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Course summary

Our new BA in Liberal Arts combines the expertise of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to provide a unique multi-disciplinary programme at central London's only campus-based university. This programme combines an innovative and research-driven curriculum grounded within the distinct, established areas of academic specialisation and excellence found within the constituent schools of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The programme provides distinct tracks or 'majors' that facilitate greater flexibility in module choice and a broader basis than in degrees in single or joint subjects, alongside the development of an intellectual and disciplinary focus as you progress through your degree. You will benefit from engaging with a range of subjects from different disciplinary perspectives, including the study of a foreign language during your first year (whether as a beginner or building on existing competence). As well as practical language study, you will work on related aspects of literature, culture, history, society and linguistics. The three themes include: Language and Culture. This area involves the continued study of a modern language in each year. As a compulsory part of the programme for all students taking this major or minor, you spend a year abroad, in a country or countries where the language you are studying is spoken - you can study at a university, or take up a work placement (opportunities vary). Global Cultures. This area spans comparative cultural and intercultural studies, as well as area studies of specific regions and nations from all over the world, both contemporary and historical. Interactions: Societies and Cities. This area takes in social science and ideological and critical approaches to human activity, together with metropolitan studies including modules in which you can use London as a resource for exploring contemporary issues, from a range of disciplines. Our BA Liberal Arts programme combines the academic expertise across the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film together with the School of English and Drama, the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Geography, the School of History and the School of Economics and Finance.


The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. Within your first year of BA study (second year for foundation students), students will study across all tracks and be supported by an academic advisor to select the best major and minor routes for their following years. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks. YEAR 1 All routes 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese) 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language 15 credits option from Global Cultures: Geography in the World Cities and Regions in Transition Global Worlds Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800 Building the American Nation:1776-1896 Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801 Europe in a Global Context since 1800 Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History Screening History: Representing the past in the Contemporary Historical Film  London/Culture/Performance London Global Myth, Modernity and Metamorphoses Understanding Culture: Exploring the Big Questions Introduction to Comparison Brief Encounters: Around the World in Short Stories US Cinema: Key Concepts Introduction to International Relations Global Histories 15 credits option from any of the three tracks 15 credits Discovery module Language and Culture Theme electives: Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800 Europe in a Global Context since 1800 Postcolonial Francospheres: Memories of colonialism un the French-Speaking World Picturing a Nation: France and its image from Marianne to #JesuisCharlie Catalan Culture: Art, Literature and Football Men, Women and Song: Love Poetry in the Middle Ages German Play Germany Today Austria Today Language in the UK Foundations of Language Typology I: Languages of the World Rio de Janeiro on the Global Stage and Imaginary Contemporary Russian Short Stories History of Russian Russian Language Play Reading Contemporary Russian Deconstructing 'China' in the Western Imagination Chinese Short Fiction Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Assessment method

Assessment is varied and will take a number of forms within the programme, typically a combination of written exams and coursework, final-year dissertations, and independent projects.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

All applicants to Queen Mary must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course. Please refer to the website below for details on our English Language requirements by course and acceptable alternative qualifications. You will also find important information regarding UKVI's English requirements if you are applying as an international student and will require a Student Visa to enter the UK.

Queen Mary University of London: English Language Requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Our most recent information regarding tuition fees can be found at
Liberal Arts with Year Abroad at Queen Mary University of London - UCAS