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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Liberal Arts offers the opportunity to design your own programme of study. The Liberal Arts programme complements Durham University’s Single and Joint Honours programmes, enabling you to study modules in up to four subjects in, and beyond, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. If you're looking for the freedom to follow your intellectual interests wherever these might take you, then Liberal Arts might be the right programme for you. In Liberal Arts it's not only possible to study any subject in the Arts and Humanities but also most subjects in the Social Sciences. It's possible therefore, for students to combine History and Politics (for example) but also study subjects in combinations less likely to be available in a Joint Honours programme such as Theology and Anthropology, or Music and Sociology, or Philosophy and Geography. If the subject which you regard as your primary interest is in the Social Sciences, you should apply for the Combined Honours in Social Sciences programme (LMV0). Or if your principal subjects include one or more modern languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Chinese or Japanese) then, at the end of your first year, you'd transfer to the four-year version of your programme and spend your third year abroad (either studying at university, teaching English or undertaking internships in companies and other organisations). Or If you don't wish to take any subject other than modern languages, you should apply for the Modern Languages and Cultures programme (R002).Liberal Arts, like its predecessor, Combined Honours in Arts, appeals to highly-qualified, self-motivated and 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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences departments. As a Liberal Arts student, you'll be focusing on subjects in the Arts and Humanities but you'll be able to take up to half of your modules each year in subjects in the Social Sciences. In the Arts and Humanities, subjects currently available are as follows: Classics & Ancient History / English Literature / History / Music / Philosophy / Theology & Religious Studies / Visual Arts / Arabic / Chinese / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Russian / SpanishIn the Social Sciences, subjects currently available are as follows: Anthropology / Archaeology / Business / Economics / Education / Geography / International Relations / Politics / Sociology & Criminology.**Study Abroad**If in the first year you're studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish and plan to continue studying one or more throughout your degree you'll include a Year Abroad between the second and final year of the programme. The Year Abroad offers opportunities 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 your programme at the end of your first year, giving you over a year in which to plan the year 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. If you're not studying one or two of these languages and associated literatures and cultures, you might still choose to study a language through the School’s Centre for Foreign Language Study (CFLS) which offers classes in many languages (at beginners’, intermediate and advanced levels) but these modules don't lead to a Year Abroad. Or if you are offered a place in one of the University’s internat

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,730per year

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University information

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