Liberal Arts M.LibArts (Integrated Masters) (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:AAB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 4 years/ 5 years with international year, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Liberal Arts, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Course Overview

Liberal Arts at Keele is a new, exciting and innovative degree programme. It offers you an all-round education, developing knowledge and skills from a range of disciplines that are applied to local, regional and global issues. Liberal Arts is ideal if you’re a creative thinker, enjoy exploring new and varied subjects and want to make a difference to society. Its interdisciplinary approach to some of the world’s most pressing problems means you’ll study a wide range of subjects, including the social sciences, arts and humanities.

Liberal Arts is not like other degrees. Rather than focusing on one academic discipline, a Liberal Arts degree concentrates on the qualities that the student will have when they graduate. It offers a unique opportunity to develop critical and creative skills through study of a wide range of disciplines and approaches. The result is a challenging and engaging programme that contributes to the development of capable, and very employable, citizen-graduates with a sophisticated and sensitive approach to the world. 

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Undergraduate Masters Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

The programme is designed to expose students to a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary thinking and practice.  The core modules support Liberal Arts thinking; philosophy, cultural studies, creativity and social science, as well as offering a Liberal Arts training: inter-disciplinary work, critical thinking, communication, innovation and problem-solving. Alongside these, students can choose a range of complementary elective choices. Together, these provide a harmonious programme which reflects both the interdisciplinary approach and the specialisation needed to undertake a final year dissertation in which these different perspectives should be brought to bear.

Using real world locations, events, issues and problems together with an  innovative  ‘living labs’ approach, the programme will actively engage students with local issues and their potential solutions . Through these field trips, students can pursue hands-on research into Britain’s industrial history and issues of economic regeneration, social challenges and environmental sustainability and apply their skills with a focus on the practical application of their ideas and research.  

Students’ personal and intellectual development is fostered through regular ‘learning set’ meetings which provide the opportunity for discussion of programme seminars, current events and core module content. The programme’s association with Keele’s new Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Grand Challenges lecture series will enable students to engage with eminent speakers at the forefront of their disciplines.  In addition, collaborative teaching sessions with students on the related Natural Sciences programme further broaden opportunities for wider discussion and debate.

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of Liberal Arts.

First year

Core modules:

  • Understanding the World Through the Liberal Arts
  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Understanding Culture

Elective modules:

You can choose four elective modules from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Second year

Core modules:

  • Using Social Science to Solve Problems
  • Creative Arts and Humanities

Elective modules:

You can choose four elective modules from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Third year

Core modules:

  • Independent Study Project – Dissertation, or
  • Independent Study Project – Creative Project
  • Grand Challenges in Society

Elective modules:

You can choose five elective modules from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Fourth year

Core modules:

  • Taught MA module
  • Research Training
  • Masters Dissertation, or
  • Masters Creative Project

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

When you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of transferable skills including the ability to communicate effectively, think critically and creatively, problem solve, and demonstrate empathy towards others in local and global communities. These are all highly valued by employers, and can lead to a range of career choices.

You might go into the arts, the culture and media industries, education, advertising, marketing, tourism, leisure, local and national government, humanitarian work, health and social care, or many other professions.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

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Study abroad

Students on the Liberal Arts programme have the potential opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Students already registered for Single Honours BA in Liberal Arts may apply for transfer to the Single Honours BA in Liberal Arts with International Year, during their period of study in the second year. If accepted for transfer, students will study the second in two parts; Level 5a will be the part that the student completes at Keele and Level 5b will consist in study based at an international partner institution.

An indicative list of nations is on the website ; however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad.