Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts courses for 2018

Single Honours

Liberal arts is a challenging and rewarding degree for outstanding, highly motivated students. Our programme provides a rich education in the meaning and importance of the arts and humanities.

Opportunities to study abroad and to work with organisations outside the University will enhance your employability.

Why study Liberal Arts at Bristol?

The Faculty of Arts at Bristol is home to world-leading researchers who are committed to the ideals of liberal education. It is a place where an interdisciplinary outlook comes naturally and is practised on a daily basis.

You will be encouraged and expected to take responsibility for your own curriculum, making connections between units and incorporating into your studies all the activities and opportunities available within the rich cultural life of both the University and the city.

You can choose to do either a BA or an integrated master's degree (MLibArts), each of which has its own advantages and distinctiveness. You may apply for either degree and decide at the beginning of your second year which route you would like to follow. In year one, you will have flexibility of choice to discover new subjects.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Those who enjoy ideas, who like to find connections in their studies and to strike out for themselves will be well suited to this course. You should be able to acquire, analyse and communicate knowledge, be motivated and intellectually curious, and not afraid to try new things.

Above all, we are seeking those who are willing to take responsibility for their studies and be proactive in shaping their education.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Lectures in core units are delivered to first and second-year students together; the year groups then meet separately in seminar groups and have different assessment standards.

Types of assessment vary, testing knowledge and understanding while honing your skills. This may include essays and other types of writing, presentations, diaries, critical reports and peer-review exercises.

Some units may have additional forms of assessment, such as single or group projects, portfolios, creative work or traditional exams. This variety of assessment ensure that you pick up a wide range of communication and analytical skills to prepare you for the world beyond university.

What are my career prospects?

A Liberal Arts degree, with its high academic standards, disciplinary grounding, interdisciplinary breadth, innovative methods and emphasis on engagement, will help you build an enviable combination of knowledge, understanding and analytical and communication skills. The degree is endorsed by a variety of employers, businesses and cultural bodies.

Experiences gained while studying abroad or working with organisations outside the University will further add to your skill set, preparing you for the world of work or further study.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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Download the Liberal Arts leaflet 2017 (PDF, 294kB)

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