BA Liberal Arts with Employment Experience / Employment Experience Abroad

UCAS codeLA94 / LA95
Duration4 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD
DisciplineLiberal Arts
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Our Liberal Arts degree is an innovative, challenging and interdisciplinary programme, specifically designed to develop your intellectual capabilities and critical skills. It offers flexibility and breadth, complemented by in-depth learning in your chosen field of specialisation – your Major. Your breadth of knowledge and understanding across a diverse range of humanities, social science and business subjects will be firmly grounded in your specific area of specialisation and underpinned by the core modules and programme requirements. You will be encouraged to develop a global perspective through addressing contemporary global issues and debates. The opportunity to spend an additional year studying at one of our international partner institutions will further enable you to gain a global outlook.

The programme is designed to equip you with an impressive range of skills that will mark you out from the crowd and make you particularly attractive to employers: written and oral communication; textual and data analysis; language acquisition; presentation skills; teamwork and research. Through our Liberal Arts core modules you will develop confidence applying a range of approaches and methodologies. You will also work directly with employers and external organisations, researching real-life problems through our innovative ‘Think Tank’ module. With options to gain work experience as part of your degree programme, you can further develop your employability potential.

You will study a combination of our carefully designed Liberal Arts core modules; modules from your academic specialism (your Major) and a modern or ancient language. Our programme structure also enables you to explore your interests through studying a broad range of optional modules.

Majors offered

  • Anthropology
  • Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Marketing/Management
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Theology and Religion

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The Liberal Arts degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Students will spend the third year of their studies carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements, either in the UK or abroad.

Year 4

Entry requirements 2019

Typical offer


International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught by internationally respected research-active academics at the cutting-edge of their respective disciplines. We use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. Our teaching methods make full use of seminars, study groups, tutorials, and web-based learning. We integrate the latest approaches along with lectures to give you a varied and challenging programme. In core modules, you will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills for success for the rest of your degree – and your future career.

The contact hours you will have with staff through academic teaching and support will vary depending on your chosen major; however, you will receive at least 10 hours contact-time a week in your first year. In addition, you will also be expected to invest a lot of time in independent study and peer-group learning outside of these contact hours. This will involve individual study, working with your study-group (for example, in preparation for seminars) and time spent with your personal tutor.

Given the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts programme, and to ensure that you benefit from the exciting breadth and depth of expertise across the university, we will also use team-teaching so that you can get the most out of Exeter University’s collective expertise. So whilst a module will be convened and led by a specialist academic, many lectures will often be delivered by experts in other disciplines.

In addition to the teaching and learning methods described above, there are also many other opportunities for you to enrich your overall experience of the Liberal Arts programme. Depending on the major you decide to pursue, you will have the chance to get involved with mini-conferences, at which students can present papers to fellow students and staff, research seminars, and societies run by departments and the Student Guild around your subject(s) of interest.

You can also make your mark on your programme through regular student evaluations and participation in the Student-Staff Liaison Committee.

Research-inspired teaching

The University of Exeter is a research-intensive university. This means that staff do not just teach, but conduct high quality cutting edge research in their specialist subject area. The results of the government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirm this.

Teaching that is inspired by research means that your lectures are up-to-date and relevant and that you have access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources.

Academic support

All students at Exeter have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout their studies. Students on the Liberal Arts degree also benefit from guidance and support from the Programme Director who will help you devise your programme of study; advising on module choice that both meets your interests and fulfills the requirements of the degree.

There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit. You can find further information about all the services on our Academic Support page.


You will be assessed in all years through a variety of assessment methods. These could include coursework, exams, written reports or presentations amongst others. You must pass your first-year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. In order to be eligible for ‘with Employment Experience’ programmes, you will need to attain an average of 60% or more in your first year. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.


The programme’s premise is that learning through this route will provide you with the critical skills, experiences, innovative attitudes and cultural intelligence which are valued by global employers.

Across the world Liberal Arts graduates are recognised as exceptionally well equipped, with a unique blend of specialist knowledge and a wide-range of skills essential in the contemporary workplace. As a result, Liberal Arts programmes produce world leaders in politics, business, technology, public service and the media.

Liberal Arts at the University of Exeter is a bold interdisciplinary programme that will give you a competitive edge in the graduate recruitment market.

The degree provides you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers across a variety of sectors. It allows you to develop specialisms that suit your career goals, which will be of benefit whether you plan to progress straight to employment or pursue further study. You will also be able to demonstrate your breadth of knowledge through gaining additional experience outside of your Major, such as language skills and developing an understanding of quantitative methodologies.

Recent graduates are now working for▲:

  • University of Exeter
  • Teach First
  • Hotelplan
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Civil Service

Recent graduates are now working as▲:

  • Cultural Mapping Coordinator
  • Digital content producer
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Events Planner (Publishing)
  • Civil Service Fast Stream
  • Buying Associate
  • Sales Assistant

▲ This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2015/16. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.


We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, with offices at our Exeter and Penryn campuses, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.

Employment experience in the UK or abroad

Spending up to a year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. This unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. You will take full responsibility for finding and organising your placement (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval from the University. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness.

Contact us

WebEnquire online
Phone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)
+44 (0) 1392 723044 (EU/International callers)
Website: Visit the Liberal Arts website