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At the end of your first year you'll choose your 'pathway'. Your pathway is a focused area of interest in which you'll spend increasing time (and develop increasing expertise) over your second and final years.

Your unique pathway will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge whilst working with experts across the university. Your pathway gives you the opportunity to apply skills developed through our core modules, along with knowledge from various disciplines, giving you a deeper understanding of your chosen options.

Choosing your pathway

We will work closely with you when choosing your pathway and modules within that pathway to ensure that your degree is best suited to your interests and future ambitions. We’ll help you from the beginning to pick modules and a theme to get you where you want to go. You'll be guided and supported by our Director of Student Experience in making your decision about which pathway to follow.

There are two types of pathways for you to choose from:


Specialist Interest Pathways

On a Specialist Interest pathway, you'll choose your optional modules from across the University. Many of our Specialist Interest pathways are based on topic areas our existing students have explored. Your Specialist Interest pathway will be determined entirely by your interests and goals.


Disciplinary Interest Pathways

On a Disciplinary Interest pathway, you'll choose your optional modules exclusively from one of our partner departments. This pathway is for you if your passions lie in a particular subject.

The pathway you choose will be shown on your personalised Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Regardless of the pathway you choose, your course will fall under the following:

Specialist Interest pathways

Specialist Interest pathways are open to your interpretation. You are free to select relevant modules from across the University, with guidance from your personal tutor and our Director of Student Experience. The opportunity to follow a Specialist Interest is a unique feature of our degree and it will enable you to compete for specific job opportunities in the relevant areas. This transdisciplinary approach will not restrict you to a single discipline, creating room for flexibility when thinking about which modules fit with your intellectual interests.

Examples of Specialist Interest pathways include:

  • Apocalyptic Studies
  • Business Ethics
  • Conflict, Culture, and Society
  • Culture and Identity
  • Food Security
  • Health and Human Society
  • Imagination in Childhood Development
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability

All of these pathways have been designed by individual students in collaboration with our academics. You’re free to pursue your interests, whatever they might be: if one of the above pathway titles doesn’t reflect your passions and goals, then we’ll help you design one that meets your needs.

Explore the modules you might study on a selection of Specialist Interest pathways:

"I realised that a Specialist Interest pathway was more for me because I wanted to use different disciplines. I wanted to write like a historian in my History modules, I wanted to write like a philosopher in my Philosophy modules. But, I wanted a more tangible direction for the topics I was talking about."
Thomas, Liberal Arts graduate

Disciplinary Interest pathways

Your pathway can also take you down a more structured route through a Disciplinary Interest in a traditional subject, linked with one of our many partner departments. For example, choosing to study Liberal Arts with English as your Disciplinary Interest will give you the opportunity to apply the skills you develop through our Liberal Arts core modules alongside your knowledge from your optional modules from Warwick's English Department, creating a deeper and more critical understanding of your chosen options.

If there are subjects you would like to study that aren't listed below, you may still be able to specialise in them; please email LiberalArts at warwick dot ac dot uk to find out more.

Explore the modules you might study on our Disciplinary Interest pathways:

Please see our FAQs page for questions and answers about pathways.

*Students are automatically enrolled on the three-year course, however, you have the option to change to a four-year course with an intercalated year in the third year. During the intercalated year, you may pursue a study abroad programme or a work placement (subject to you meeting departmental academic requirements).