Our Faculty

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences has a vibrant and diverse cross-section of academics, researchers, and students who come together to exchange knowledge and develop new ideas. Our academics are internationally recognised and leaders in their fields, creating new knowledge and new forms of understanding. We combine proven research and education approaches with progressive new ways of thinking to tackle pressing issues, inform social change, and enrich public debate.

We're one of the largest and most socially engaged faculties of our kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and a national leader in the humanities, social sciences, education and creative and performing arts. Our research and education deepen our 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.

We're home to some of Australia’s leading centres of teaching and research excellence and we have an impressive cohort of honours and postgraduate research students. We'll challenge you to think critically, to communicate with creativity and influence and then to translate your knowledge and skills into exciting and impactful careers.



  • UNSW ranked 40th in the world - QS World University Rankings 2020 
  • UNSW ranked 96th in the world - Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019 


  • Social Sciences & Management at UNSW is ranked 30th in the world
  • The subject area of Arts and Humanities is ranked in the top 50 in the world
  • Education is ranked in the top 100 in the world and top 10 in Australia
  • English Language and Literature is ranked 39th in the world and 3rd in Australia
  • History is ranked in the top 100 in the world and top 5 in Australia
  • Modern Languages is ranked in the top 100 in the world and 5th in Australia
  • Communication and Media studies is ranked 40th in the world and 5th in Australia
  • Politics is ranked in the top 100 in the world

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 

Benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the faculty’s research is among the best in the world. Year on year, UNSW’s standing among the leading research-intensive universities worldwide supports an innovative, creative and stimulating environment that enables the faculty’s research – and researchers – to flourish. 

A number of our research fields ranked above world standard including: 

  • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • Historical Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Education
  • Studies in Human Society
  • Language, Communication and Culture
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dean's Message

Professor David Blaazer Dean of Faculty

Studying in the arts and social sciences is transformative. It provides new and deeper understanding of human beings in all their dimensions, and profound insight into how we can make a genuinely positive impact on societies and communities. It will enrich the way you think and the way you see the world.

Our degree programs aim to be both flexible and rigorous, to enable students to pursue what is of interest to them while developing deeper knowledge of specific fields. Our degrees can also be combined with degrees from other faculties to produce powerful combinations of intellectual and vocational skills that are highly sought after by employers. These combinations equip our graduates to translate knowledge and skills across diverse areas of thought and practice.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is proud of creating an environment focused on engaging and enabling students from all backgrounds and all cultures not just to enter university, but to flourish in their studies and find pathways to interesting, satisfying and worthwhile careers. Our alumni can be found in 120 countries across the globe, creating change and carving out remarkable careers in Not-for-Profit, Government, Media, Education, Public Policy, Social Justice and Consulting sectors, among many others.

The quality of our teaching is underpinned by our innovative, high-quality research and industry partnerships. The range of research interests of our academic staff and the range of topics we teach is vast, from the local to the global, the ancient to the contemporary, the immediate and practical to the abstract and speculative. But across the range of our interests – whether it be housing policy in Sydney, Chinese philosophy, Korean political economy, Australian Indigenous history, school students with disabilities, internet misogyny, or the causes and consequences of wars, (to name a tiny sample) – our aim remains the same: to increase our knowledge and to share it with our students and with other researchers and practitioners around the world.

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences is a progressive and socially engaged Faculty. We embrace a creative, critical attitude and are devoted to confronting and grappling with both fundamental intellectual problems and the most urgent social, cultural, political and environmental challenges of our time.


Associate Professor David Blaazer 
Dean of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney