School of Humanities


The Humanities disciplines thrive on the principles of critical interrogation, discussion and debate. Our blended learning delivery for the 2020/21 academic year is set up to support the types of learning that work best for a Humanities degree.

Your lectures will be delivered through a mixture of pre-recorded videos matched with timetabled livestreamed online sessions and asynchronous follow-up learning tasks which allow you to engage interactively and discursively both with your lecturer and with the week’s learning content. Your on-campus face to face seminars provide the opportunity to participate in dynamic discussion and debate with a group of your peers in a socially-distanced classroom. Our Hybrid classrooms offer a mixed mode of attendance, where students in the class are divided equally between online and in-person attendance with all students engaging in collective conversation and study led by the classroom-based tutor.

Our Blended Learning modes have been carefully designed to enable our continued delivery of the teaching and learning methods that underpin a Humanities degree and to ensure your acquisition of the core subject skills and experiences fundamental to your learning success and achievement.

Community and collaboration are at the heart of the Humanities, and so this year, we have a range of exciting and dynamic online events planned for students. There will also be plenty of opportunity for staff and students to co-create talks, panels, and film series that are reflective of our shared interests and identities.

Flexible Delivery

You can watch a video where the School Director of Undergraduate Education, Dr Vicky Greenaway, explains how the flexible delivery models will work here.

Flipped Classroom

In the Flipped Classroom mode we continue to provide you with a lecture-seminar experience in a blended way.

Your lectures will be delivered as a combination of pre-recorded video materials and a follow-up online session. The video resources will be created by your lecturer and will contain the primarily instructional content necessary for your subject learning that week. However learning in the Humanities is not passive: we learn through discussion and debate. The follow-up online session ensure that your lecturer can engage you discursively and directly on the materials and teaching received in that pre-recorded videoed content. The follow-up online session will be variously delivered as either lecturer-led live online sessions or asynchronous interactive tasks.

Your seminar provides you with an opportunity to cement and extend your course learning for the week, through attendance of an on-campus face to face seminar in a socially distanced classroom. Your participation in dynamic discussion with a class of your peers is key to producing the kinds of critical interrogation, debate and independent thinking crucial to studying a Humanities subject.

Hybrid Classroom

Our seminars rely on involved discussion and deep enquiry into a shared set of texts and topics. In order to facilitate the continued delivery of this advanced mode of Humanities study on modules where the seminar is the primary mode of teaching, we have adopted the model of the Hybrid Classroom.

In a Hybrid Classroom the session is delivered by the lecturer on-campus with half of the students in physical attendance in a socially-distanced classroom and the other half attending the same session simultaneously through online livestreaming. You will alternate between on-campus and online attendance on a weekly basis for the duration of the course. The session design will support the learning of students attending in either mode and your lecturer will continue to use our standard disciplinary teaching methods of whole-class discussion, presentations and small groupwork as well as tutor-led instruction during these sessions.

Changes to assessments

In response to the coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic there will be changes in how modules are assessed and when assessments occur, to make your courses more resilient and also to support your learning.

Please check the Module Catalogue which will tell you how you will be assessed this year.

Contacting the Humanities Team

Please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and the need to ensure social distancing on campus, the Humanities Office in IN149 is not currently open to walk-up queries. If you have a query and would like the admin team to assist you, please follow these steps:

1) Email. Our preferred method of contact is email, so that we can triage work within our team, and ensure the fastest and most accurate possible response for you. Please email the office at We are currently experiencing a very high volume of emails, so there may be a slight delay in our response, but we will prioritise queries that are particualrly urgent and in all cases aim to get back to you as soon as possible. 

2) If required, on reading your email, it is possible for one of the admin team to arrange an individual appointment to dicuss your query in more detail: this will take place via Microsoft Teams. You may also request to have a meeting on Teams, if this would be useful for you in solving your query, and will will arrnage this as soon as we possibly can.

2020/21 course information

Undergraduate Handbooks

Please click on the links below in order to access the Undergraduate Handbook for your department: a useful source of information for all matters relating to your academic study at Royal Holloway.

History Department Undergraduate Handbook

English Department Undergraduate Handbook

Classics Department Undergraduate Handbook

LLC Department Handbook

Postgraduate Taught Handbook

Humanities Postgraduate Taught Handbook (all departments)

Please also click on the links below for individual MA course booklets, which give further information relevant for particular MA degrees:

MA History

MA Medieval Studies

MA Holocaust Studies

MA Public History

MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

MA Creative Writing

Students on the MA Victorian Literature Art and Culture, the MA English Literature, and any of the Classics MAs or MRes courses, should refer to the Humanities PGT Handbook in the first instance: further information about the structure of these courses is available from the programme director (programme directors are listed in the PGT Handbook).

Postgraduate Research Handbook

Please click here for the 2020-21 PGR Handbook.

Induction materials by department

Central London libraries

Senate House Induction Presentation

Senate House Library Handout

Institute of Historical Research Induction Presentation

Academic Support materials by department

Please see below for some useful links and tips to support your learning in your respective departments. This section is still being constructed, and will be added to over the course of the academic year.


History UG Study Guide 2020-21


A Guide to Punctuation

Advice on Close Reading

Essay Writing Dos and Don'ts

How to Format an Essay

How to Write a Commentary

Tips for Writing Better

Writing a Bibliography (MHRA style)



Languages, Literature and Cultures




School Office contact information