College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


The College offers first-class teaching and research across a very wide range of academic disciplines.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the three Colleges in the University of Edinburgh. It has 12 Schools, 23,650 students and 3,600 staff.

An advantage of its size is the very wide range of subjects and research specialisms you can choose from. There are over 300 undergraduate and 200 taught postgraduate programmes.

George Square gardens in spring

In the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we are proud of the breadth of our research, and the high grades we gained in the REF2014.

We have built on this strength to attract international researchers, and now have many major research centres based in our schools.

The College is also an important focus in the University for Continuing Professional Development courses for professional graduates, and for Continuing Personal Education, delivered mainly to people living locally. The Centre for Open Learning provides these part-time and short courses, during the day and in the evenings.

The College Office, located at 55 George Square, provides administrative support to the Vice-Principal, Deans and Associate Deans on academic matters and financial management.

There are also central admission and administrative offices for the College's undergraduate and postgraduate students.