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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

First year

In your first year you'll study two content-focused Liberal Arts core modules worth 60 CATs in total:

You'll also study a research training core module worth 15 CATs:

Alongside your core modules, you'll take a non-credit bearing introductory module:

The rest of your workload (45 CATs) will consist of your choice of first-year optional modules from within the Liberal Arts Department or across the University. Some of the first-year optional modules you'll choose from are 'required optional core modules', and must be passed in order to proceed on your specified pathway. You'll usually apply to pursue a Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest Pathway at the end of the second term of your first year.

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

Second year

In your second year you'll study two core modules in Liberal Arts worth 60 CATs (constituting half the workload for the year):

The remaining half of your second year is made up of modules from your chosen Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest pathway.

There will also be an opportunity to take the Certificate of Coaching Practice and the Certificate of Professional Communication (alongside a work placement).

Final year

In your final year you'll study one Liberal Arts core module, a dissertation or practical project (worth 25% of your workload). Your remaining modules will be from your chosen Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest pathway. An assessment in a public-facing forum is required. A study abroad or placement year between your second year and your final year is also available.


"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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