The largest of the three faculties in the University, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) contains a wide range of disciplines with a track record of excellence in research, including Biology, Business & Management, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Creative Writing, English, Geography & Geology, History, Law & Criminology, Psychology, Social Sciences and Sport & Physical Activity.

Research Centres

The Faculty is home to a number of research centres:

Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing (RCAW)

To engage with impactful interdisciplinary research on the contribution of the arts towards the wellbeing of people across the life span, their communities and environments that is participatory, ethical and of direct value.

Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS)

The Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS) is at the forefront of research on the prevention of abuse, exploitation and maltreatment in sport.

Centre for Data and Complex Systems (CDCS)

Based in the Department of Computer Science, the CDCS supports the development of an environment of international excellence in the areas of computer and data science with a particular emphasis on data analytics, data representation and visualisation; interoperable and interconnected distributed technologies and infrastructures; future internet, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoTs) and disruptive technologies, and information and cybersecurity.

Centre for Data Science STEM Research

The Centre is a forum for shared thinking and interdisciplinary work, blending the expertise from the Biology, Computer Science and Geography departments, with particular emphasis on data science approaches.

Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS)

CfHAS promotes the study of the complex material, ethical and symbolic relationships between humans and other animals.

International Centre on Racism (ICR)

The ICR delivers advanced research on global questions concerning racism, with a commitment to engaging in the study of all racisms, including antisemitism. The Centre brings together social scientists, historians, education experts, and media scholars. It is supported by an international advisory board composed of academics and culture professionals in Europe, North America, and Australia.

Centre for Sports Law Research (CSLR)

Based in the Department of Law and Criminology, the Centre has been highly influential in shaping UK and EU sports law and policy through the provision of expert advice and research services to organizations including the House of Lords, the European Commission, the European Parliament, national governments and sports organizations and sports stakeholders.

Research Institutes

The Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and practice based research.

Research Groups

The commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and the breadth of research interests within the Faculty are further evidenced by a rich and diverse variety of research groups in each of our academic departments:

The Faculty has a burgeoning postgraduate research community at both MRes and PhD level, as well as an extensive portfolio of taught provision at Masters level. The annual Edge Hill Short Story Competition, which champions work by both students and established authors, is now a major event in the literary calendar.


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