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School of Cultural Studies & Humanities


Learn to do something you love.

Our school is for both thinkers and doers.
We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.

Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.

Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Where? Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city, surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

What? Our courses cover English, Creative Writing, Media and History. All are informed by our internationally recognised research, giving you outstanding access to learn from, and discuss with, leaders in their field.

How? Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We're also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

Sound good? Then please read on...


Our Areas of Research

Centre for Culture and the Arts

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Our Graduates

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School News

Where does your favourite recipe come from? Volunteers sought for new research into our cooking habits

A Leeds Beckett University researcher is looking to uncover how we source our favourite recipes: are they passed down to us through the generations? Or do we like to use TV cookbooks, apps and vlogs?

New research uncovers the impact of the 1966 World Cup on Sheffield

The role of the 1966 World Cup in the promotion of Sheffield as an attractive, modern city in the north of England has been uncovered by a Leeds Beckett University researcher.

Academic sets out recommendations to combat the exclusion of British Asians from football

A Leeds Beckett University academic has set out a series of recommendations for combatting the exclusion of British Asians from football.

School Events

Feb 7

50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival book launch

Join the Centre for Culture and the Arts for the launch of this book which uses a combination of photos and text to map Leeds' 50 year Carnival journey and helps to illuminate the full story of Caribbean-led creativity and multicultural hospitality. Introduced by Arthur France and Emily Zobel Marshall, short talks will be given by co-authors Guy Farrar, Tim Smith and Max Farrar.

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