Your first year

The first year of the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme will challenge you to think independently and study a range of diverse modules, enabling you to study diverse, interdisciplinary subjects that will increase your knowledge and understanding.

You will typically choose a minimum of 40 credits from one possible major area, and a further 40 credits from the range of Level One modules available across the University (timetable permitting).

These 40 credits can be composed of 10 and 20 credits modules from a variety of areas, and can, if you wish, focus on a second potential major. The remaining 40 credits can be selected from our wide variety of other modules.

Many combinations of modules are possible and below are just some examples.

Arts majors

Year one

Classics

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Early civilisations of Egypt

20 credits - Introduction to Greek and Roman history

60 credits - Other modules

Drama

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Damatic medium

40 credits - Theatre Practice (A and B)

40 credits - Other modules

English

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Literary aesthetics before 1800

20 credits - Literary aesthetics after 1800

40 credits - Other modules

History

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Practising history (A): Skills in history

10 credits - Introduction to problems of world history in the 20th century

10 credits - End of empire: Problems of international history

60 credits - Other modules

Music

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Tonal harmony and counterpoint

10 credits - Romantic and twentieth century musicL History and analysis

60 credits - Other modules

Spanish

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Spanish language

20 credits - Spanish literature

60 credits - Other modules

Science majors

Year one

Biology

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Cell biology and physiology

20 credits - Microbiology and infectious diseases

60 credits - Other modules

Chemistry

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Chemistry for natural scientists I

20 credits - Chemistry for natural scientists II

60 credits - Other modules

Computer Science

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Foundations of computer science

30 credits - Software workshop I

10 credits - Introduction to software engineering

40 credits - Other modules

Geology

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Earth systems and sedimentary rocks

10 credits - Earth history

20 credits - Earth materials and internal processes

50 credits - Other modules

Maths

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

30 credits - Real analysis and the calculus

20 credits - Vectors, geometry and linear algebra

50 credits - Other modules

Psychology

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

10 credits - Perception and attention

10 credits - Introduction to learning

10 credits - Introduction to mental health

10 credits - Memory and language

60 credits - Other modules

 

Social Science Majors

Year one

Business Studies

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

10 credits - Corporate communications

10 credits - Introduction to business economics

10 credits - Principles of marketing

10 credits - Understanding organisation and management

60 credits - Other roles

Economics

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Principles of economics

20 credits - Advanced quantitative methods (if you have A-Level Maths)/Introduction to quantative methods

60 credits - Other modules

International Relations

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Introduction to international relations

20 credits - Introduction to political economy

60 credits - Other modules

Politics

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Classical political thought

20 credits - Understanding politics

60 credits - Other modules

Sociology

20 credits - Liberal Arts and Sciences core module

  • Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The making of the modern world
  • Semester 2: Individual and Group Project: Challenges of the modern world

20 credits - Social worlds and the sociological imagination

20 credits - Sociology of the self and every day life

60 credits - Other modules