See the world from a range of perspectives. Our Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme allows you to choose what you would like to study, as well as developing the depth of your knowledge in your chosen specialist field - your Major.
The first year of the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme will challenge you to think independently. You will study a range of diverse modules that will increase your knowledge and deepen your understanding in your chosen fields of study.
From 120 credits across a year, you will typically study 40-60 credits in your chosen subject Major, 20 credits of the Liberal Arts and Sciences compulsory breadth module, and the remaining 40-60 credits from across the University.
You will work closely with your tutor to hone your academic skills and ensure that you are on the right track to develop a meaningful portfolio of expertise. As well as this, you will also participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including a team-development trip to Lake Coniston.
Alongside the Liberal Arts and Sciences compulsory breadth module, Year 2 will normally see you consolidate your expertise in your Major subject by taking more advanced modules. During this year, with your tutor's help, you will also be planning your year abroad. You will benefit from our alumni mentoring scheme, matching you with a professional from outside the University to discuss module choices, CV building and interview practice.
You will spend your third year at one of our international partner institutions. This may involve further study in your Major subject, deepening your overall knowledge, but can also include branding out into new academics areas. Your year abroad gives you the chance to experience a also different portfolio of modules and to learn from a fresh academic context.
Towards the end of the year, you will be thinking about how to shape your final year of study and modules that will define your degree. Learn more about your year abroad.
During your final year, you will undertake a dissertation or extended project, either in your Major subject or within Liberal Arts and Sciences. Typically, this independent project enables you to develop your expertise in your Major to a high level, but may also involve further interdisciplinary research. You will also decide (based on the portfolio of modules you have studied and fulfilling any prerequisites) whether to opt to graduate with a BA, BSc, MArt, MSci or Natural Sciences qualification.
Design your own programme
An important aspect of the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree is the flexibility to choose your Major as you progress through your studies. Your personal tutor will help you to select modules which interest and challenge you and over the first two years guide you in your choices of modules to reflect the subjects in which you may choose to Major, as well as a portfolio of other modules which reflect and broaden your wider interests.
Your choice of Major may be subject to restrictions on numbers and to any specific entry requirements which might apply. For further details and to explore our range of options available, visit the Majors at Birmingham page.
These examples of real student programmes show how six of our students progressed throughout their four years of study - the modules they chose, where they spent their year abroad and which subject they hope to major in. As you can see, every programme is completely unique!