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. You'll have the guidance of our experienced transdisciplinary academics each step of the way.
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 and develop your own distinctive stance.
We deliver our core Liberal Arts modules using Problem-Based Learning workshops. These are defined by student-led research-based inquiry. There are no formal lectures - instead you'll spend your time in the classroom debating, framing, and presenting research questions and interventions. Your specific interests guide this learning method. So content, explored through in-depth case studies, changes depending on the student cohort.
“A Problem-Based Learning classroom is a lively space of discussion where students have gone out, conducted their own independent research, shared their ideas with each other and together worked as part of a team to produce a response which we then unpick collectively and explore further."
Dr Kirsten Harris | Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
Structure and focus
At the end of your first year you’ll choose a unique pathway through your degree. On your pathway, you'll gain in-depth knowledge whilst working with experts across the University. You'll have the opportunity to apply the skills developed in our core modules to your pathway modules. This will give you a deeper and more critical understanding of your chosen options.
Your pathway offers you flexibility when thinking about which modules fit your interests. Do you want to reinvent how we see the past? Or, are you concerned with how we build the future? You’ll put together modules that give you the knowledge, skills, and expertise to be a leader in your area of interest. We’ll work with you to help you construct a degree that aligns with what matters to you.
Study abroad partnerships
Do you want to extend your learning and broaden your perspective by studying overseas? If so, we can support you to apply for a year's study abroad at a leading university. We’ve partnered with elite institutions in Europe and Canada, allowing our students to study Liberal Arts programmes that share our passion for rigorous interdisciplinarity and critical thinking.
We've embedded your professional development in our programme. You'll have the opportunity to take certificates designed to develop skills identified by employers as being vital for success in the workplace. You'll also have the opportunity to engage in work placements and begin to build your professional networks. Our department's Employability and Placement Manager is here to support you, providing one-to-one careers guidance.
Dedicated expert academics
Our academics in the Liberal Arts Department are passionate about liberal education and are experts in a range of subject areas. They’re also specialists in research-led teaching and learning; they publish and lecture regularly on the teaching methods used here at Warwick. All of our academics in the Liberal Arts Department are accredited as Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Our experience in transdisciplinary 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. From your first year we'll help you to build a toolkit of foundational primary and secondary research skills. We’ll support you in joining our previous students in producing, publishing, and presenting research beyond the bounds of the classroom.
“The International Conference of Undergraduate Research is a chance to learn in multiple senses. You present your own research in an interdisciplinary setting, and you also learn from your peers presenting. I enjoyed learning things that lay outside the disciplines I have explored in Liberal Arts.”
Ceara | Liberal Arts graduate
Our students take part in a range of research activities, including:
- Contributing to the academic Reinvention journal;
- Presenting research at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research;
- Undertaking research projects through Warwick's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme.
You’ll join our friendly, supportive, and inclusive community. We have 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 reform to our course design 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.
overall satisfaction for Liberal Arts students at Warwick
(The National Student Survey 2020)
Warwick is ranked 7th overall among UK research universities
(Research Excellence Framework, 2014, the most recent UK-wide assessment)
of our Liberal Arts students agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
(The National Student Survey 2020)