British Academy

THE BRITISH ACADEMY,

established by Royal Charter in 1902, champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. It aims to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement across the UK and internationally.

PORTAL subject coverage

PORTAL covers the full range of the humanties and social sciences. The areas of study listed under each heading are indicative, not exclusive, and they evolve over time. Please note that these listings do not represent the Academy's research priorities.

African and Oriental Studies

Covers: the ancient Near East; ancient languages (other than Greek and Latin); Chinese languages, literatures and culture; Japanese languages, literature and culture; other Asian languages, literature and culture; modern Middle-Eastern languages, literature and culture; modern African languages, literature and culture

Archaeology

Covers: archaeology of all regions and periods; archaeological conservation; archaeological techniques; science relating to archaeology; cultural heritage

Classical Antiquity

Covers: Latin (language and literature in the original language and in translation); ancient and classical Greek (language and literature in the original language and in translation); ancient Egypt and Egyptology; classical civilisation; ancient and classical history (from earliest times to c. AD400)

Early Modern History to C1800

Covers: English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish history, including regional and local history; history of other countries, nations and regions; Byzantine history; religious history; military history; political history; history of ideas; aspects of history such as military, political and social history not covered under other headings

Early Modern Languages and Literature (1500-1800)

Covers: European languages, literatures and cultures; Latin American languages literature and culture; Scandinavian languages, literature and culture; Russian languages, literature and culture; Slavonic and East European languages, literatures and cultures; other European languages and literatures; comparative literature and European literature in translation

Economics and Economic History

Covers: Economics; macroeconomics; microeconomics; economic policy; applied economics; business economics; political economics; development economics; economic systems; ecological economics; agricultural economics; health economics; mathematical economics; quantitative economics; econometrics; quantitative analysis; computing economics; financial economics; overseas economics; technological economics; economic history; social history

History of Art and Music

Covers: history of fine and applied art; history of design; history of music

Law

Covers: jurisprudence; European Community law; European legal studies; legal systems in the UK; legal systems in other countries; commercial law; constitutional law; contracts; criminal law; environmental law; international law; comparative law; legal process; property law; public law; legal history; socio-legal studies; theory of law

Linguistics and Philology

Covers: applied linguistics; corpus linguistics; computational linguistics; phonetics; philology; etymology; language in community; theoretical linguistics; psycholinguistics; sociolinguistics; endangered languages; language acquisition in adults and children; language teaching; less-commonly spoken/taught languages

Medieval Studies: History and Literature (c. 800 to c. 1500)

Covers: European languages, literatures and cultures; Latin American languages, literature and culture; Scandinavian languages, literatures and cultures; Russian languages, literature and culture; Slavonic and East European languages, literatures and cultures; other European languages and literatures; English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish history, including regional and local history; religious history; history of other countries, regions and nations; Byzantine history; history of ideas; aspects of history such as military, political and social history not covered under other headings

Modern History from C1800

Covers: English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish history, including regional and local history; history of other countries, nations, and regions; aspects of history such as military, political and social history not covered under other headings

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Other Media (from c. 1800)

Covers: European languages, literatures and cultures; Latin American languages, literature and culture; Scandinavian languages, literatures and cultures; Russian languages, literature and culture; Slavonic and East European languages, literatures and cultures; other European languages and literatures; comparative literature and European literature in translation; American studies; human communication; film; television; other media

Philosophy

Covers: natural philosophy; mental philosophy; social philosophy; moral philosophy; metaphysics; logic

Political Studies: Political Theory, Government and International Relations

Covers: politics; political theory; communism; government; public administration; politics and administration; politics and government; parliamentary studies; European Community studies; policy and administration studies; international politics; international relations; strategic studies; comparative politics; politics of a specific country; development studies; peace studies; conflict resolution; defence/security studies; war studies

Psychology

Covers: applied psychology; clinical psychology; clinical science; experimental psychology; social psychology; occupational psychology; applied cognitive science; applied psychology; human psychology; behavioural science; cultural social psychology; applied social psychology; occupational psychology; educational psychology; experimental psychology; developmental psychology

Social Anthropology and Geography

Covers: maritime geography; environmental geography; physical geography; topography; topographical science; applied geography; human geography; cartography; demography; economic geography; geographical techniques; Asian and African geography; social anthropology; biological anthropology; cultural studies; cultural social anthropology; ethnomusicology

Sociology, Demography and Social Statistics

Covers: statistics and probability; applied statistics; management statistics; mathematical statistics; operational statistics; operational research techniques; social statistics; sociology; applied sociology; social studies; applied social studies; social science; applied social science; human and social science; probation and after care training; cultural sociology; criminology; women's studies; race relations; applied education

Theology and Religious Studies

Covers: theology; divinity; biblical studies; religious studies; comparative religion; pastoral studies; Christian education; social ethics; church history