Research is a key focus for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research is what most distinguishes universities from other tertiary institutions and is at the heart of Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We are New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research quality and number one across a broad range of humanities and social science subjects.

Staff across the Faculty carry out research in a wide range of disciplines but are collectively engaged in exploring the fundamental questions of humanity—the questions that define who we are. In addition to our strengths in traditional academic disciplines, the Faculty excels in creative writing, creative arts and performance, and undertakes shared research activities through its specialised research centres and institutes.

Postgraduate students are an integral part of the Faculty’s research community. Our capital city location and proximity to Parliament and central government agencies, the National Library, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Film Archives provide valuable opportunities for postgraduate research.

The Faculty places a high value on its research programmes and offers staff and postgraduate students access to a range of internal research grants and support in gaining research funding from external sources. The Faculty’s success in attracting external funding, including from the Marsden Fund, demonstrates the standing of our research.

If you are a current PhD and Master’s by thesis student (or staff member), you can find information on applying for research grants on the Faculty’s intranet pages (accessible only on campus), or contact the Joint Research Committee Administrator Deanna Dowling.