Faculty

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is a lively community of scholars and students exploring big ideas. Our academics are leaders in their fields, creating new knowledge and new forms of understanding. We are boldly creative and intellectually adventurous, combining time-tested traditions of scholarship with progressive new ways of thinking to tackle age-old questions, inform social change and enrich public debate.

We are one of the most academically energetic and socially engaged faculties of our kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and a national leader in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative and Performing Arts. Our scholarship deepens understanding of the diversity of human experience and challenges traditional ways of thinking about the world. By applying this new knowledge to some of the most urgent challenges of our time, our research makes a significant contribution to public debate and the formation of effective policy. Our researchers and our graduates are not afraid to get their hands dirty as they engage with the complexities of contemporary society.

Arts & Social Sciences attracts bright, imaginative, globally conscious students. We challenge them to think critically, to communicate with creativity and influence, and then to translate their knowledge and skills into exciting and unpredictable careers.

The opportunities for our students, and the achievements of our alumni, demonstrate our claim that Arts & Social Sciences truly offers a licence to explore.


Fast facts

Snapshot

  • one of the largest faculties of our kind in Australia and UNSW’s third largest faculty
  • celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2010
  • offer over 45 undergraduate degree programs, 27 postgraduate coursework programs and a breadth of study options not found in any other single faculty in the Group of Eight Universities
  • over 6,600 students are enrolled in our programs in 2016
  • over 54,000 alumni have graduated from our degrees
  • comprise of four teaching and research Schools and four specialist Research Centres

Rankings

World University Rankings 

  • 45th in the world - QS World University Rankings 2017
  • 78th in the world - Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2017
World Rankings by Subject Area
  • 22nd in the world for Social Sciences and Management - QS World University Rankings 2017
  • 36th in the world for Arts and Humanities - QS World University Rankings 2017 
  • 66th in the world for Social Science - Times Higher Education (THE) 2017
  • Other subject areas, including Anthropology, Development Studies, English Language & Literature, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Politics and Sociology all ranked in top 100 (2016)

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Research fields ranked well above world standard:

  • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • Historical Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Film Studies

Research fields ranked above world standard:

  • Education
  • Studies in Human Society
  • Language, Communication and Culture
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

Faculty structure

The Faculty is governed by the Faculty Executive, the Dean’s Advisory Committee, Faculty Board and portfolios which report to the Dean, including the Dean’s Unit, Faculty Research Office, Learning and Teaching.