What are faculties, schools and departments?

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Our academic structure

Explore the faculties, schools and departments that make up our academic structure

The University is structured into faculties, schools and departments, and each plays a role in organising the teaching and research that we do. Find out more about how the University is structured – and what it means for you, as a student – on this page.


Faculties are at the top of our hierarchy, and cover a broad range of subjects. Each faculty is home to multiple schools and departments, each of which focus on more specific areas of teaching and research.

As well as offering specific academic and careers support, faculties host targeted events, workshops, and opportunities for students.

Our 5 faculties

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Health
  • Faculty of Technology

Schools and departments

Schools and departments sit beneath our faculties. They focus on a narrower range of subjects and expertise.

Your course sits within both a school or department, and a faculty – so for example, our BA (Hons) Graphic Design is delivered in our School of Art, Design and Performance, which sits in our Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Your course handbook will tell you which school or department relates to your course.

You can access specialist support within your faculty and school or department – including specific support tutorscareers advice, and subject specialist librarians – while you're studying.

Your personal tutor will be based in the school or department that delivers your course. They're a member of staff with a specialist subject close to your degree subject – they can support you during your studies, offer field specific knowledge, discuss career opportunities with you, and write you a reference once you graduate.

Each school is also linked to a MyPort Information Hub where you'll submit coursework during your degree.

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