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Liberal Arts is an exciting, novel type of degree in the UK, combining the Humanities and Social Sciences. It has been popular in the USA, Canada and Australia for decades – and its popularity in the UK is growing. While exploring everything from literature and language to politics and history of art, you’ll also hone the skills that employers value.
You aren’t limited to one subject with this degree as we take a multidisciplinary approach to learning and teaching. So you’ll discover the areas that most interest you. Our experts will teach you about a variety of topics, covering a range of global and local issues, from world politics to the development of museums and how they shape local communities.
The diverse nature of this degree means you’ll be taught by academics specialising in a whole host of areas. One day you might be taught by a historical linguist who draws from literature, anthropology, and archaeology. Next, you could be learning about language and thought or the socioeconomic effects of climate change.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
We believe Liberal Arts is a game changer for students who want to explore different areas. We’re proud to be delivering this course as it grows in the UK.
You’ll learn from academics who specialise in many different areas, from creative writing to international relations.
Study surrounded by the rich culture and history of Oxford. During the course, you’ll even dive into texts written, performed, and set in the city.
Freedom to explore
A number of our modules give you the chance to explore the areas that spark your interest.
Spend a year in industry to gain practical experience applying the skills you’ve learnt in your degree or study abroad and experience life in another culture.
If you have studied a foreign language throughout Years 1 and 2, the 4-year Sandwich programme offers the opportunity to go abroad for study at a partner university where you’ll improve your language skills. Alternatively, you could undertake a placement in a business organisation to gain practical work experience.
By choosing the study abroad or placement year option, you will widen your network of contacts, as well as gain confidence and transferable skills for both your course and career.
Why do we vote the way we do? How should we present works of art to the public? Can we use interdisciplinary thinking to solve real-world problems? These are just a few questions you’ll explore as we introduce you to key themes in Liberal Arts – a multidisciplinary approach to culture, literature, politics, and society.
In your second year, we’ll challenge you to think about the future. You’ll look at issues on a local level as well as broader challenges around racism, nationalism and even tourism. Climate change is an important part of the conversation in liberal arts, so we’ll explore how social and environmental justice are intertwined.
After your second year, you’ll have the option to go on placement. This is something we encourage to help you gain practical and meaningful experiences whether you choose to work or study abroad.
In your final year, you’ll have the freedom to choose from a range of modules. For example, you could learn more about the relationship between the mind and brain. Or challenge assumptions about citizenship in a complex and changing world.
Learning and teaching
Your tutors will introduce you to a wide range of teaching and learning methods. They will support you at every level of the course. You'll have close access to lecturers, small seminar groups, workshops and practical experiences.
You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including:
- lectures, seminars, workshops and fieldwork
- one-to-one tutorial and small group discussions
- supervised independent learning
- work with a wide range of practical resources.
During your studies, you’ll gain a range of personal and professional skills. This includes skills in academic research, problem-solving, and written and oral communications. These skills will help with your future career advancement in many industries.
Assessment methods on this course are diverse. Some modules use formal exams while others award all or part of the marks on coursework, for example, essays, reports, presentations and orals.
Employers across sectors are really interested in students with humanities degrees because of their potential to think innovatively. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to lead teams, communicate confidently, and problem-solve effectively. All qualities that will make you stand out in the job market.
Liberal Arts graduates typically find rewarding roles in:
- PR and marketing
- technical writing and editing
- human resources
- research and teaching.
Discovered an area that fascinates you? You’ll be in a great position to continue to further study so you can expand your knowledge and carry out research that addresses vital challenges in that area.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Two day trips that cost around £60 each.
Travel and accommodation costs associated with work placements, if your course or module choice requires it.
|About £1500 per placement
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
|£20-60 per book
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.