University of Nottingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Liberal Arts

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Course summary

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Today's world is complex. To solve its problems depends on a range of knowledge and skills. No one has it all, but the better you can communicate yours, and recognise the value of others', the more you'll succeed. Liberal Arts allows you to:

  • follow your passions
  • explore new areas
  • develop the skills to lead, manage and change society
Subject choice Choose modules for 18 different subject areas covering:
  • arts
  • humanities
  • languages and cultures
  • social sciences
  • politics
  • maths
There are no defined pathways. We'll support you to build a coherent programme that meets your needs. Core modules Our core modules develop your interdisciplinary knowledge and skills:
  • team working
  • exposure to subjects beyond your own
  • communicating to people who know little about your specialisms
  • connecting information and combining methods
Community You'll be part of a distinct Liberal Arts community:
  • work together thorough group and project work and field trips
  • share experiences as part of the Liberal Arts Society
At the same time join in with:
  • your subject-specific societies
  • wider university life
  • the dynamic city of Nottingham

Course details


In your first year, in you core modules (40 credits), you will work with your cohort to look at causes and solutions to major global challenges. You will also select optional modules (80 credits) that cover your interests and ambitions. You can choose from over 18 different subject areas. The Liberal Arts team will help you to select modules that meet your interests and ambitions. With such an extensive range not all module combinations are possible. There are two sets of protected modules in most subjects where we have spaces reserved. Optional modules are usually available, but it will depend on avoiding timetable clashes, your need need for existing subject knowledge, and demand on place. In year two you'll follow the same balance of core and subject modules as year one. This allows you to build on existing interests or investigate new ones as you learn and develop. The balance between core and optional modules is maintained in the third year. Module choice is again extensive across the 18 subject areas. You'll also develop advanced interdisciplinary skills and have the option to create original academic research through a dissertation. Depending on your Modern Language and Cultures language module choices in years 1 and 2 you may be able to spend your third year abroad. This will be in a country where the language you've studied is the main one. You will then return and complete a fourth year in Nottingham where the usual Liberal Arts year 3 structure will apply. The Liberal Arts course has a strong global focus so you will have the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can study a language for its own sake or because it complements another subject you are studying. Language learning can be independent of any Modern Languages and Cultures modules. You will also collaborate with Natural Sciences students on projects involving issues such as food security or artificial intelligence. Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award. You can also spend time overseas through the University of Nottingham Study Abroad programme.

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

GCSE English numerical grade 4.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19000* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £19000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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