Reputation and rankings
Lancaster’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is home to over 20 disciplines, with many placing in the top 10 in the major UK league tables and top 100 in the world rankings.
The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year
Three subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are ranked no. 1 in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019: Creative Writing, Criminology and German. 12 other Arts and Social Sciences subjects are ranked in the top ten. French and Iberian Languages (Spanish) are placed 2nd: Art & Design, Linguistics and Sociology are placed 3rd; Communications & Media (including Film) and Social Work are placed 4th; Theatre is joint 5th; History 6th; Politics 7th; English 8th;, and Religious Studies 9th.
Lancaster is ranked 6th in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, having achieved the accolade of being named University of the Year in 2018.
QS World Rankings by Subject
Three departments in the Faculty have subjects in the world top 50 making a total of five in the top 100, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Linguistics rank 15th, Religious Studies 34th and Sociology 46th. Art and Design and English Language and Literature are also in the top 100 , while Arts and Humanities overall at Lancaster continues to go from strength to strength and has risen higher in the rankings to number 100.
Times Higher Education World Rankings
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is among the best in the world, with 4 subject areas featuring in the top 100 in the 2017-18 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
Education - Ranked #54
Arts and Humanities – Ranked #55
Social Sciences - Ranked #73
Law - Ranked #82
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), a number of subjects are ranked in the top ten in the UK:
Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies (PPR) (submitted to Theology and Religious Studies) was 3rd overall on actual grade point average (GPA), including an outstanding 1st on Impact and 2nd on Environment. It was also ranked 1st overall on intensity-weighted GPA. Sociology was 4th overall in actual GPA, 2nd on Impact, 6th on Outputs and 6th on Environment. It too was ranked 1st overall on intensity-weighted GPA. English, Creative Writing, Linguistics and European Languages and Cultures gained a 3rd on Environment and 7th on Impact. Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts - 7th on Environment and 7th on high intensity-weighted ranking. Education Research - 6th on high intensity-weighted ranking.
The Complete University Guide
2nd in the UK for Social Work and Creative Writing
Lancaster University continued its consistent top ten performance in the 2019 ranking, rising to 8th in the UK. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has many subjects in the top ten including 2nd for Social Work and 2nd for Creative Writing, 5th for Art and Design, 7th for Communication and Media Studies (which includes Film), 8th for Drama, Dance and Cinematics (which includes Theatre), 9th for English, 9th for French, 8th for German, 8th for History, 6th for Linguistics, and 5th for Theology and Religious Studies. All other FASS subjects are in the UK top 20 with Iberian Languages at 12th (which includes Spanish), Philosophy at 11th, Law at 20th and Sociology at 17th.
#1 in the UK for Social Work
Lancaster University has continued its consistent top ten performance in 2019, ranking 9th in the UK. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has several subjects in the top ten including Social Work in 1st place, Religious Studies which is ranked 5th and History 7th. Also in the top ten are Criminology 8th, Media and Film Studies 9th, and Art (which includes Design) which is placed 10th. Two subjects take the #1 position for “Career after 6 months”: English and Creative Writing, and Law (joint 1st).