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Course Structure

Liberal Arts students writing in workshop

Liberal Arts at Warwick balances your freedom to choose optional modules from around the University with the specific and real benefits of studying our own interdisciplinary core modules.


Course structure diagram

Year One

Core Liberal Arts modules

You’ll study three core Liberal Arts modules worth 75 CATS in total:

You’ll also have the opportunity to take the Liberal Arts module Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research (15 CATS). This is a core module for our more technical pathways and will act as a prerequisite for more advanced analytical modules.

Alongside your core modules you’ll take a non-credit bearing introductory module, Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis.

Optional modules

The rest of your workload (45 CATS) will consist of first-year optional modules. These could be from within the Liberal Arts Department or from across the University. Some of the first-year optional modules you'll choose from are 'required core optional modules’. These must be passed to proceed on the specified pathway.

Certificates

We offer a range of unique certificates outside of the curriculum as a way of continuing your professional development. You can find out more about the certificates here.

In your first year you'll have the opportunity to take the Certificate of Digital Literacy and the Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement.

Pathway

At the end of your first year you’ll declare a Disciplinary Interest or a Specialist Interest pathway.

Our Specialist Interest pathways are open to your interpretation. You’re free to pursue your interests, whatever they might be. We’ll work with you to help you design a Specialist Interest pathway that meets your needs.

If your passions lie in a particular subject, you could choose to study a Disciplinary Interest pathway. You’ll choose your optional modules exclusively from one of our partner departments.

Please see our pathways pages for more information about pathway options.

Year Two

Core Liberal Arts modules

You’ll study two core Liberal Arts modules totalling 60 CATS (constituting half the workload for the year):

Pathway modules

The remaining half of your workload (60 CATS) is made up of modules from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfil the pathway requirements. Please note that modules are subject to availability and module offerings change year to year.

Certificates

You’ll have the opportunity to take the Certificate of Coaching Practice and the Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement.

Final Year

Core Liberal Arts module

You’ll study one core Liberal Arts module, a dissertation/practical project (30 CATS).

Pathway modules

Your remaining modules (90 CATS) will be from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfil the pathway requirements. Please note that modules are subject to availability and module offerings change year to year.


"The course structure is something that really appealed to me"

"When applying to Liberal Arts at Warwick the course structure is something that really appealed to me. I just felt like it had the right balance of core modules and optional modules so that I didn't feel trapped in anything that I didn't want to do and after having dropped out of a different uni for precisely that reason, that was something that was very important to me."

Olamide Ajisafe

Liberal Arts student

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"You feel like you belong to a department"

"Another perk of Warwick is the high ratio of Liberal Arts core modules to our free module options; this makes you feel like you belong to a department rather than being scattered around many, as seems the case at many other universities offering the degree."

Adrian Lawrence

Liberal Arts graduate

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