Liberal Arts


Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    MA / MRes Liberal Arts
    College of Liberal Arts
    Campus or location
    Course length
    One year full-time. Two years part-time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Create your own dynamic and individual postgraduate curriculum.

    • A creative and collaborative approach to world issues, explored through an interdisciplinary lens.
    • Explore global culture, economics, politics, and networks, through the arts, humanities, science, and social sciences.
    • Curate your own curriculum, from a range of exciting modules.

    Benefit from our cross-disciplinary philosophy studying this distinct Liberal Arts course. This programme allows you to construct a postgraduate course around your particular interests, and to sample several different academic fields, before settling on a personal focus in an extended dissertation/ research project.

    Curating your own curriculum is central to the course. You’ll be guided in choosing your route through the programme through discussion with tutors.

    What you'll learn


    Through your own unique programme you will:

    • understand and address complex world issues, by bringing knowledge from the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, into critical conversation;
    • learn how to listen to your own instincts and curiosities;
    • strategically direct your postgraduate development as a person, academic, and potential professional in your chosen field and in the future workplace;
    • be encouraged to engage with our Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA).


    Core module: Reading the Liberal Arts

    Optional modules chosen from six themes:

    • Philosophical belief systems
    • Research skills, questions, and practices
    • People, leadership, and management
    • Creativity
    • Global and multicultural communities
    • Science and the environment

    Major project

    How will I be assessed?

    You may be assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the modules you choose. This may include:

    • Group/individual presentations
    • Essays
    • Research/project portfolios
    • Extended research papers
    • Social science reports
    • Memoirs
    • Screenplays
    • Novels
    • Digital presentations or other form of academic, or public expression
    • Public group performances

    How will I be taught?

    You may be taught using a variety of methods, including:

    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Tutorials
    • Practical workshops


    Global Academy of Liberal Arts

    You’ll be encouraged to engage with the opportunities offered through the activities and resources of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA), such as the GALA Outreach Fund which provides funds to enable students and staff to engage with GALA partners around the world.

    Increase your employability

    You’ll gain transferable skills and develop your personal qualities. We’ll ensure you’re well prepared for employment that requires:

    • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
    • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;
    • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

    On this outward-facing, dynamic degree, you’ll benefit from close contact with the University’s Employability Team and dedicated employability sessions.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    As a Liberal Arts student you’ll be taught across our campuses. You’ll benefit from access to:


    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2018/19 entry £7,195
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
    2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

    UK and EU students part time

    Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £3,600
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2020
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2018/19 entry £13,900
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
    2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We’re looking for engaged and motivated students who are interested in exploring world issues from a variety of perspectives. We value interdisciplinary thinking, so the ability to work collaboratively is an important trait we look for in candidates.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

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