Liberal Arts BA


Fact file - 2018 entry

BA Hons Liberal Arts
UCAS code
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
There are no specific subjects required for BA Liberal Arts. However, in addition to the core modules, students choose modules from a minimum of two and maximum of four subject areas. Of the subject areas, the following entry exceptions apply:
  • For the English subject area; A or A* in A level English, or equivalent
  • For the mathematics subject area; A or A* in A level maths, or equivalent
  • For the music subject area;  A in A level music or music technology, or equivalent.
IB score
  • For the English subject area; 6 in English at Higher Level.
  • For the mathematics subject area; 6 in maths at Higher Level.
  • For the music subject area; 5 in music at Higher Level.
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places


Flexibility and breadth of study for the next generation of global entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders.
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This is an exciting new 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 skills and employability, aiming to prepare the political, intellectual, and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

At a glance

  • Study on a programme tailored to your interests and examine a range of methods and approaches across the humanities and social sciences
  • Develop critical and creative ways of thinking within our core liberal arts modules and pursue study options in our partner institutions in Asia, Europe and North America
  • Graduate with a global degree and enhance your aspirations towards an exciting future career

How you will 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 core modules, you will be able to choose modules from a wide range of subject areas, enabling you to tailor your interests to your career aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to study a language. The curriculum draws upon our world-leading researchers who are engaged on global challenges.

Course structure

The 120 annual course credits will comprise:

  • 40 credits of core modules
  • 80 credits from optional and language modules.

You will also share some activities with natural sciences students, including presentations, visiting speakers and conferences.


Entry requirements

A levels: AAA

Other requirements:

  • If you wish to take English modules; A or A* in A level English, or equivalent
  • If you wish to take mathematics modules; A or A* in A level maths, or equivalent
  • If you wish to take music modules; A in A level music or music technology, or equivalent

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

British Council accredited

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.

Alternative qualifications

We recognise that potential students have a wealth of different experiences and follow a variety of pathways into higher education, so we treat applicants with alternative qualifications (besides A-levels and the International Baccalaureate) as individuals, and accept students with a range of less conventional qualifications including:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma

This list is not exhaustive, and we consider applicants with other qualifications on an individual basis. The entry requirements for alternative qualifications can be quite specific; for example you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification.

For more information, please see the alternative qualifications page.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Core Liberal Arts modules

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.

Optional modules

You will be able to select modules from the following areas:

Additional language options as part of your degree

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

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.

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.

See the study abroad website for more information.



As a liberal arts graduate you will be well prepared to engage ethically with global challenges across multiple sectors. 

You 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.

Average starting salary

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.  

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.



Key Information Sets (KIS)

As BA Liberal Arts is a new course for 2018, this data is currently unavailable.  It will become available when the first academic year of the course is complete.
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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