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Liberal Arts (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

With our focus on independent research and transdisciplinary approaches, Liberal Arts at Warwick is designed for the most ambitious, energetic, and self-driven students - the next generation of leaders, creators, and top thinkers.

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Our distinctive course places your unique interests and experiences at the centre of a structured programme, designed to help you get the most from your time in and out of the classroom. Unconstrained by the traditional limitations of disciplinary studies, you'll draw on knowledge and methods from across the humanities, the social and natural sciences to address the specific complex problems of interest to you.

Our problem-based learning approach means you’ll become an active producer of ideas. You’ll also have opportunities to gain certificates demonstrating relevant professional skills, giving you the edge when it comes to employability. Studying with us also means you will have the opportunity to study abroad at a leading institution.

Year 1

Two content-focused modules, two research training modules, plus between one and three optional modules from within the department or across the University. An optional Certificate in Digital Literacy is also available.

Year 2

Two core modules in Liberal Arts, constituting half the workload for the year; the remaining half is made up by modules from the chosen disciplinary interest or specialist interest area. A presentation at an undergraduate conference is required, with two optional professional development Certificates.

Final year

Core Liberal Arts component is a dissertation or practical project; remaining modules are from chosen disciplinary interest or specialist interest area. An assessment in a public-facing forum is required.

An intercalated year between year 2 and final year is available.

All Liberal Arts modules are delivered using Problem-Based Learning workshops, which are defined by student-led research-based inquiry. There are no formal lectures, and students instead spend their time in the classroom debating, framing, and presenting research questions/responses. This is an active learning method that relies on specific student interests, and so content (explored through in-depth case studies) changes depending on the student cohort.

Contact hours

Core Liberal Arts modules in the first and second year consist of one x 2 hour workshop per week. Most modules run over terms 1 and 2 and therefore have around 44 hours of teaching contact time. This is supplemented by regular out-of-classroom activities, including film screenings, skills sessions, discussion groups, reading groups, and field trips. Additionally, second year core modules have 6 hours of research support/revision in addition to scheduled teaching sessions.

Class size

Class sizes range from 4 to 18 students, with an average of 12 students in most core modules.

Liberal Arts assessments are designed to be authentic learning experiences, not barriers to overcome. No assessment is worth more than 50% of a module’s total mark, and assessment types vary widely to support the development of a range of academic and professional skills.

The Liberal Arts department has exclusive partnerships with a number of specialist Liberal Arts Colleges across Europe (Jacobs University, Bremen; Leiden University College, Leuphana University, Luneburg; University College Freiburg). You are able to spend a full year studying at one of these specialist colleges. The primary language of instruction at all of our partner institutions is English.

In addition to achieving the learning outcomes of the specific modules which you study whilst abroad, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the social, political, economic and historical environment in another country through your experience of studying abroad, in particular gaining an appreciation of the approach taken to Liberal Arts education by another leading European institution and the cultural context in which it is delivered and understood. Although you will be taught in English, it is anticipated that through living and studying in abroad you will acquire some foreign language ability. You may opt to study abroad at one of the University of Warwick's partners (e.g. through the ERASMUS scheme).

An intercalated year is available at a partner institution after Year 2, adding a year to the duration of your course. This can include a work placement defined by the student and supported by the department. Alternatively, an optional supported internship scheme or work placement can be undertaken in the summer of Year 2, connected with our bespoke Certificate of Professional Communication.

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A level: AAA, plus grade B/grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE

  • IB: 38 including English and Mathematics

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

  • Liberal Arts at Warwick will invite qualified applicants to submit a second personal statement following our receipt of your UCAS application. This second statement will ask you to respond to specific prompts, to allow us to determine the most suitable candidates for this unique and highly selective programme. Second statements will be requested directly via email from
  • Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Liberal Arts Principles and Praxis

  • Science, Society and the Media

  • Art and Revolution

  • Qualitative Research Methods

  • Quantitative Research Methods (optional)
Year 2
  • Sustainability

  • Consumption

Final year
  • Dissertation/final project
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity; Discovering Cinema; North America: Themes and Problems; Economics I; Molecules, Cells and Organisms; Environmental Principles of Global Sustainable Development.

Graduate outcomes for liberal arts students worldwide demonstrate a wide range of trajectories: liberal arts graduates tend to gravitate towards research-intensive and/or leadership roles where they can employ their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The Liberal Arts Department has a dedicated Placements' Officer who is able to offer careers guidance, provide information about suitable placement opportunities and support you to secure appropriate work experience. The Placements' Officer gives specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation, and provides on-going support for you whilst on placement. In addition, the Officer delivers the associated Certificate of Professional Communication.

A Liberal Arts degree gives you an opportunity to learn skills that are highly valued in various jobs across many fields. For example in the Media industry many students choose to pursue a career in Journalism (print, radio, TV) and Publishing. Industries such as Sales, Advertising or Public Relations could be appealing to those students who are interested in working in areas related to Marketing. Liberal Arts students may also consider working in Counselling/Psychotherapy, Social Work or as a spiritual leader. In order to become a counsellor or a psychotherapist, students will need to complete a certificate accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Becoming a social worker requires a postgraduate degree which could be undertaken at Warwick.

Other popular career choices for Liberal Arts graduates are Law and Teaching. Students interested in the fields of climate change or sustainability may be suitable for the roles of policy advisers, campaigners, and administrators in the field and our Global Sustainable Development Pathway would be excelllent preparation for such roles.

Entry Requirements

A level AAA plus grade B/grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE

IB 38 including English and Mathematics


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.