About us

LAHP was created in 2014 as an Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London), and University College London. Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Economics & Political Science joined the partnership as associate members in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

As part of its renewal of Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding in 2018, the LAHP partnership expanded to eight partners, and in addition to the original five partners it now includes: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Royal College of Art, and Royal College of Music. LAHP currently has over 300 funded students and, in line with its original vision, all LAHP training is available to both LAHP-funded and non-funded students across the partnership.

Working in partnership with LAHP’s eight university partners are five core delivery partners: Museum of London; The National Archives; Google; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Wellcome Trust.

LAHP’s institutions offer a world-class environment for training and research. Subject coverage in arts and humanities at LAHP’s institutions is comprehensive and the PhD experience is enriched by our libraries, archives, museums and special collections. Within walking distance of LAHP’s central office at Senate House there is the highest concentration of specialist research libraries in Europe. The British Library, and the libraries at Senate House, the Warburg Institute, King’s Maughan Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Institute of Historical Research, the LSE Library and the Women’s Library, and the Institute of Classical Studies: all have unique special collections available to our students.

Collectively, LAHP has more than 1,500 research-active staff working in arts and humanities subjects and LAHP students are part of a wider community of more than 2,300 full and part-time research students embedded in departments across arts and humanities and social science disciplines.

In the area of Histories, Cultures & Heritage LAHP provides PhD programmes and supervisory coverage in: Archaeology; Classics; Cultural & Museum Studies; History; Digital Humanities/Information & Knowledge Management/Library & Information Studies; Law & Legal Studies; Philosophy; Development Studies/Political Science & International Studies; Theology, Divinity & Religion; Art History.

In the Creative & Performing Arts, LAHP offers coverage in: Design; Fine Art; Applied Arts/Digital Arts & Photography/Visual Arts; New Media/Web-based Studies; Film Studies; Music; Ethnography & Anthropology; Drama & Theatre Studies; Cultural Studies (Policy, Arts Management, Creative Industries); Creative Writing.

And, within Languages & Literature, LAHP provides supervisory and PhD programme coverage in: English Language & Literature & the wider Languages & Literature; Cultural Studies & Popular Culture; Modern Languages: French Studies; Scandinavian Studies; Hispanic, Portuguese & Latin American Studies; Italian Studies; Russian, Slavonic & Eastern European Studies; German Studies (including Dutch); Interpreting & Translation; Linguistics; as well as concentrations of supervisory expertise in Asiatic & Oriental Studies, Middle Eastern & African Studies, and Australasian Studies.

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