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Liberal Arts/Humanities (BA)

The new BA in Liberal Arts is a programme of study for those with an endless curiosity and a broad range of interests. Liberal Arts students can distribute their study broadly across the disciplines of the Humanities.

The interdisciplinary nature of this programme enables you to explore a wider range of thought forms and to develop skills tailored to your interests. Historical studies, cultural engagement and social advocacy, or theological and philosophical reasoning — the BA in Liberal Arts gives you the chance to do it all.


Liberal Arts (BA)
UCAS Code: HU01
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Liberal Arts (BA) Distance learning (full-time)
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Liberal Arts with Foundation Year
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Liberal Arts with Distance Foundation Year
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Institution Code: T80
Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Wide range of modules on relevant topics like the philosophy of mind, the history of genocide, or the literature of Western cultures. 
  2. Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise.
  3. Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  4. Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests.
  5. Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BA in the Liberal Arts is a course designed to offer those students with a general interest in the Humanities a broad-based programme of study, that engages with a full breadth of Humanities subjects and disciplines rather than specialising in just one subject area.

The first two years of the degree programme are constituted by an innovative education model: two years of 'Basic Studies', which is a broad introduction to Humanities comprising modules from across the various Schools within the Faculty.

In these two years the student makes important choices about the course content to follow: through the choice of courses from the four strands of historical inquiry, cultural engagement, practical humanities and the human mind, the students decide to an extent on which areas of Humanities they wish to focus.

From the start you obtain a broad understanding of the Humanities, from which you gradually sharpen your profile into a specialisation in your third year. In the third year, two strands of study are chosen.

It is those two specialised strands that are studied in depth and form your Bachelor's degree. This gives students the possibility of a unique interdisciplinary study in the Humanities, creating the best correlation with the student’s professional interests and future job possibilities. Each student is free to choose the two strands which will comprise their Bachelor's degree.

Module Topics

Relevant topics include:

  • Learning in the digital era 
  • Adaptability 
  • Communication 
  • Creating portfolios 
  • Creative thinking 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Making presentations 
  • Problem solving 
  • Project management 
  • Report writing 
  • Self-reflection 
  • Team working and collaborating with fellow students 
  • Using multi-media techniques 
  • Working independently 
  • Working to deadlines 

Please note, these topics may alter or rotate a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Communication, business
  • Cultural and social advocacy
  • Film and media
  • Fundraising, management consultancy, research
  • Health, food and lifestyle
  • Human, animal and land rights
  • International development, aid and charity organisations
  • Museums, heritage, tourism
  • Publishing
  • Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
  • Teaching
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

English (BA)
UCAS Code: Q300

History (BA)
UCAS Code: V100

Philosophy (BA)
UCAS Code: V502

Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: RV60

Liberal Arts with Distance Foundation Year

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day.