Liberal Arts


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

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 natural sciences students.

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


How will I study?

Core modules

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.

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

Optional modules

You will choose from a wide range of subject areas 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.

The confirmed optional subject areas are:

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.

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



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
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

Owing to the global outlook of the course, you are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the many study abroad opportunities offered by the University of Nottingham.

As well as the opportunity to spend part of your degree studying or working in a number of European countries through the Erasmus programme, you can take part in activities alongside our China or Malaysia campuses, or if you choose a modern languages subject area, a year abroad in a country or countries related to your chosen language(s).


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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