Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities

The Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities Foundation course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to study one of UEA's prestigious arts and humanities degrees.

The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

If you haven’t already, check out our School pages on the UEA website.

In the meantime, don’t forget to Register Online to get access to your timetable once it becomes available, and log in to Blackboard our virtual learning environment.

Once you have registered online you will also need to attend a registration event (unless you are an undergraduate home student living in UEA accommodation, since you are registered automatically when you pick up your room keys).

  1. Welcome!

    It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities. The Institute is passionately committed to what we see as exciting and pioneering programmes, designed to support you in the realisation of your ambitions and to enable you meet your full potential.

    Home to a range of interdisciplinarity approaches to study we encourage creativity, innovative thinking, and the ability to connect and understand complex ideas about human experience.

    You will be part of a distinct and supportive learning community. All of the staff within the Institute are here to help you so whether you need advice on coursework, study skills, or simply adapting to university life, come and find us on Floor 0 of the Arts building. We are really pleased to have you with us and look forward to getting to know you.

    Rowena Burgess

    Head of School

    Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities

IIH Student Site

This will be available once you have registered and can be accessed using the instructions below:

  • Go to
  • Select BLACKBOARD from the three orange buttons towards the top of the screen
  • Type in your UEA username and password, and select Sign In
  • At the top right of the screen select IIH Student Site

Get a Buddy

buddy(su) is a befriending programme run by the Students' Union to help you settle into uni life. They are a friendly face on campus and can help you with living away from home and figuring out how UEA and your School work.

You can find information on signing up on the Student Union website.

This is a list of books to help prepare you for undergraduate study in the foundation year.

We think you will find them useful, stimulating and diverse introductions to the disciplines you will be studying and the skills needed to do well in your degree.

The core text for the compulsory module – Humanities: The Key Concepts 

Storey, John. (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, 8th Edition. (Oxon and New York: Routledge) (ISBN 978-0-415-78663-8)

Students taking the module “Creative Industries”

Hesmondhalgh, David, The Cultural Industries, 3rd Edition, (London: Sage, 2013). (ISBN 978-1446209264); and the website of the UK Creative Industries Council:


The following books are linked to the modules you will take in the Spring semester

Students taking the module “History and Society”

Harvie, Christopher, and Colin Matthew, Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). (ISBN 978-0192853981)

Students taking the module “What is Politics?”

Geoghegan, Vincent, and Rick Wilford, Political Ideologies, 4th Edition, (London: Routledge, 2014). (ISBN 978-0-415-61817-5); also recommended is a weekly Sunday newspaper such as The Observer.

Students taking the module “Literature and the Humanities”

Eaglestone, Robert, Doing English: A Guide for Literature Students, 4th Edition, (London: Routledge, 2017). (ISBN 978-0415284233)

Students taking the module “Introduction to Visual Cultures”

Bordwell, David, Film Art: An Introduction, (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2017).*

Hall, James, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art, (London: Murray, 1979).*

*Any edition of these books is acceptable

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  1. IIH Find out more about the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities - Humanities Foundation Year, East Anglian Film Archive & Centre for Japanese Studies


  2. HUM Foundation Year News, views and events




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