BA Liberal Arts

UCAS codeLA99
Duration3 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 variations

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.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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 Undergraduate Study website.


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. Your assessments in the second and third year both count towards your degree classification.

Study Abroad is the opportunity to study at one of our renowned partner universities around the world. Last year over 300 College of Humanities students from all disciplines took advantage of a year abroad in countries across the globe.

All students in Humanities can choose to study abroad as part of their degree. The year abroad takes place in the third year of a four-year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four-year 'with Study Abroad' programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter.


The College of Humanities has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Six months after graduation 96%* of Humanities graduates are employed or in further study.

Liberal Arts at the University of Exeter is a bold interdisciplinary programme that will give you a competitive edge in the graduate recruitment market. Liberal Arts graduates are recognised as exceptionally well equipped with a unique blend of specialist knowledge and a wide-range of analytical, communication and computational skills. You can choose from a diverse range of humanities and social science subjects, allowing you to tailor the course to meet your career goals.

Recent graduates from the College of Humanities have since secured positions such as:

  • Editorial Assistants(Publishing)
  • Educator
  • Marketing Executive
  • PR Assistant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Officer Cadet

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA International Relations
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • PGCE English secondary
  • MA History
  • MSC International Management
  • MA Film and Media


The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates across the College of Humanities. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Website: Visit the Liberal Arts website