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99% of UWTSD’s Historical and Philosophical Studies students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2018.

The new BA in Liberal Arts is a programme of study for those with endless curiosity and a broad range of interests. Liberal Arts students can distribute their study broadly across the disciplines of the Humanities. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme enables you to explore a wider range of thought forms and to develop skills tailored to your interests. Historical studies, cultural engagement and social advocacy, or theological and philosophical reasoning — the BA in Liberal Arts gives you the chance to do it all.  



  • Wide range of modules on relevant topics like the philosophy of mind, the history of genocide, or the literature of Western cultures.  
  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise.
  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  • Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests.
  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

Take a Different Approach to Your Studies

Fancy studying another subject alongside Liberal Arts?

We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in different subject areas. For example, possible Liberal Arts pathways include Politics, Economics, and International Development.

Liberal Arts students are also encouraged to take modules in other subject areas, including: Medieval StudiesEnglishPhilosophyChinese StudiesInternational Development and Global PoliticsAnthropologyHeritage StudiesReligious Studies, and Archaeology.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: HU01
UCAS Code (Foundation): LAF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years full-time; part-time study available

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The BA in the Liberal Arts is a course designed to offer those students with a general interest in the Humanities a broad-based programme of study, that engages with a full breadth of Humanities subjects and disciplines rather than specialising in just one subject area. The first two years of the degree programme are constituted by an innovative education model: two years of 'Basic Studies', which is a broad introduction to Humanities comprising modules from across the various Schools within the Faculty. In these two years the student makes important choices about the course content to follow: through the choice of courses from the four strands of historical inquiry, cultural engagement, practical humanities and the human mind, the students decide to an extent on which areas of Humanities they wish to focus.

From the start you obtain a broad understanding of the Humanities, from which you gradually sharpen your profile into a specialisation in your third year. In the third year, two strands of study are chosen. It is those two specialised strands that are studied in depth and form your Bachelor's degree. This gives students the possibility of a unique interdisciplinary study in the Humanities, creating the best correlation with the student’s professional interests and future job possibilities. Each student is free to choose the two strands which will comprise their Bachelor's degree.

Typical modules include:

  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Post-Excavation and Analysis
  • Death and Burial
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Bronze Age Societies
  • Sex and Violence
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Media, Religion and society
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Continental Philosophy
  • War in History
  • Defenders, Conquerors, Vanquished
  • The Cistercians
  • Rise of Rome
  • History and theory of Genocide
  • Armies and Navies
  • The City of Rome
  • The Holocaust
  • Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the Hundred Years War

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Interdisciplinary in approach
  • Wide student choice over modules and learning strand
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals

Assessment methods

The course draws upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, project work, data management and analyses, document analysis, palaeographic analysis, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting feedback advice on a specific assignment.

All Schools have a dedicated Admissions and Recruitment officer who deals with all UCAS applications. The programme requirements are between 96 and 104 points and above or Access to HE Foundation Degree. However we are keen to judge each application on its merits, and thus will also look at non traditional routes though an interview may be required for this pathway.

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Writing and journalism
  • Teaching
  • Politics
  • Local government
  • Heritage, museum and archive
  • Volunteering

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Field trip module: c. £500-£700

Visiting the University

We hold central undergraduate Open Days throughout the year, the details of which are on the website.  We encourage people to attend these organised events where possible. Open Days include visits to the academic schools, an introduction to the degree courses, the opportunity to talk to academic staff and students, a tour of the campus, including accommodation and other facilities, as well as the chance to ask any questions.  If this is not convenient you are welcome to visit on an individual basis. Our visit days are generally on a Wednesday afternoon. To book a place on a visit day, please see the online booking form on the University website.