Faculty of Arts

Liberal Arts programme - BA Hons Y002

An exciting new degree, starting in 2018, for academically 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

BA 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
  • modules from 15 different subject areas
  • 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.

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

Want to apply?

Our UCAS course code is Y002.

Apply now



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 Sciences 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.


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.

Subject areas

As well as the core liberal arts modules students will be able to choose modules from a wide range of subject areas. This provides the option of:

  • continuing study of two or more subjects at university level
  • concentrating on one subject while exploring other areas of interest.

The confirmed subject areas are:

The combined subject area and language option modules contribute 80 credits to the 120 annual course credits. 

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

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A global outlook

A global perspective is at the very heart of the course.

From the modules you study to the problems you tackle and the world-class researchers you engage with you will develop a way of thinking that helps you appreciate other cultures and understand other people's perspectives.

To help you achieve this we will provide opportunities to help you gain practical skills and international experience.

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to develop your global communication skills and cultural awareness through our Language Centre.

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



Study abroad

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.

Our study abroad website outlines the range of options available.

If you choose a modern languages subject area you have the option of a year abroad in a country or countries related to your chosen language(s).



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

You will be able to forge your own unique pathways of learning by choosing courses from various disciplines. A well-designed core curriculum will enable you 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

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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.

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry is AAA at A-level. 

  • Selecting English modules requires A or A* in A Level English, or equivalent.
  • Selecting mathematics modules requires A or A* in A Level maths, or equivalent.
  • Selecting music modules requires A in A level music or music technology, or equivalent. 

We may also accept alternative qualifications.


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Our UCAS course code is Y002

Apply now





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

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