School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI), in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is home to the Departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History and Philosophy. Our aim is to be one of the leading centres for teaching and research in the humanities in Australia and the world. Our academic staff include some of the most eminent scholars in our disciplines in the world, along with an exciting array of early and mid career researchers working at the cutting edge of their fields. We believe strongly in the close relationship between excellence in research and high quality teaching. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught by staff who are making major contributions to the field, and our staff benefit enormously from working with the exceptional students we attract to our courses and programs.

If you are thinking of extending your studies or returning to university after some time away, SOPHI offers a wide array of postgraduate coursework programs and units of study, as well as research supervision at MA, MPhil and PhD. Visit the pages on our website and learn more about our highly accomplished researchers and teachers and about the many possibilities for study in the School and the Faculty.

Latest News

  • Australian Research Council Research Funding Success

    Congratulations to SOPHI researchers awarded through the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Projects scheme announced today - seven Discovery Projects (DP) (one up from the previous round) and one DECRA!  Our School’s DP success rate is 41%, well above the overall award rate of 18%, and Peter Hobbins is one of only 200 DECRA recipients nationally, and one of two in the Faculty.  

  • Archaeology affiliate Brit Asmussen's Eureka Moment

    Dr Brit Asmussen, senior curator of archaeology at the Queensland Museum, 'knows every small detail of that perfect and impossible moment in time when the 100-year international search for the last missing pieces of a prized and ancient Book of the Dead, belonging to an esteemed Egyptian builder named Amenhotep, ended'. 

  • 2016 SOPHI undergraduate guides now available!

    See what units of study you can do in 2016 with the SOPHI undergraduate student guides!

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