Liberal Arts with Integrated Master's - MLibArts

Liberal Arts gives you the flexibility to study a broad range of subjects that will develop your oral and written communication skills, and your ability to think critically and creatively. You will cover various subject areas based on your interests, and have the opportunity to research problems apparent on a local, national and global scale. You will explore theory and practical approaches as well as share innovative ideas, preparing you to be a confident, open-minded graduate.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Integrated Master's

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • Y005

Duration of study

  • 4 years / 5 years with international or placement year

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Why study Liberal Arts with Integrated Master's at Keele University?

Ranked Top 250 in the World for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2021)
Work placement opportunities – a great way to network with professionals and build key transferable skills, ready for employment
Opportunity to take an International Year to experience different cultures and gain study skills that will enhance your prospects after graduation
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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading and writing skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme that provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for this course. For example, the University Research Portfolio module will expand your research skills and develop a wider appreciation of your subject area, you will investigate a topic you have learned in more detail. In doing so, you will learn to obtain, critically select and analyse information from a range of sources to demonstrate your understanding. You will gain valuable experience and techniques to present your evidence, findings and conclusions. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. In addition to meeting the Foundation Year progression requirements, students must also meet all credit requirements in each year of their studies to be awarded a Master’s Degree.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one

You will be able to build your own module combinations to a total of 60 credits from the following modules:

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00263 Foundations of Social Sciences - 1 15 credits
FYO-00265 Foundations of Social Sciences - 2 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities 1 15 credits
FYO-00259 Foundations of Humanities 2 15 credits
FYO-00267 Foundations in Social Sciences (Option) 15 credits

Semester two

FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits

FYO-00269

FYO-00261

Advancing Social Sciences OR

Advancing Humanities

30 credits (each module)

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

How to apply 

Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) Liberal Arts with Foundation Year (UCAS code Y007) through UCAS at www.ucas.com

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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