Liberal Arts


At a glance

  • Combine arts, humanities and social sciences subjects
  • Opportunities to study abroad 
  • Study tailored to your own interests and aspirations

Undergraduate courses


What is liberal arts?

This is an exciting degree for ambitious students interested in acquiring a comprehensive education while developing skills valued across a range of sectors. Offering depth and breadth of study across multiple disciplines, it focuses on enhancing your employability in a global context, aiming to prepare the political, intellectual, and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

With a foundation of core modules, our liberal arts course allows you the flexibility to construct a tailored programme of complementary modules from a wide range of arts, humanities and social science disciplines. The cross-disciplinary nature of the course is further enhanced by shared activities with students from the natural sciences.

In addition you will have the opportunity to learn a language, and to spend some time overseas.


How will I study?

You will receive bespoke training in small groups, with a focus on cross-cultural problem solving for an interconnected world, putting core skills into practice and working beyond the constraints of a single discipline.

In addition to the core teaching, you will choose from a wide range of subject pathways from around the University, enabling you to tailor your interests to your career aspirations. The curriculum draws upon our world-leading researchers engaged in working on global challenges.



As a liberal arts graduate you will be well prepared to engage with global challenges across multiple sectors. You will be able to think critically, solve complex problems, adapt to change, communicate effectively, and cultivate a global outlook.

Our Careers and Employability Service has a team dedicated to students within the Faculty of Arts. They will be on hand to offer you specialist support and guidance throughout your degree and for life after you graduate.

In 2016, 93.3% of undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,203 with the highest being £38,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(The Graduate Market in 2013-2016, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

We offer opportunities to study abroad in Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and the United States.

Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.*

* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.


Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry qualifications, including mature students, may be invited to an interview.  

Open days

Offer-holder days for students offered a place are normally held from late January to March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or for dates of our open days visit  
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