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Humanities Research at Otago

Otago's Humanities research output is rated the best in New Zealand in a number of disciplines

Recent research quality evaluations rate the Division of Humanities research output to be the best in New Zealand in a number of disciplines, and rank some of our academic departments among the top 100 internationally.

Details about recent research quality evaluations on the Division of Humanities' research output and academic excellence

The 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation confirmed the research strengths of the Division of Humanities at Otago. The following subject areas were ranked either first or second in the country: Anthropology and Archaeology; Education; History, Art History and Classics; Law; Philosophy; Sociology, Gender and Social Work; Theology and Religious Studies. The Division also hosts 6 of the top 12 nominated academic units within the University.

The 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject showed the following Humanities subjects at Otago to be rated in the top 100 in the world: Archaeology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Education, English Language & Literature, Geography, History, Law and Performing Arts. Modern Languages and Politics & International Studies featured in the 101-150 band, and Philosophy in the top 200 in the world.

Find out more about the 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation.

Research in the Division of Humanities

Find out about research in the Division.

Exceptional doctoral theses in the Division of Humanities

Go to a list of exceptional doctoral theses produced by students in the Division.