, sociology and politics, among others - covering undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation levels of study. Our research centres explore various themes in these subjects, which informs the teaching and supervision of our students. We are also committed to engagement with the world beyond the university, ensuring that our students have employability embedded as a theme in their courses and that our academic staff members are supported in seeking knowledge transfer and consultancy activities with public and private enterprise.
News: Eddie Izzard urges students to have EU say
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard made an impassioned plea for young people to have their say on the future of Europe in an EU Referendum debate at the University of Portsmouth last night.
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
ICJS provides a comprehensive package of criminal justice programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level for both campus-based and distance learning students and is a leading national and international centre for research and course provision in criminology, criminal justice and police studies. The Institute also delivers a highly successful taught doctorate programme, and the full-cost Probation training programme delivered in partnership with Probation Trusts covering five different regions across the country, making it the leading provider of such provision nationally.
School of Education and Continuing Studies
SECS offers a growing range of courses in Childhood and Youth Studies. It also offers initial teacher training (ITT), programmes in early years and childhood studies, and part-time courses for those working in the education sector. The School works in partnership with many local schools and colleges, and is regulated by external requirements and a stringent inspection regime. SECS is also responsible for separately funded contract work with the The National College for Teaching and Leadership.
School of Languages and Area Studies
SLAS is one of the largest departments of its kind in the country, teaching languages and associated area studies, alongside programmes in American Studies, European Studies and International Development Studies. The School welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate students, with significant numbers of International and EU students as well as home students. SLAS also delivers languages to non-specialists through the Institution-Wide Languages Programme, and support in academic English to international students across the University via the English for Academic Purposes programme.
School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
SSHLS is a large, multi-disciplinary School with course provision spanning English Literature, History, Journalism, Politics, International Relations and Sociology, which has a well-deserved reputation for providing a supportive and student-focused learning environment. Over 1,300 full-time undergraduate students are enrolled, many of whom are on combined honours programmes. In recent years, the School has experienced significant growth in student numbers, both as a result of introducing new programmes and because of the continuing popularity of its more established curriculum areas.