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, archaeology, heritage studies, international relations, sociology, social work, social policy, 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 programmes, the Faculty also offers MA by Research, MPhil and PhD degrees.

The Faculty also offers programmes in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) and the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE). Disciplines covered are Bachelor courses in Teacher Education at MIE and Oriental Languages, Performing Arts, Indian Philosophy, Mauritian Studies, Fine Arts, Digital Arts and more recently Advertising and Visual Communications as well as Film Production for MGI.

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 Language Lab ( to be launched mid Aug 2018)


Flagship Programmes:

BSc (Hons) Actuarial studies, BA (Hons) English, BA (Hons) French, BSc (Hons) Social Work Practice, BSc (Hons) Communication Studies, BSc (Hons) Journalism, and MA Economics Collaborative programme (CMAP)



Student Population 2017/2018 = 1544

No. of MPhil/PhD students = 20

No. of Postgraduate programmes = 5

No. of Undergraduate programmes = 37

No. of Academic staff = 66

Part-time academic staff = 58

Administrative/Support staff = 28

Technical staff = 3

FSSH and MGI MPhil/PhD Awards


Cohort 2017/2018
1 Mrs Dayashree PENTIAH-APPADOO - Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field in the field of ‘Indian Diaspora and Dance forms’
2 Mr Yuvraj SUNECHER - Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field in the field of ‘Statistics’
3 Mr Girash GUNGARAM - Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field in the field of ‘Financial Economics’
4 Mr Takesh LUCKHO - Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field in the field of ‘International and Development Economics’