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Humanities building on the Cardiff University campus

Humanities Building

The Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy is located in the heart of the thriving capital of Wales, with its energetic and varied cultural and social life, its diverse population, and fantastic countryside and coast nearby. Cardiff is easily accessible by rail, road, and air.

The School has over a thousand students (more than one hundred of them postgraduates), and around fifty full-time academic staff, all of whom are supported by an experienced team of administrators and technicians. Staff across the School pride themselves on nurturing a friendly and supportive environment for each other and our students.

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes which combine the highest levels of traditional scholarship with innovative approaches to our core interests in language, communication, literature, critical theory, and philosophy.

We have four research centres, which give a flavour of the cutting-edge, interdisciplinary work that characterises much of what we are known for: Critical and Cultural Theory; Editorial and Intertextual Research; Health Communication Research; Language and Communication Research; Applied Ethics – and also the 'Wales-Ireland' and the Philosophy of Mind research networks. The Centres are far from exhausting the range of our research, much of which is carried on by individuals or small clusters of researchers. Look at our research pages for the full range of activity in the School.

Close-up of listing of subjects covered at the SchoolEnglish Language and Literature at Cardiff has a consistently strong history in research. We were one of the five departments in the UK to gain the top rating of 5 in the 1992 Research Assessment Exercise, followed by a 5* rating in 2001. In the 2008 RAE, English at Cardiff was ranked 7th in the UK for 'research power' (quality multiplied by size), achieving the highest possible score for 'Environment and Esteem'.

The School seeks to match its excellent standards for research with a similar standard for students. The School registered a 97% satisfaction rate for the quality of its undergraduate teaching in Philosophy in the 2010 National Student Survey, with Language and Literature attaining 96% and 94% respectively.

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