Your first year

The first year of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme will challenge you to think independently and create your own opinions about the modules you are studying. You can select from a variety of modules and continue 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 will focus on two or more Breadth modules. 

Many combinations of modules are possible and below is just one suggested pathway. The student in the below example is interested in doing a Major in Biology, but also likes History, Economics, Politics and reading literature (but didn't take English at A level).

Example of a Psychology Major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of Psychology Major 
40 credits of potential major (usually up to 60 credits) 

Psychology: 10 Credits - Perception and attention

Psychology: 10 Credits - Introduction to Learning

Psychology: 10 Credits - Introduction to Mental Health

Psychology: 10 Credits - Memory & Language

60 credits of other interests or other potential major

Philosophy: 20 Credits - Knowledge & Reality

Politics: 20 Credits - Understanding Politics

Sociology: 20 Credits - Sociology of the Self and Everyday Life

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World


Example of a Computer Science Major

Example of Computer Science Major
Year One  Example of Computer Science Major
60 credits of potential major

Computer Science: 20 Credits - Foundations of Computer Science

Computer Science: 30 Credits - Software Workshop I

Computer Science 10 Credits Introduction to Software Engineering 

40 credits of other interests

English: 20 Credits - Literary Aesthetics after 1800

Philosophy: 20 Credits – Logic I

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Chemistry Major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of Chemistry Major 
40 credits of potential major

Chemistry for Natural Scientists I

Chemistry for Natural Scientists II

60 credits of other interests or other potential major

Politics: 20 Credits – Twentieth Century Russian Politics

Philosophy: 20 Credits – Individual & Society

Language: Mandarin Level 1

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Maths major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Maths major (it would also be possible to progress to an Economics major with this background)
50 credits of potential major in Maths

30 Credits – Real Analysis and The Calculus

20 Credits - Vectors, Geometry & Linear Algebra

50 credits of other interests

Economics: 20 credits – Principles of Economics A and B

Language: 20 credits – Spanish Language 1

History: 10 credits – Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman World

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing  the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Biology & English pathway

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Biology & English pathway
40 credits of potential major in Biology

Biology: 20 Credits - Cell Biology & Physiology

Biology: 20 Credits - Microbiology & Infectious diseases

40 credits of other potential major in English

English: 20 Credits - Literary Aesthetics after 1800

English: 20 Credits - Literary Aesthetics before 1800

20 Credits of a Science Breadth Module

Physics: 20 Credits - The Cosmic Connection

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing  the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Geology and Spanish pathway

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Geology and Spanish pathway
50 credits of potential major in Geology

Geology: 20 credits – Earth systems and sedimentary rocks

Geology: 10 credits – Earth history

Geology: 20 credits – Earth Materials and Internal Processes

40 credits of other interests or other potential major

Languages: 20 credits – Spanish Language

Languages: 20 credits – Spanish Literature

10 credits of Geography breadth module

Earth and Environmental Studies:: 10 credits – Natural Hazards

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a History Major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible History Major
40 credits of potential major in History

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 of other interests

English: 20 Credits – Story Telling for Stage & Screen

Politics: 20 Credits – Introduction to International Relations

Spanish: 20 Credits - Spanish Language (post-A-level)

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Drama major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Drama major
60 credits of potential major in Drama

20 credits - Dramatic Medium

40 credits – Theatre Practice (A and B)

40 credits of other interests

Philosophy: 20 credits - Knowledge and Reality (A and B)

Humanities: 20 Credits - Digital Culture

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Music Major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Music Major
40 credits of potential major in Music

20 Credits – Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint

10 Credits – Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music: History and Analysis

10 Credits – Baroque and Classical Music: History and Analysis

60 credits of other interests

English Breadth module: 20 Credits – Analysing Everyday Texts

Mathematics Breadth Module: 20 Credits –The Impact of mathematics

Language: 20 Credits – German Level 4

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Classical Literature and Civilisation major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Classical Literature and Civilisation major
40 credits of potential major in Classical Literature and Civilisation 

20 credits – Early civilisations of Egypt

20 credits – Introduction to Greek and Roman history

60 credits of other interests

Psychology (Education and Social Justice: 20 credits – Introduction to Development and Psychology

Biosciences: 20 credits- Introduction to Evolution and Animal
Biology

Languages: 20 credits – Spanish II

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Business major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Business major
40 credits of potential major in Business

10 credits – Corporate Communications

10 credits – Introduction to Business Economics

10 credits – Principles of Marketing

10 credits – Understanding Organisation and Management

60 credits of other interests

Art history: 10 credits – Art and its Contexts

Human Geography: 10 credits – Economy Society, Space and Policy

Language: 10 credits – Arabic Level 1

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

 
Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of an Economics or Politics Major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of an Economics or Politics Major
40 credits of potential major (usually up to 60 credits)

Economics: 20 Credits – Principles of Economics

Economics: 20 Credits – Advanced Quantitative Methods (If have maths A-level) or Introduction to Quantitative Methods

40 credits of other interests or other potential major

Politics: 20 Credits – Classical Political Thought

Politics: 20 Credits - Understanding Politics

20 credits of a science breadth module

Medicine: 20 Credits - Good Brain, Bad Brain

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

An alternative Politics pathway

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Alternative example of a Politics Major
40 credits of potential major (usually up to 60 credits)

Politics: 20 Credits – Classical Political Thought

Politics: 20 Credits - Understanding Politics

60 credits of other interests or other potential major

Sociology: 20 Credits - Social Divisions

Philosophy: 20 Credits – Individual & Society (Moral Philosophy)

European Culture: 20 Credits - Landmarks in European Literature

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a Sociology Major

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible Sociology Major
40 credits of potential major in Sociology

20 credits – Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination

20 credits – Sociology of the Self and Everyday Life

60 credits of other interests

African Studies and Anthropology: 20 credits - Introduction to African Culture

 
Modern Languages: 20 credits - Landmarks in European film

Earth and Environmental Studies: 20 credits – Global Environmental Issues

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Focus on Society theme from a variety of disciplines

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a possible first-year pathway looking at society from a range of perspective. In the following year one or more of these could be developed into a major.
100 credits of modules with a ‘society’ theme

Anthropology: 20 Credits – Thinking Anthropologically

Sociology: 20 Credits - Sociology of the Self and Everyday Life

Law: 30 Credits - Law of Tort

Human Geography: 20 Credits - Society, Economy, Space & Society

Economics: 10 Credits - Sustainable Development : The Economy & the Environment

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World

Example of a typical US Liberal-Arts style

Example of Psychology Major
Year One  Example of a typical US Liberal-Arts style, exploratory first-year pathway looking at a range of topics. In the following year one or more of these could be developed into a major.
100 credits of modules with a ‘society’ theme

Economics: 20 Credits – Introduction to Economics for Non-Specialists

English: 20 Credits - Intro to English Literature 1790 to Present

Politics: 20 Credits – Introduction to Political Economy

Philosophy: 20 Credits - Introduction to the History of Philosophy

Languages: Japanese Level 1

Core liberal Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary breadth module

Semester 1: From Big Bang to Generation Y: The Making of the Modern World

Semester 2: Individual & Group Project: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern World