What is Liberal Arts and what makes Liberal Arts at Warwick different?
Entry requirements and making your application.
Teaching style, contact hours, course structure, and assessments.
Core modules, optional modules, and studying a language.
Disciplinary Interests, Specialist Interests, and choosing your pathway.
Stepping up from school to university, settling in as an international student, and support services.
Intercalated study abroad, Liberal Arts partnerships, and when you'll need to decide about studying abroad.
Certificates, work placements, and employability.
Recommended readings, meeting other offer holders, and advice for gap years.
Liberal Arts education has a long history in the UK and around the world. In its oldest form, it involved students thinking philosophically about questions that crossed the rigid boundaries of disciplines and encouraged them to use critical tools from the humanities, the social and natural sciences and fine arts to address these questions. The name “Liberal Arts” derives from the Latin artes liberalis: the knowledge worthy of (or that makes) a free person. The traditional liberal arts primarily included arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music, logic, rhetoric, and grammar.
Today, modern Liberal Arts programmes retain the core traditional approach of looking at the "big questions" of the world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in order to gain an understanding of the ways in which different disciplines coincide and converge as well as how they differ. Some programmes go beyond the world of academia, integrating professional practices and development into academic activities. In this way, Liberal Arts programmes are transdisciplinary. They equip you with a range of skills and knowledge to analyse issues using methods employed by different disciplines, they encourage exploration of the different solutions offered, along with their implications and limitations, and stimulate creative thinking about alternative ways of approaching issues.
A Liberal Arts programme aims to develop well-rounded individuals with knowledge of a number of different subject areas and a broad range of transferable skills that are valued by employers. Our course also provides you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in a particular discipline or about a particular area of intellectual interest through our use of pathways. It offers breadth and depth, as well as giving you the flexibility to tailor the course to your own intellectual interests.
Our degree is radically different from other Liberal Arts programmes around the world. Here you’ll focus on developing high-level research skills to create interventions in complex problems under the guidance of experienced transdisciplinary academics.
We believe the best way to shape the intellectual leaders of the future is by training them to tackle the most difficult and pressing problems facing our world today. We do this through our unique Problem-Based Learning approach. This is where you understand a topic by examining complex problems from a variety of perspectives, including the social, political, scientific, historic, artistic and cultural, and you’ll develop your own distinctive stance on that problem.
Structure and focus
At the end of your first year you’ll choose a unique pathway through your degree which will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge working in collaboration with leading experts across the University. This flexibility empowers you to build a curriculum that is diverse, inclusive and stimulates your individual research interests. Whether you want to reinvent how we see the past or how we build the future, you’ll be able to put together modules that give you the knowledge, skills, and expertise to be a leader in your area of interest.
You’ll have the opportunity to apply the skills you develop through our core modules along with knowledge from various disciplines, giving you a deeper and more critical understanding of your chosen options. We’ll work closely with you to help you construct a degree that best suits your interests and future ambitions.
Bespoke study abroad opportunities
If you want to extend your learning and broaden your perspective by studying overseas, we can support you to apply for a year's study abroad at a leading institution. We’ve partnered with elite institutions in Europe and Canada, allowing our students to study Liberal Arts programmes which share our passion for rigorous interdisciplinarity and critical thinking.
Professional development skills
We acknowledge the importance of employability skills and professional development has been embedded into our programme. We’ve created a series of certificates and you’ll also have the opportunity to engage in different work placements and begin to build your professional networks. You’ll be supported by our Department’s Employability and Placement Manager, who’ll provide you with one-to-one careers guidance.
Dedicated expert academics
Our academics are not only experts in a range of subject areas, but they’re also specialists in research-led teaching and learning; they publish and lecture regularly on the teaching methods used here at Warwick. We’re the only department at Warwick to have all of our academics be accredited as Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy; our experience in interdisciplinary learning means you’ll have expert support at every stage of your degree.
In Liberal Arts at Warwick, original knowledge generation is at the heart of what our students do. With a foundation of research training from your first year, we’ll support you in joining our previous students in producing, publishing, and presenting undergraduate research beyond the bounds of the classroom.
You’ll join our friendly, supportive, and inclusive community, with our own departmental base and dedicated student facilities. We’re committed to educational equity and providing a fair and accessible education. We value the unique combinations of experiences, interests, and perspectives that every student brings to the course.
As a student-focused department we’re keen to support ideas and initiatives led by you. In the past this has included re-design of our course and the introduction of new pathways. You’ll have the opportunity to use your voice in staff-student forums and the student-led Liberal Arts Society.
100% of our Liberal Arts students agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students (The National Student Survey 2020).
We have approximately 100 students in the programme, with roughly 30-35 students in each year group. We have a small cohort of students, which means that you'll get to know your tutors and other Liberal Arts students really well. This also benefits our Problem-Based Learning approach, which requires you to work closely in collaboration with each other: you have the opportunity to learn each other’s interests, goals, and strengths in a way that’s very different from other programmes.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. Find out more about our international entry requirements.
You will also need to meet our English Language requirements. Our course falls under Band C.
There are no specific subject requirements for our course. You won't choose your pathway until the end of your first year, and we don't require specific subjects for individual pathways.
If you are taking the IB you will be well-positioned to study our Liberal Arts course. You will find that many of the skills that you have been trained in will be utilised, enhanced and transformed on our programme.
Both the IB and our Liberal Arts degree follow particular forms of teaching methods such as:
- Inquiry-based learning
- Problem-based learning
- Facilitating metacognition
- Cognitive apprenticeship
- Collaborative learning
Like the IB, our degree encourages you to build on your existing knowledge as you examine complex problems before taking principled action. Principled action means making responsible choices, sometimes including decisions not to act.
“Individuals, organisations and communities can engage in principled action when they explore the ethical dimensions of personal and global challenges.” (IBO 2013: 4)
We do not typically interview our applicants.
Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
If you are applying for 2021 entry onwards, please bear in mind that we are no longer asking for a second personal statement. We will carefully consider your UCAS personal statement during the application process. We are keen to hear about your interest in interdisciplinary learning and your academic or personal experiences and ambitions.
Half of your course will be made up of Liberal Arts core modules, where we will teach you how to critically evaluate case studies, methodologies, and theories in a range of contexts. You will then apply this learning to the second half of your degree, which is about composing your unique pathway. The breakdown of the course structure per year is as follows:
75% of your modules will be Liberal Arts core modules. The remaining 25% will be optional modules which you will select from across the University. Please note that you might have to study certain modules as part of your 25% worth of optional modules to pursue a specific pathway. We will guide you through choosing your optional modules when you arrive with us.
50% of your modules will be Liberal Arts core modules. The other half will be modules you will take to form your pathway.
The split in your final year is 25% with the Liberal Arts Department (the core Dissertation module), and the remaining 75% will consist of optional modules related to your pathway.
All of our Liberal Arts core modules are delivered using Problem-Based Learning workshops, which are defined by student-led research-based inquiry. There are no formal lectures, and you’ll instead spend your time in the classroom debating, framing, and presenting research questions and interventions. This is a learning method that’s guided by your specific interests, and so content (explored through in-depth case studies) changes depending on the student cohort.
Each module is different, but they're all designed to put you in charge of your learning. In the past, workshops for our first-year core module Art and Revolution have involved students breaking out into three groups: one doing primary research in the archives, one doing theory, and one critical research. Our students have then come together to brief each other and create presentations, analysing the primary sources they found. By doing so, we encourage our students to work through the implications of their analysis (and the importance of the materials they found), with the help of the module leader.
To some extent, this depends on the modules which you choose to study. Each module has a set minimum number of timetabled hours that you will be expected to attend, but these differ depending upon the way in which each module has been designed.
In each year, you will take a number of Liberal Arts core modules and you will choose a selection of optional modules (these may be in Liberal Arts, or they may be taught by other departments). Our Liberal Arts modules (both core and optional) are typically arranged around weekly two-hour workshops that are mandatory, but there will be a range of other mandatory and optional events associated with particular modules: film screenings, research seminars, student-led discussion groups, and tutor office hours.
In your first year, you will take three Liberal Arts core modules, so you can expect to attend timetabled sessions for approximately four to eight hours per week for your Liberal Arts core modules. In addition to this, across Term 1 you will attend a weekly one-hour lecture/workshop for ten weeks as an introduction to Liberal Arts education. In your first year you will also have the oppotunity to take: the Certificate of Digital Literacy which involves attendance at a weekly hour-long workshop for ten weeks of Term 1; the Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement which involves 20 workshop hours over 1 week plus a work placement in Term 3 and the summer; and the Certificate of Sustainability which involves two workshops in Term 3.
In addition to the Liberal Arts core modules, you will choose optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests. Some of these modules may be run by our Liberal Arts Department, but others will be taught by other departments - this largely depends on your specific interests. Other departments may use different teaching and assessment methods, and offerings may involve more or less formal teaching time per week than the Liberal Arts core modules. You can find information about minimum number of timetabled hours for these modules on departmental websites.
Generally speaking (and to give you an idea of your workload), you should expect to spend ten hours of study (timetabled and non-timetabled contact with tutors and private study or self-directed study) per unit of credit. Since undergraduate bachelor’s degrees typically comprise 360 credits, this means that over the standard academic year you will be engaged in approximately 3,600 hours of study. Therefore, most of your time will be spent out of the classroom; you are expected to read, explore, and discuss with your peers and tutors outside of formally timetabled sessions.
Warwick has a range of study facilities and areas for private and group study work. Study spaces include, but are not limited to:
- The Library
- The Learning Grid, University House
- The Learning Grid, Rootes
- The Learning Grid, Leamington
- IATL spaces
We also have our own common room in the Liberal Arts Department where our students can meet for group work.
Since March 2020, we have been hosting a virtual Liberal Arts common room. This is a group on Microsoft Teams that includes all Liberal Arts students and staff, designed to offer academic and pastoral support to students during the challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Liberal Arts at Warwick, original knowledge generation is at the heart of what our students do. With a foundation of research training from your first year, we’ll support you in participating in student research activities within and beyond the classroom.
In the classroom
Our Liberal Arts degree has several research-based modules to help you develop your research skills:
This first-year core module has research-based assessments, such as archival analysis (15%), and an analysis of a painting (15%) and a film (15%).
A 3,000-word research project accounts for 40% of the module mark for this second-year core module.
This optional Liberal Arts module aims to develop your “advanced critical thinking skills, academic writing, presentation skills, and both individual and group research skills” through various critical pieces of assessment.
By the end of this optional Liberal Arts module you’ll be able to demonstrate:
- Advanced cognitive skills such as critical analysis, source-text analysis, qualitative research methods and communication skills;
- Meta-cognitive skills such as: planning how to approach a learning task and identifying the appropriate strategies to solve a problem; and
- The ability to use and combine a range of methodologies in order to analyse sources in cultural and historical perspective.
A 3,000-word research project accounts for 55% of the module mark.
This final-year core module requires you to bring together the approaches to critical thinking and research that you learned on the Liberal Arts course and to apply them to a problem you have identified from your chosen Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest. The main aim of the module is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to think across disciplines and produce an original piece of research.
Beyond the classroom
Our students have previously been involved in a whole range of research activities, including contributing to the academic Reinvention journal, presenting research at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research, and carrying out research projects through the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme.
We have devised an assessment strategy that allows you to develop your expertise in addressing problems using a variety of perspectives from the Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences. We will teach you to use a range of research methods, and this will equip you with a solid foundation from which you can approach contemporary problems critically and creatively. Consequently, the range of assessments on this degree combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance).
For example, in the first year of the degree you will take the Art and Revolution core module where you'll explore archives, analyse films and still artwork, practice developing research questions, and conduct in-depth research: all through the transdisciplinary perspectives of Liberal Arts at Warwick. Conversely, in the first-year core module Science, Society, and the Media you will produce data analysis, critique case studies and engage in practical activities, as part of the formal assessment.
In addition, during the course you will produce short critical essays, analyses and written reviews – some of which may be in the form of contributions to online blogs and forums - research papers, reflective journals and portfolios and oral presentations. You will contribute to group projects and deliver extended pieces of writing (for the final year Dissertation) as well as sit mid and end of year short tests and traditional end of year written examinations. You might choose to present your work in a public forum such as the British Conference of Undergraduate Research or the International Conference of Undergraduate Research. You will also have the opportunity to design your own research-based assessments. Some of our students have even published their research in academic journals.
You can get an idea of the assessment methods for our Liberal Arts core and optional modules on our module pages.
The methods of assessment across the course as a whole vary according to the optional modules that you choose each year and therefore the route that you follow through the course. For example, if you follow the Disciplinary Interest: Life Sciences pathway, you may also undertake laboratory-based assessments.
Through our varied assessment methods in our Liberal Arts core modules, you will have the opportunity to try things out, experiment, learn and adjust. Our assessments are continuous and this means you won't have one final exam at the end of the year. Instead, you will complete lots of assessments that have a lower impact on your overall grades, allowing you to experiment and learn from your experiences. We’ll also provide you with detailed and constructive feedback on your assessments, to help you develop and demonstrate a full range of knowledge, skills, competences and graduate attributes.
Liberal Arts core modules
- Principles and Praxis: unassessed
- Art and Revolution: 75% coursework, 10% practical work, 15% in-class examination
- Science, Society, and the Media: 45% exam, 30% coursework, 25% practical work
- Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research: 100% coursework
You will choose optional modules from a wide range of modules offered by departments across the University. The ratio of coursework to exams will vary according to which modules you choose.
Liberal Arts core modules
- Consumption: 90% coursework, 10% practical work
- Sustainability: 40% exam, 45% coursework, 15% practical work
Optional (pathway) modules
You will take modules which correspond to your chosen Disciplinary Interest/Specialist Interest pathway. The ratio of coursework to exams will vary according to which modules you take on your pathway.
Liberal Arts core module
- Dissertation: 100% coursework
Optional (pathway) modules
You will take modules which correspond to your chosen Disciplinary Interest/Specialist Interest pathway. The ratio of coursework to exams will vary according to which modules you take on your pathway.
Yes. A number of the Liberal Arts core modules in the first and second year have an examined component alongside written and practical elements of assessment such as essays, group productions and presentations. The Liberal Arts core module in the final year is a dissertation for which there is no examination. Depending upon which Disciplinary Interest/Specialist Interest pathway you follow, you may be required to take exams in the modules required for your chosen pathway.
Yes, the assessments you complete in all three years on this course will count towards your final degree classification. For the 2020-21 academic year, your first year will account for 10% of the final average, your second year will account for 40% of the final average, and your final year will account for 50% of the final average.
If you take an intercalated year abroad in your third year, the grades you achieve abroad will not count directly towards your final degree awarded by Warwick. If you pass the year abroad, your degree classification will show that you studied ‘BA (Hons) Liberal Arts with Intercalated Year’.
A core module is a compulsory course of study which you are required to take as part of our degree programme. Our Liberal Arts core modules are taken by all students on the BA in Liberal Arts degree, regardless of their chosen Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest pathway.
In your Liberal Arts core modules you will interact closely with other Liberal Arts students, learning how to analyse a range of issues and contemporary global problems from a variety of perspectives and using different analytical methods to investigate and evaluate the evidence and the solutions offered. In your final year, you will bring together the knowledge, techniques and skills that you have acquired throughout the course in the Liberal Arts core module – the Dissertation/Final Year Project.
You'll study four Liberal Arts core modules (75 credits in total):
- Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis (0 credits)
- Art and Revolution (30 credits)
- Science, Society, and the Media (30 credits)
- Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research (15 credits)
If you're interested in a quantitative or mixed-methods pathway, you'll also have the opportunity to take our Liberal Arts optional core module, Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research (15 credits).
You'll study two Liberal Arts core modules (60 credits in total):
You'll study one Liberal Arts core module (30 credits in total):
Dissertation/Final year project (30 credits)
Our course is constructed around Problem-Based-Learning (PBL). This means that you learn about a subject through analysis of a problem and consideration and evaluation of the different approaches to viewing the problem and solutions to it.
You learn how to do this on the Liberal Arts core modules. For example, in the second year Consumption module, you'll look at a range of problems associated with the global issue of Consumption from historical, social and cultural perspectives. You'll examine how Consumption has been understood, debated and represented in different kinds of texts (e.g. critical theory, social research, creative and cultural expressions, policy briefs, media items, and marketing and advertising).
Examining the problem from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, you will learn how to use a range of key analytical tools to explore the issues and evaluate the different approaches.
The Liberal Arts core modules also teach you key research skills required to investigate issues. In your final year Liberal Arts core module, the Dissertation/Final Year Project, you will be able to choose a problem/Big Question in which you are particularly interested. You will develop a thesis around it and use the analytical and research skills developed in the Liberal Arts core modules to conduct independent research and then present your findings, conclusions, and ideas.
After you've accounted for the core Liberal Arts modules, the remaining credits each year (you need a total of 120 credits each year) are made up from your own choice of optional modules. In your second and final years, these modules will relate to the Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest pathway that you choose at the end of your first year. You will have the opportunity to study optional modules from across the University, with guidance from your personal tutor and our Director of Student Experience.
If, however, you enjoy the multi-faceted approaches of our own specialist academic team in our Department, we have a range of engaging Liberal Arts optional modules. These modules are built on the interdisciplinary principles of the programme, which can be incorporated into your chosen degree pathway.
For all Warwick students there are some restrictions and it may not always be possible to get every first-choice module. For example, some optional modules will require you to have studied another module first. In addition, some modules have limited capacity or are reserved for specific degree programmes. However, we'll always work with you to help you build a pathway that meets your interests and needs.
In your first year, we will spend a lot of time with you in your Liberal Arts core modules showing you how you can take on a different kind of role in the optional modules you will select from across the University. We will teach you how to quickly acquire the knowledge you need, deploy your existing knowledge in a flexible way, and play a leadership role in the classroom. These are the key skills of Problem-Based Learning.
Yes. As a Liberal Arts student you may choose to take a language module with Warwick’s Language Centre as one of your optional modules in your first year, or as an optional module related to your Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest pathway in your second and final years. The Language Centre’s modules are free to undergraduate students who register formally and take them as part of their degree course.
If you decide that you want to learn a language, but not as part of your degree course, you can do so by paying a fee.
For further information about studying a language module, please see the Language Centre’s FAQs page.
The Language Centre's modules are offered at a range of levels from beginners to advanced, depending on the language. There are accelerated options for those who wish to develop their language skills at a faster pace.
A pathway is the route which you choose to take through your degree course. Our course is very flexible because you can choose your own Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest and take optional modules which correspond to that interest, thereby creating your own individual path through the course.
Among the team of academic tutors on the BA Liberal Arts we have a dedicated Director of Student Experience (DSE) who will be on hand to guide you as you consider the subjects available and decide which one, if any, you would like to specialise in during your second and final year. Our DSE will also help you decide on the most appropriate Specialist Interest pathway.
A discipline is a traditional academic subject for study at university such as History, Economics or Biology. At the end of your first year, you may decide that you wish to focus your study on a particular discipline and take optional modules from that subject area alongside your Liberal Arts core modules.
You can choose from the following Disciplinary Interests:
- Film and Television Studies
- Life Sciences
- Theatre and Performance Studies
If there are subjects you would like to study that are not listed here, you may still be able to specialise in them; please send an email to liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk for more details.
If you choose a Disciplinary Interest, you will take modules in that subject in your second and final years and will develop specialist knowledge which you can use to address the problems and issues explored in our Liberal Arts core modules or on other Big Questions that are of particular concern to you.
For example, if you choose the Disciplinary Interest: Philosophy pathway, you will be able to bring the knowledge of philosophical thought and theory and your skills of philosophical thinking gained in your Philosophy modules to a consideration of the problem of Consumption that is studied in your second year Liberal Arts core module. In choosing your own Disciplinary Interest, you are able to tailor the course to suit your own intellectual leanings and fascinations.
Towards the end of your first year (usually at the end of Term 2), you will be asked to declare a Disciplinary Interest. Please note that you may be required to demonstrate competence in a particular subject – or a related subject - in order to be able to follow some disciplinary pathways. Our tutors will be on hand to guide you and help you make your choice.
If you choose a Life Sciences pathway in Liberal Arts, you will take similar pathway modules to those that students take in Life Sciences. You would naturally not have as much of a grounding as a student who did a single honours course, but you will spend 50% of your course in that area of interest: this is equivalent to a joint honours course load (but with generally higher optionality).
A Specialist Interest lets you be fully in charge of your studies, allowing you to design your degree to address a topic or theme based around a transdisciplinary problem. At the end of your first year, you may decide that you wish to focus your study on a particular problem that interests you and take modules from departments across the University which cover that topic.
Examples of Specialist Interest pathways
- Apocalyptic Studies
- Business Ethics
- Conflict, Culture, and Society
- Culture and Identity
- Food Security
- Health and Human Society
- Imagination in Childhood Development
- Social Justice
As with a Disciplinary Interest, you will be able to bring your Specialist Interest knowledge to address the problems and issues explored on the Liberal Arts core modules. In choosing your own Specialist Interest, you can tailor the course to suit your own intellectual leanings and fascinations.
The opportunity to follow a Specialist Interest is a unique feature of the Warwick degree and it will enable you to compete for specific job opportunities in the relevant areas. In addition, these pathways will position you favourably for a number of existing graduate courses.
Towards the end of your first year (usually at the end of Term 2), you will be asked to declare a Specialist Interest. Please note that you may be required to demonstrate competence in a particular subject – or a related subject - in order to be able to follow some Specialist Interest pathways. Our tutors will be on hand to guide you and help you make your choice.
You will have a good deal of flexibility. Although we ask you to decide your pathway at the end of your first year, there is scope to develop and adapt your pathway over time as you develop your Specialist Interest.
Examples of the possible pathways through the course are available on our Pathways pages. These examples show that in addition to your Liberal Arts core modules, in your second and final years you will also take modules which correspond to the Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest that you have chosen.
We encourage you to also have a look at other departments’ module websites and the University's module catalogue to get an idea of the sorts of modules you might be interested in.
Our Director of Student Experience in Liberal Arts is here to work with you and to work for you in your first year. We recognise you will be making a big change in your life as you become part of our exciting community of students and academics. We have several structured systems, processes and spaces in place to provide you with that all-important extra support as you make the transition to life at university. This includes having your own personal tutor to meet with regularly.
"When a person moves to a new country the experience, despite much preparation beforehand, can feel overwhelming. Whether an individual moves to a country with the same first language or not, the process of assimilating the new culture can be a time of great emotional turbulence. This can apply to international students and it is helpful to realise that is quite normal to feel this way." (Warwick Wellbeing Services, Self-Help Resource, Culture shock)
Your personal tutor and our Director of Student Experience in Liberal Arts will be here to support you as you learn to live and work in our community. We will also encourage you to join student societies and sports clubs, where you may find people from your country or background.
If the challenges you may experience in adjusting to a new culture impacts your overall wellbeing in any way, we will be able to refer you to Warwick’s Wellbeing Support Services for professional help and guidance. There are also several self-help resources on the Wellbeing Support Services’ website, including information on how to help yourself if you experience culture shock.
Our department believes strongly in equitable access to education and we will work with you individually to ensure your needs are met. At Warwick, Disability Services are part of our Wellbeing Support Services. Our Disability Services are designed to assist with academic adjustments, as well as provide emotional support and promote wellbeing.
You will be able to book an appointment with the Disability Services team to discuss how best they can help you. For example, they will be able to advise on available funding for support, such as the Disabled Student’s Allowance.
Read the University's Disability Strategy Statement to find out about the work Warwick is doing on disability equality and accessibility.
You may also be interested in:
No, it’s not. In Liberal Arts we certainly encourage our students to consider our study abroad option, and our students who have studied abroad have found it extremely beneficial.
You are automatically enrolled on a three-year course, and if you are going to study abroad we will transfer you to the four-year course once your application to the partner institution is finalised.
There are two routes if you wish to study abroad:
- Intercalated year at a Liberal Arts partner institution: You could spend an intercalated (non-credit bearing) year at one of our specifically selected Liberal Arts partner institutions. We’ve partnered with elite institutions in Europe and Canada, allowing our students to study Liberal Arts programmes which share our passion for rigorous interdisciplinarity and critical thinking. All of our partners use sympathetic (but not identical) approaches towards Liberal Arts.
- Intercalated year at one of Warwick’s partner institutions: You will also have the choice of the University-wide intercalated (non-credit bearing) study abroad year options. Find out more about these options on the University's partner institutions page.
You won’t need to make a decision about studying abroad or enrol onto a year abroad before you arrive at Warwick. Information about studying abroad is provided once you arrive. In Term 1 of your second year (when possible destinations are confirmed), you will be asked if you would like to express your interest in the intercalated study abroad programme.
Yes. Places available at overseas partner institutions are limited and therefore there is a competitive application and selection procedure. If you are interested in studying abroad, you will need to apply during the first term of your second year. More information about the process will be provided to you nearer the time.
In order for us to support your study abroad ambitions, we would expect you to be performing academically at the level of a 2:1 degree classification. We will also consider your motivation in choosing to study abroad.
If you are a Home (i.e. UK) or EU student paying Home/EU tuition fees to Warwick then you will not need a visa to travel to a partner institution in Europe.
If you are studying at Warwick under a non-EEA Tier 4 visa and you decide to go abroad for the third year of the course, you will need to apply – and pay for – an extension to your existing Tier 4 visa. Warwick’s Student Immigration & Compliance team will be able to provide advice on this process.
In all cases, it is your responsibility to have a valid passport which will cover the time of your stay abroad, and to acquire any necessary visas in time to travel.
You are free to study whichever modules or courses offered by the partner institution interest you most, provided that you fulfil the academic requirements. You may decide to continue to take modules that correspond to your Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest, or you may choose something completely different. Your personal tutor at Warwick will be able to guide you in your choice. All of our partners offer a range of options with a level of demand that is at least equal to Warwick’s and they are at an appropriate level. Your choices will need to be approved by your personal tutor at Warwick.
Whilst you are abroad, you will be required to maintain regular contact with Warwick staff as part of your compliance with our Student Attendance and Monitoring Scheme. Your principal point of contact will be your Warwick personal tutor who will be required to approve the courses which you study whilst abroad and will also be available to support you throughout your study abroad experience, particularly if you encounter any issues or have any concerns about your progress. You will maintain regular online contact with Warwick and Warwick tutors may even visit you whilst you are overseas. Towards the end of the year abroad, you will need to advise us on your choices of modules for your final year of study back at Warwick.
You will pay a reduced fee rate to Warwick whilst you are abroad. Please see the Student Finance website for more information.
You pay nothing for tuition to your host institution abroad.
You will be required to pay for your travel to and from the overseas country and you will need to meet your living costs whilst you are there (as you would have to do if you stayed at Warwick). The best way to find out what these costs are is to speak to others who have studied abroad previously in the country to which you would like to travel. The Student Mobility team will be able to help advise.
The intercalated year on our BA Liberal Arts course is optional rather than compulsory and is not part of the ERASMUS scheme which means that you will not be eligible for financial support in the form of travel grants or maintenance loans.
Yes, because you will still be in receipt of services from Warwick whilst you are abroad. For example, you will continue to receive the advice and support of your personal tutor whilst you are abroad and he/she will have to approve the modules which you choose to study whilst you are abroad in order to ensure that they fit in with your Warwick course. You will pay a reduced rate for home fees. Please see the Student Finance website for more information.
Our partner institutions in Europe all teach in English so, in terms of your ability to study whilst abroad, competency in the country’s language is not required. However, you may find it useful from the point of view of your day to day existence in the country to have some knowledge of the main language of communication as this will support you as you interact with people in your daily life and will enhance your experience.
Your host institution abroad may be able to organise your accommodation for you, but you will still need to apply for it.
We offer unique certificates outside of the curriculum as a way of continuing your professional development. These certificates are designed to develop skills identified by employers as being vital for success in the workplace. Your achievement will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report which you can show to employers.
The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is an electronic document issued to you at the end of your studies which records all your academic and non-academic achievements at Warwick, as verified by the University. It includes information about achievements such as volunteering and prizes awarded as well as information about module marks and the Degree Classification awarded. You can show your HEAR to potential employers in order to prove your attainments.
No, it is not compulsory to take a work placement as part of the Liberal Arts degree.
We would strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Liberal Arts team to gain some professional experience during your time at Warwick.
This can be obtained either via our bespoke short term placements programme associated with our Certificate of Professional Communication, or through the intercalated year-long work placement which takes place in your third year.
Our dedicated Employability and Placement Manager can guide you through the entire process from sourcing opportunities, applications, interviews, and supporting you whilst on placement as well as when you return to Warwick.
As part of your degree you will have the option to take part in both short and long work placements which are formally recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report. The two work placement options are:
Intercalated year-long work placement
You will complete a four-year degree and your work placement will take place in your third year. The work placement can take place in the UK or globally and after completion, you will return to university for your final year.
Short work placement
As part of the Certificate of Professional Communication, you will undertake a short four-week work placement which takes place during the summer.
For the intercalated year-long work placement you need to pass your second year.
For the short work placement associated with the Certificate of Professional Communication, there are no requirements.
Yes. We really encourage our students to engage in as many work experience opportunities as possible. This can be outside of the short work placement attached to the Certificate of Professional Communication and the intercalated year-long work placement.
As our students have very diverse interests, they have chosen to go on to complete very different types of work placements in the past. Our students have been successful in securing work placements with employers from the private, public, and third sectors. This includes:
- Research institutions
- Governmental bodies
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- The health sector
Our students have undertaken diverse roles including:
- Marketing Assistant
- Project Officer
Yes. On campus you will be able to apply for jobs via Warwick's own employment agency, Unitemps. There are also other opportunities for part-time work, such as through Warwick’s Welcome Service and our Students’ Union. You can find out more information about part-time work here.
We have a dedicated Employability and Placement Manager in Liberal Arts who will provide you with one-to-one careers guidance. They work in collaboration with employers, so you will be supported in securing appropriate work placements. You will have access to specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation, as well as on-going support during your placement.
The University also has a Student Opportunity team which offers a range of services designed to support you as you think about and plan your future. These range from one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser who can provide advice on developing your C.V. and making applications, careers fairs, employer presentations, mock job interviews, providing information about opportunities to help you get work experience (e.g. through volunteering schemes or internship programmes both in the U.K. and abroad), and access to relevant networks and workshops to help you to acquire and hone the skills which employers value. Take a look at the website for more details of the services available.
Our Liberal Arts degree will equip you with a range of transferrable and practical skills including: highly developed analytical thinking, creative problem-solving and communicating skills which will support you in securing a job after graduation. These skills are highly valued by employers across a range of industries, from the public, private, and third sectors in the UK and globally.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement so you can experience the working world and gain a competitive advantage over other graduates. There are a number of different career paths available to you including: careers in teaching, creative arts, media, law, business, marketing and governance
Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of postgraduate degree programmes. Our students often use their pathway to prepare for specific postgraduate degrees, allowing them to have an advantage over other graduates who have completed more traditional broad discipline-based studies. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate degrees in law, international relations and security, education/teacher training, film studies, business/management, gender studies, and literary studies.
Once you have responded to UCAS and placed Warwick as either your Firm or Insurance choice, you will be able to apply for accommodation at Warwick. Please see the University’s accommodation page where they will publish further information about when applications for accommodation will open.
Please visit our Offer holders page for a list of our recommended readings. The books listed on this page are by no means compulsory reading and you are not required to buy these books before you begin the course. However, if you have the time to and you would like to prepare for the course, we hope you enjoy our recommendations.
If you receive an offer from Warwick, you will receive an email inviting you to join OurWarwick, the University’s online social platform exclusive to offer holders. You will be able to talk to other offer holders and current students via this platform.
Stay in touch with us! We're happy to work with you one-to-one to help you think about what you might want to do during your time with us. You can email us on: liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk.
If you have a question about Liberal Arts or life at Warwick, please send us an email: liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk.
We're also hosting online live chats where you can speak to our Director of Student Experience and current Liberal Arts students, who'll be happy to answer any of your questions about Liberal Arts at Warwick. Register for one of our upcoming live chats.
We are more than happy for you to speak to one of our current students. Please send us an email and we will be able to arrange this for you: liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk.