Reputation and rankings

Lancaster’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is consistently ranked among the world’s leading Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences faculties and is home to over 20 disciplines, many ranking in the top 10 in the UK.

QS World Rankings by Subject

Three departments have subjects in the world top 50 making a total of five in the top 100, according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Linguistics rank 19th, 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 have stepped up six places to 110 in the world.

Times Higher Education

58th for Arts & Humanities and 91st for Social Sciences in the World

The Faculty was ranked 58th for Arts & Humanities in the World and 91st for Social Sciences in the 2016-17 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.


REF 2014

Top 10

‌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

1st for Dance, Drama and Cinematics (which includes Theatre and Film) and 2nd for Social Work.

Lancaster University continued it’s consistent top ten performance in 2018, ranking 9th in the UK.  The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has nine subjects in the top ten including 1st for Theatre and Film.  Lancaster is 2nd for Social Work, 4th for Creative Writing, 5th for Communication and Media Studies, 6th for Religious Studies, 8th for German, 8th for Linguistics, and 10th for Politics.  A further eight subjects are in the top 20 including Italian, Philosophy, History, Art, Design, English, French, and Spanish (Iberian Studies).



The Guardian

Top 10

Lancaster University was ranked 8th nationally, 4th for Sociology, 5th for Drama and Dance, 7th for History, 10th for Religious Studies and Theology, 11th for Media and Film and 13th for Modern Languages & Linguistics by the Guardian University Guide 2017.



The Times

1st for Communication and Media Studies

The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 ranked Lancaster University joint 11th nationally and first in the Northwest. Communication and Media Studies was ranked 1st, Social Work 2nd, Linguistics 4th, Creative Writing 4th, Sociology 5th, French 6th, Iberian Languages 6th, Philosophy 7th, Art and Design 7th, Drama Dance & Cinematics 10th and English 13th in the subject guides.