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What is Liberal Arts?

Liberal Arts education has a long history in Western civilisation. In its oldest form, it involved students thinking philosophically about questions that crossed the rigid boundaries of disciplines, and encouraged them to use critical tools from the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and fine arts to address these questions.

It enables you to study a wide range of subjects and to create a pathway through the degree that reflects your individual intellectual interests, allowing for flexibility in module choices and innovation in subject specialism. You will become aware of how different disciplines coincide and converge and you will learn to address questions by deploying the most appropriate methodology and utilising the most relevant evidence.

The course will appeal to you if you approach problems from the perspective of more than one discipline and enjoy thinking about the Big Questions that are facing our contemporary society and the world at large.

Our course is constructed around Problem-Based-Learning (PBL), which involves learning about a subject through problem-solving. PBL also allows for a continual revising of the course to suit your particular learning needs.

Find out what our courses can offer by checking out the Degree Overview and Course Structure sections on this website.


Dr Mike Finn: Why Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap general election

Principal Teaching Fellow in Liberal Arts and expert in UK politics Dr Mike Finn discusses the reasons for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call for a snap general election on 8th June.

Explore undergraduate research in the Liberal Arts with BLASTER

The BLASTER (The Best in Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Expanded and Reinforced) team is delighted to bring together international researchers to share good practice and disseminate research findings from the BLASTER project. This upcoming event offers a fantastic opportunity to anyone with an interest in liberal education and undergraduate research to explore, share, and develop strategies for the implementation of undergraduate research.

Dr Mike Finn on Article 50 and a second Scottish referendum

"The phoney war is over - real politics is back. The past nine months has been political theatre, shadowboxing within the UK and without; the arrival of Article 50's triggering means that the real battle for Britain's exit - and possibly the fate of Britain itself in the wake of Nicola Sturgeon's announcement - is on."


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