General Information

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH) formerly known as the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities came into being as a full-fledged Faculty on the 01 September 1992 following restructuration of the School of Law, Management and Social Studies, under the Deanship of Late Associate Professor H Mathur.

The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the umbrella field of Social Sciences and Humanities namely language studies (English, French, Creole), literature, cultural studies, history, anthropology, heritage studies, international relations, sociology, gender studies, social work, psychology, social development, developmental studies, political science, human rights, international relations, economics, econometrics, statistics, public policy, musicology, philosophy, religious studies amongst others. In line with demands of work sector, our programmes now include work placement and field visits.  In its endeavour to respond to emerging needs, many programmes are being offered on a part-time basis, to increase access to education.  Recognising the need for lifelong learning, the Faculty caters for mature students and also offers stand-alone modules.  In addition to the taught undergraduate and postgraduateprogrammes, the Faculty also offers MSc/MA by Research, MPhil and PhD degrees. 

The Faculty also runs several programmes in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) encompassing Oriental Languages, Performing Arts, Indian Philosophy, Mauritian Studies, Fine Arts, Media/Digital Arts, Advertising and Visual Communications as well as Film Production.

Over the past few years, the Faculty has aimed to increase its research output. Many academic staffs have completed their PhD while some are pursuing further studies.  Publications by academic staff have appeared in national, regional and international journals. Main research themes include Public Sector Economics and Public Policies, Ethics, Language Studies and Literature, Social Sciences, Identity, Acculturation, Slavery and Indenture. Academics of the Faculty have also regularly provided expertise in applied research and consultancies, for both the public and private sector.


The Faculty currently hosts the following:

  • Department of Economics and Statistics
  • Department of English Studies
  • Department of French Studies
  • Department of History and Political Science
  • Department of Social Studies
  • Centre for Research on Slavery and Indenture (CRSI)
  • Mediacom Studio (founded in 2008)
  • FSSH Digital Language Lab (founded in August 2018)



Student Population 2020/2021 = 1434

No. of MPhil/PhD students = 26

No. of students on MSc/MA by Research programmes = 4

No. of Postgraduate programmes = 6

No. of Undergraduate programmes = 24

No. of Academic staff = 56

No. of Administrative /Support staff = 23

Technical staff = 2



Student Population 2019/2020 = 1482

No. of MPhil/PhD students = 23

No. of Postgraduate programmes = 4

No. of Undergraduate programmes = 36

No. of Academic staff = 64

Part-time academic staff = 52

No. of Administrative /Support staff = 28

Technical staff = 3


 FSSH MPhil/PhD Awardees - Academic Year 2020/2021

  • Mrs Marie Virginia Roussety Koolmon has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of 'English and Cultural Studies'
  • Mr Rakesh Seerkissoon has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of ‘Theatre and Stagecraft’
  • Miss Marie Catherine Sandra Latour has been awarded the Degree of Master of Philosophy in the field of 'Francophone and Postcolonial Studies
  • Mr Bhishma Dev Bhurtun has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of English Education
  • Mr Kewal Nayeck has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Environmental Ethics in Sanskrit Literature
  • Mrs Rajiny Poloogadoo has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Telugu Studies and Second Language Teaching