The Faculty consists of nine departments with national and international reputations and it is also home to Lancaster Arts which is a major provider of professional arts activity, public performances and exhibitions for the campus, the city and the region. Use the links below to visit individual department websites.

Educational Research

‌Head of Department: Professor Paul Ashwin
Location: County South

The Department of Educational Research is an internationally leading centre for methodologically rigorous and socially relevant research into education.  Our outstanding reputation for research and teaching has been recognised through our position in the top 150 institutions globally for Education in the 2015 QS World University rankings.  We offer world-leading PhD programmes together with our three acclaimed Research Centres, in the areas of Higher Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, and Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education.

English and Creative Writing

Head of Department: Professor Sally Bushell
Location: County Main

The Department of English and Creative Writing has an excellent reputation for teaching and research, informed by award-winning writing and outstanding scholarship from a host of professors and authors including famous literary critic Terry Eagleton and celebrated poet Paul Muldoon.  We have one of the longest established creative writing schools in the UK, and our high standing is reflected in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where we were judged as top three in the UK for research power. 

European Languages and Cultures

Head of Department: Dr Birgit Smith
Location: Bowland North

The Department of European Languages and Cultures provides pioneering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in multidisciplinary language and cultural studies, ranked joint 4th in the UK for languages graduate employability in the Guardian University Guide 2015.  Our work encompasses research and teaching in the languages and cultures of France and the French-speaking world, Germany and Austria, the Spanish State, and Spanish America, as well as a host of comparatist literary and cultural research themes.  Our high standing is reflected in Lancaster’s success in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where our work contributed in both literary and linguistic fields as well as in film and theatre studies.


Head of Department: Professor Michael Hughes
Location: Bowland College

The Department of History enjoys a thriving research culture, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF 2014.  We were proud to receive a perfect 100% score for our world-leading research environment.  Our teaching embraces political, religious, cultural and socio-economic history, and often has an innovative cross-disciplinary emphasis.  We teach highly-regarded courses in the ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern periods, and we are particularly proud of our leading contribution to the history of the North West.


Head of Department: Frank Dawes
Location: LICA Building

The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts is a world-leading arts centre, ranked 7th in the UK (REF 2014) for Research Intensity, encompassing Art, Design, Film and Theatre.  The Research Excellence Framework 2014 gave us a perfect 100% score for our interdisciplinary research environment, and highlighted us as a global leader for research in Art and Design, grading 82% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent.  With support from the Arts Council England we house the public arts organisation Lancaster Arts, which contributes to research in performance and practice in the contemporary arts through the Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Lancaster International Concerts Series.

Law School

Head of Department: Professor Alisdair Gillespie
Location: Bowland North

The Lancaster Law School offers an exciting and challenging environment in which to study programmes in Law and Criminology.  All of our staff are active researchers and all of our research staff teach, meaning our students are taught by leading researchers in their field.  The Law School is known for its inter-disciplinary research into a wide range of legal, socio-legal and criminological issues.  We engage in practically relevant research that has an effect on society and public policy beyond academia, such as informing and stimulating practitioner debate by our research findings and influencing the work of NGOs or commercial organisations.

Linguistics and English Language

Head of Department: Professor Elena Semino
County South

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster is one of the top ten places to study language in the world, recognised by the QS World University Rankings 2014.  The largest department of its kind in the UK with a full time lecturing staff of 33, we have a state-of-the-art phonetics laboratory, cutting edge equipment used in eye-tracking and EEG studies and qualitative research.  The University Library's linguistics holdings are among England's best and we have a thriving research environment organised around ten research groups.

Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR)

Head of Department: Dr Patrick Bishop
Location: County South

The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion is an interdisciplinary unit and is one of only two departments of its kind in the world.  This reflects our commitment to the pursuit of excellence within distinct disciplinary fields whilst developing research activities which address contemporary global issues connecting politics, philosophy and religion.  We have over 40 academic staff producing world-class research on a broad range of topics, recognised in the REF 2014, where we came top in the UK for the real-world impact of our research in Theology and Religious Studies.


Head of Department: Professor Corinne May-Chahal
Location: Bowland North

The Sociology Department is globally recognised for excellence, being placed third in the UK for world-class research in the REF 2014, and 26th globally in the most recent QS World Rankings.  We encourage critical and active engagement with contemporary real-world problems, and have particular research strengths in mobilities, energy, the environment, violence, safeguarding and care technologies, STS, migration, inequalities and cultural political economy.  We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sociology, media & cultural studies, social work and gender & women’s studies.

Lancaster Arts

Director: Jamie Eastman
Location: Great Hall

Lancaster Arts is Lancaster University’s centre for the presentation, production and preservation of the contemporary arts. It presents a rich spectrum of art-centric activity including exhibitions and performance events; whilst supporting opportunities for artists and creative approaches to knowledge exchange within public programmes.  It also stewards a growing art collection. Lancaster Arts' mission is to support the many practices of art in the 21st Century and its social, cultural, educational and economic impact.