About us

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London brings together 10 internationally-renowned research institutes to form the UK's national centre for the support of researchers and the promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School also hosts a multidisciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium.

The School is the only institution in the UK that is nationally funded to promote and facilitate research in the humanities and social sciences and receives special funding for this purpose from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The School achieves its national mission by:

  • Providing a research base for an international community of scholars
  • Inspiring, developing, supporting and creating the conditions for research initiatives and networks
  • Enhancing the dissemination of the research of others, and related activities, beyond what they or their institutions could achieve alone
  • Providing specialist research training at Master's, doctoral and postdoctoral levels, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Adding value to the work of researchers in the humanities and social sciences throughout the UK

The academic staff of the School also undertake research and scholarship, underpinning the School's national role as an innovative space for advanced study and its commitment to the highest standards of scholarship. In addition, six of the institutes offer a range of taught Master's programmes and doctoral supervision in their areas of expertise.

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