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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.


In the first year you will study four core modules:

You will also have the opportunity to take the optional core module, Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research. This module is a requirement for certain pathways in Year Two, such as Economics. It will act as a prerequisite for advanced analytical modules.

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

At the end of the first year you will choose a pathway. There are two types of pathways: Specialist Interest or Disciplinary Interest. Our Specialist Interest pathways are open to your interpretation. You are free to pursue your interests, whatever they might be. We will work closely with you to help you design a pathway that enables you to study the areas that you want to explore. Examples of Specialist Interest pathways designed by our students include: Apocalyptic Studies, Business Ethics, Communications, Critical Sports Studies, Culture and Identity, Health and Human Society, Social Justice, Sustainability, and Visual Cultures.

Alternatively, if your passions lie in a particular subject, you may choose a Disciplinary Interest pathway. You will select your optional modules exclusively from one of our partner departments. Our partner departments include Classics and Ancient History, Economics, Education, English, Film and Television Studies, History, Languages, Life Sciences, Philosophy, and Theatre and Performance Studies. Read more about our pathways.

In the second year you will study two core modules (comprising half of your workload):

The remaining modules in the second year will be from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfill the pathway requirements.

In the final year you will complete the core dissertation/practical project. Your remaining modules will be from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfill the pathway requirements.


"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 graduate

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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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