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The Faculty consists of 9 departments with national and international reputations. Use the links below to visit individual department websites.

Educational Research

Paul AshwinHead of Department: Dr Paul Ashwin
Location: County South


The Department of Educational Research conduct theoretically-informed, methodologically rigorous and socially relevant research into education. Our three Research Centres – in the areas of Higher Education, Technology-Enhanced Learning, and Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education – are internationally recognised for the excellence and originality of their research. They offer world leading PhD programmes that are specifically designed to support students undertaking research in their areas of expertise. We are rated in the top 150 Education Departments worldwide in the QS World University rankings in 2013.


English and Creative Writing

Photo of Sally BushellHead of Department: Professor Sally Bushell
Location: County Main


The Department of English and Creative Writing brings together both scholars who publish in all areas of literary studies from the early modern to the twenty-first century and the novelists and poets of the Lancaster Writing Programme, one of the biggest creative writing programmes in the country.  Our distinguished staff, together with the high calibre of our students, ensure a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.  We are currently placed in the top 15 departments of English in the United Kingdom, according to all major league tables.


European Languages and Cultures

Birgit SmithHead of Department: Dr Birgit Smith
Location: Bowland North


The Department of European Languages and Cultures conducts research into the languages and cultures of France and the French- speaking world, Austria and Germany, of the Spanish State, and of Spanish America. We collaborate actively with other departments and research centres at Lancaster University, for example the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, the African Studies Group and the Latin American Research Cluster which reflect a collective interest in the phenomenon of interculturality. Some of our researchers focus on a specific linguistically and culturally defined area, others explore the interactions and relationships between cultures from Africa, the Americas, and Europe.



Andrew JotishchkyHead of Department: Professor Andrew Jotischky
Location: Bowland College

The Department of History offers a friendly environment, aiming to encourage undergraduate students to achieve their fullest academic potential. Its postgraduate programmes provide research training in political, social and cultural history, and individual supervision at both the MA and PhD levels ranges across the medieval, early modern, and modern periods. Its academic staff is actively involved in fostering the faculty's interdisciplinary culture.


Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (Art, Design, Film and Theatre)

Martyn EvansHead of Department: Dr Martyn Evans
Location: LICA Building


Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) encompasses Lancaster’s teaching and research activities in ArtDesignFilm and Theatre. LICA's multi-disciplinary 2008 Research Assessment Exercise placed our research in the UK’s top 3 with 80% of its research classed as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading. With support from the Arts Council England the Institute houses Lancaster’s unified public arts organisation Live at LICA 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

Alisdair GillespieHead of Department: Professor Alisdair Gillespie
Location: Bowland North


The Lancaster Law School has a thriving postgraduate programme in Law and in Criminology. The approach to Law is principally characterised by multidisciplinarity and studies law as a social phenomenon, and in a manner which is theoretically informed and practically relevant. Studies in Criminology represent theoretically innovative work and applied, policy-oriented work with a focus on informing practice. Staff within the Law School believe in the need to address law and criminology in the light of European and international developments and combine these concerns with a learning environment where postgraduates and academic staff can work in an informal atmosphere conducive to open debate. The Law School runs a regular Research Seminar Programme to which outside speakers are invited and work-in-progress papers are given by staff and postgraduate members. Postgraduate students also run their own Colloquium at which they can present current research ideas and findings to their peers.


Linguistics and English Language

Photo of Greg MyersHead of Department: Professor Greg Myers
County South


The Department is the largest of its kind in the UK, with a full-time lecturing staff of 33, several research associates and a strong community of around 150 PhD students. We have a thriving research environment organised around 4 research clusters and 10 research groups. 85% of the Department’s research activity was classed as internationally recognised and 20% was judged world leading in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).


Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR)

Patrick BishopHead of Department:Dr Patrick Bishop
Location: County South


The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) is an interdisciplinary unit and is the only department of its kind in the United Kingdom. Combining the former departments of Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, PPR has over 40 academic staff producing internationally recognised research on a broad range of topics and offering a wide array of undergraduate, Masters, MPhil and PhD programmes. PPR, with its excellent reputation for teaching and research, is a uniquely exciting and interdisciplinary environment in which to learn, research and study



Bron SzerszynskiHead of Department: Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski
Location: Bowland North


Lancaster Sociology is renowned for its creative and ground-breaking research. The Department has played a key role in shaping the discipline of Sociology, In 2014 we ranked 3rd in the UK (The Guardian) and 26th top Department for Sociology on the planet (QS World University Rankings). The Department now offers undergraduate degrees in Media & Cultural Studies, Sociology, and Social Work. We offer Masters degrees in Environment, Culture and Society, Gender and Women’s Studies, Media & Cultural Studies, Sociology and Sociological Research, Social Work, Advanced Social Work and an MRes in Child Welfare. Our Social Work programmes have been endorsed by The College of Social Work and has met the social work professional quality criteria. At PhD level we are opening up new topics and research agendas in the fields of Sociology, Science and Technology studies, Gender and Women’s studies, Media & Cultural studies, Social Anthropology, Social Work and Disability Studies. Lancaster Sociology is an excellent place to study or undertake research with its challenging courses and an intense and exciting research environment for research students, researchers and visiting scholars.


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