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Liberal Arts

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects. Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

To include Higher Level subjects at 6, 6, 6. Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

To include subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) where required. Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

To include subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) where required. Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Please see our website for requirements around specific subjects.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Liberal arts

Liberal Arts offers the opportunity to design your own programme of study. The degree complements Durham’s Single and Joint Honours programmes, enabling you to study modules in up to four subjects. If you’re looking for the freedom to follow your intellectual interests, Liberal Arts might be the right degree for you. It’s not only possible to study subjects in the Arts and Humanities but also most subjects in the Social Sciences, so it’s possible to combine History and Politics for example but also subjects in combinations less likely to be available as Joint Honours programmes such as Theology and Anthropology or Music and Sociology or Philosophy and Geography.

You’ll be focusing on subjects in the Arts and Humanities but able to take up to half of your modules each year in subjects in the Social Sciences.

Liberal Arts, like its predecessor, Combined Honours in Arts, appeals to highly-qualified, self-motivated, independent-minded students, seeking to make creative connections between their subjects. It offers exceptional flexibility and the opportunity to study in some of the UK’s most prestigious departments in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

**Year 1:** you’ll study six modules (in two, three or four subjects).
**Year 2:** you’ll study six modules (in two, three, or four subjects)
**Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad):** you’ll complete a research project in your primary subject and study four other modules (in two or three subjects).

Arts & Humanities subjects currently available: Classics & Ancient History / English Literature / History / Music / Philosophy / Theology & Religious Studies / Visual Arts / Arabic / Chinese / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Russian / Spanish.

Social Sciences subjects currently available: Anthropology / Archaeology / Business / Economics / Education / Geography / International Relations / Politics / Sociology & Criminology.

Study Abroad
If you study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish in the first year and plan to continue one or more throughout your degree, you’ll include a Year Abroad between the second and final year of the programme. The Year offers an opportunity to study at a university or teach English in a secondary school or undertake an internship (in a wide variety of locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America). You’ll transfer from the three- to the four-year version of the degree at the end of your first year, giving over a year to plan the Year Abroad (in consultation with advisers in the School of Modern Languages & Cultures). If you later decide to stop studying a language, at the end of your second year you’ll transfer back to the three-year version of the degree.

Alternatively the School’s Centre for Foreign Language Study (CFLS) offers classes in many languages at beginners’, intermediate and advanced levels (but these don’t lead to a Year Abroad).

Other opportunities for Study Abroad
The University has exchanges with many international partners so students can apply to study at universities across Europe, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand, through the Overseas Exchange Programme (students compete for these places so it’s not possible to guarantee specific places). If successful you’ll transfer from the three- to the four-year version of the degree in your second year.

Module choice is subject to availability, timetable constraints and the approval of the Director of Liberal Arts (you’ll also need to meet subject-specific requirements).

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2022 entry from September 2021

For more information, please see our website.

Modules

**Year 1** In your first year, you’ll study six modules (in two, three or four subjects). **Year 2** In your second year, you’ll study six modules (in two, three, or four subjects). **Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)** In your final year, you’ll complete a research project in your primary subject and study four other modules (in two or three subjects). Module choice is subject to availability, timetable constraints and the approval of the Director of Liberal Arts. In order to take any modules in some subjects you’ll also be required to meet specific A level or equivalent requirements. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2022 entry from September 2021. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,900
per year
International
£22,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

South College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Josephine Butler College

University College

St Cuthbert's Society

John Snow College

Stephenson College

Van Mildert College

St Aidan's College

St Mary's College

St Chad's College

No college preference

Collingwood College

Trevelyan College

St John's College

Grey College

Hatfield College

Department:

Interdepartmental

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

After graduation


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Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,695
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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