Programme structure

A Liberal Arts & Sciences degree offers you the flexibility to choose your major as you progress through your studies. This will normally develop out of the modules you choose in your first year. With your personal tutor you will discuss your progress and ensure that you choose those modules best suited to your own interests and ambitions.


From Year 1 to your final year, you will develop an expertise in one subject area, equivalent to one half of a Joint Honours degree. This means, for example, that you could qualify to study for a Masters in that subject.


Unlike most other undergraduates, you will also gain a breadth of knowledge in subjects from the natural sciences to art and literature, social sciences to law (subject to timetabling).

We recognise that employers are looking for well-rounded, knowledgeable and multi-skilled individuals, able to gather and analyse diverse materials and information, present findings effectively and persuasively, complete tasks professionally in teams and through independent study, take on leadership roles, and demonstrate adaptability to a range of circumstances and conditions. This programme is designed to give you those skills.

An academic year at Birmingham consists of 120 credits of study.

The programme consists of four years of study, with a year abroad in your third year at one of our international partner institutions. You can find out more about each of the years of study below.

Puneet Tahim, Graduate Recruitment Officer, DLA Piper UK LLP "We recruit our young lawyers from a wide range of backgrounds and we are looking for graduates who can demonstrate both breadth and enthusiasm for their chosen subject major and who can work with our clients in an environment where innovation, excellence and going the extra mile is the norm. We have continued to support the University of Birmingham as it gives us the opportunity to meet some exceptional students. The committed, bright and enthusiastic students we meet help us to build a healthy talent pipeline into our city and regional offices"