Faculty of Arts

Liberal Arts programme - BA Hons Y002

An exciting new degree, starting in 2018, for strong, ambitious students who are interested in:

  • acquiring a comprehensive education in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • developing skills that are valued across a range of sectors.

This course provides the flexibility and breadth of study for the next generation of global entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders. 

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Ross Wilson

Liberal Arts is the most rewarding degree you can undertake. It encourages you to think differently, to approach problems from a variety of angles and to think about issues on a global scale.

Your degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Nottingham will enrich your knowledge, skills, experiences and employability and enable you to shape the future.


Ross Wilson, Director of Liberal Arts


Study options

An innovative blend of:

  • core Liberal Arts modules
  • at least 12 subject pathways
  • language learning options
  • study abroad opportunities.

This tailored approach allows students to explore their interests and aspirations within a framework of problem-solving, enquiry and exploration.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry is AAA at A-level. 

The English pathway requires ‘A’ or ‘A*’ in A-Level English, or equivalent.

The Maths pathway requires ‘A’ or ‘A*’ in A-Level Maths, or equivalent.

We may also accept alternative qualifications.


Do you have a query about the course? Email LiberalArts@nottingham.ac.uk

Zoe Charlery (BA Politics and American Studies with International Study) on what it's like studying at Nottingham.

I can only describe my experience at the University of Nottingham as life-affirming. Through the great selection of modules available, I have gained an excellent insight into what areas of study and practice I would like to pursue in my future career. I've also had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for a year.

Core Liberal Arts modules

The core modules contribute 40 credits to the 120 annual course credits. 

Introduction to Liberal Arts

An introduction to the history of liberal arts education and overview of the global opportunities provided by a skills-intensive, culturally-rich liberal arts degree. 


Critical Thinking from a Global Perspective

Investigates the construction and presentation of information allowing students to critically assess the arguments, reasoning, facts and logics behind it. Includes insight on differing global perspectives on knowledge and knowing.


Leading, Learning and Exchange

A unique alternative to traditional work placements. Provides opportunities for students to apply their evolving knowledge and skills to real-world situations. It matches students with researchers, charities, organisations or groups who work on global challenges and enables them to direct their skills directly to a particular issue. With a focus on global contexts and third sector partners it helps to define students as engaged citizens.


Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Global Challenges

Allows students to engage with our world-leading research community; our world-leading researchers to translate their global research into teachable methodologies that students can apply to their own projects and research.


Synoptic Module

Students tackle various problems and issues integrated in teams alongside our Natural Science students. The cross-disciplinary nature brings challenging perspectives and unique opportunities to develop innovative solutions.


Ethical Futures

An opportunity to engage with ethical challenges through formulating questions, engaging with others and working towards solutions. Research focussed while exploring the social responsibility of institutions, governments and other public bodies.


The modules we offer may change due to, for example, research developments or legislation changes. 

Learn a language

As part of their course, students will also have the opportunity to develop their global communication skills and cultural awareness through our Language Centre.

There are currently ten language options available, from beginners to near-native competence depending on the language chosen and existing ability.


Subject pathways

Students will be able to choose modules from a range of subject pathways. This provides the option of:

  • continuing study of two or more subjects at university level
  • focussing on a single subject in greater depth
  • concentrating on one subject while exploring other ares of interest.

The confirmed subject pathways are:

The combined subject pathway modules contribute 80 credits to the 120 annual course credits. 

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Due to the cross-subject nature of the programme timetabling restrictions mean that not all combinations of core modules, subject pathways and language learning may be possible.

Students will be able to forge their own unique pathways of learning by choosing courses from various disciplines. A well-designed core curriculum will enable students to balance broad exploration with in-depth learning.

Liberal Arts students learn to think laterally and become life-long learners, who are able to navigate with ease the rapid pace of change in the world today.


Uditi Sen, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

Uditi Sen

Study abroad

As a globally focussed university we have a long history of supporting our students to study abroad as part of their degree. There is a range of options giving students the opportunity to experience diverse cultures, strengthen language abilities and cultivate a global outlook.

Study abroad website


Liberal Arts graduates will be well prepared to engage with global challenges across multiple sectors.

Students will develop the ability to:

  • think critically
  • solve complex problems
  • adapt to change
  • communicate effectively
  • think globally.

These are the broad, cross-disciplinary skills and perspectives increasingly valued by employers in an interconnected economy.

Whether your career develops along your subject pathway specialisation or you take a wider approach you will be equipped to lead and thrive.

Careers and employability service


Do you have a query about the course? Email LiberalArts@nottingham.ac.uk

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Faculty of Arts

University of Nottingham
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