School of Humanities and Performing Arts

School of Humanities and Performing Arts 
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
Plymouth University 
Drake Circus 
Tel: +44 1752 585020

For information on our undergraduate programmes please contact the Arts Admissions team, for our postgraduate taught programmes or research opportunities please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team:

Coming to see us? Find travel information and more about Plymouth University's city centre campus in the University location pages.

Starting your course in January

University of Plymouth's School of Humanities and Performing Arts is now offering a January start on a number of postgraduate courses.

If you haven’t studied, want to transfer course, or find a September start isn’t ideal, our January intake gives you the chance to commence your studies at a time that works for you.

Find out more about the programmes available for January starts.

Professional Development – Humanities and Performing Arts short courses

Looking to gain new qualifications, develop a skill, or are just a life-long lover of learning?

The University of Plymouth’s short courses offer you an opportunity to develop creative and professional skills at a time convenient to you.

Learn more about our short courses

The Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts

Supporting the work of over fifty academics across English, creative writing, history, art history, theatre, dance, performing arts and music.

The centre was established in 2009 to recognise the research excellence within the School of Humanities and Performing Arts.

Learn more about our research

Art history with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Want to learn more about past and present art? Train towards a career in the arts with art history.

Art history at Plymouth is a lively specialist subject, taught by tutors who are world-leading experts in their field.

Learn more about art history with the University

Dance, theatre and performance with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts

A distinctive voice in British dance training.

With the School of Humanities and Performing Arts your studies will be informed by the research, training and creative practice of our teaching team

Discover opportunities within dance, theatre and performance

Find your voice with English and creative writing

Feed your interest in literature, sharpen your critical and analytical skills and make your own choices about how you study and practise creative writing.

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body" – Joseph Addison 'The Tatler', 1709.

Read more about English and creative writing

History with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Discover your future as you uncover the past…

Work alongside internationally recognised researchers and access world-class resources while studying history with us

Find more information about our history programmes

Cornerstone Heritage

Cornerstone Heritage is an interdisciplinary research initiative that brings together staff from across the University of Plymouth working in the field of heritage (or how we live with the past today).

Find out more about Cornerstone Heritage

Music with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Join a community that combines world-leading research in computer music and its applications, with a range of taught courses.

Our exciting degrees encompass performance, composition, arrangement, recording, psychology, and the contextual study of a wide range of styles.

Discover more about our music courses

Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)

Cutting-edge research in topics including the interface between music, computers, and the brain within a vibrant contemporary music community.

Access our well-equipped studios, open plan lab and annual research seminar series.

Find out more about the centre and what we do

The Arts Institute, Plymouth's space for arts and culture

Hosting The Levinsky Gallery, the Jill Craigie Cinema, and The House, a state of the art performing arts centre; we champion new innovations across all art forms.

Our public programme is available all year round inspiring visitors from across the city, the South West and beyond, to discover and enjoy the arts.

Find out what is taking place today