BA Liberal Arts

The programme will equip Roehampton’s Liberal Arts graduates with an impressive toolkit of worldliness, knowledge and skills that will be attractive to employers, and offer excellent career prospects.

Course details

New for 2022, this broad-based degree programme gives you the freedom to study the arts, philosophy, ancient and modern history, literature, politics, sociology, journalism, media and much more.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

University of Roehampton

Course overview

This structure balances breadth and depth, and offers flexibility while ensuring you develop research expertise in your own area of interest. In years 2 and 3, students opt for a curriculum that is unique to them by choosing optional modules from two or more of the six pathways above. We’ll work with you to help you build a course that reflects what matters to you.

On this degree you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Careers Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support, whether you choose to live on campus or commute to us. The course also offers the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your CV even further.


Entry requirements

Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)


The Liberal Arts graduate will be highly employable in any sector from government and public sectors to education, media, volunteering/NGO sector, and the corporate sector.

Employability skills are embedded in the programme. It offers the opportunity for a year long work placement, the opportunity to spend a term abroad, and the opportunity to undertake a final year project module which builds from the previous year’s placement. Our ‘authentic assessment’ approach allows students to graduate with a portfolio which may include websites, blogs, video-essays, policy reports, reviews – all of which will display critical thinking, communication skills and analytical argument. The portfolio will be a valuable item in a graduate’s job hunting toolkit.


All modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

Optional modules

  • Art and Life in the Ancient World
  • Discovering Literature
  • Journalists and the World 1
  • Dictatorships and Democracies: Ancient and Modern
  • Being Human: Global Religious Perspectives
  • Criminological Theories

Pathway 1: Social Justice and Identity

  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
  • The Sociolinguistics of Gender
  • Race, Ethnicity and Criminal Justice

Pathway 2: Politics and International Relations

  • Freedom, Power and Politics
  • Journalism, Media and Politics
  • Living and Dying under the Third Reich
  • Political Parties and Elections

Pathway 3: Literature and Language

  • Homer and the Epic Cycle
  • Media Language
  • Popular Literature and Culture
  • Romantic and Victorian Bodies

Pathway 4: Religions and Philosophy

  • Literature, Ethics and the Environment
  • Asian Religions, Cultures and Ethics
  • Christian Traditions and Practices
  • Religion, Ecology and Politics

Pathway 5: History and Heritage

  • Applied Humanities: Professional Practice and Placement
  • Childhood: Histories, Lives and Stories
  • Culture, Society, and the State in Early Medieval Britain and China
  • Classical Antiquity in Modern Museums

Pathway 6: Media and Creative Industries

  • Digital Gaming: Cultures, Industries, Impacts
  • Media in Contemporary Society
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Digital Humanities: Concept, Code and Creativity

Work Placement Year

  • Work Placement Year

Compulsory module

  • Liberal Arts Dissertation

Pathway 1: Social Justice and Identity

  • Crime, Culture and the City
  • Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
  • Active Citizenship
  • Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920

Pathway 2: Politics and International Relations

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • Contemporary American Politics
  • Student Activism and Making Change in America

Pathway 3: Literature and Language

  • Tragedy: Classical, Shakespearean, Cinematic
  • Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic
  • Multilingualism
  • World Literatures in English and Translation

Pathway 4: Religions and Philosophy

  • Dreams and Visions in the Cultures and Religions of the Mediterranean World
  • Love, Sex, Death and God
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Religions
  • Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics

Pathway 5: History and Heritage

  • Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings, 870-1030
  • Bodies and Identities in Ancient Art
  • Representations of the Holocaust
  • Race and Empire

Pathway 6: Media and Creative Industries

  • Digital Storytelling
  • Digital Society
  • International Challenges and the Media
  • Literature and Media