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Overview

King’s has been researching and teaching Liberal Arts subjects for over 150 years, and is amongst the world’s leading universities. This innovative and flexible degree programme enables you to tailor your degree from a wide range of options in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. You will gain a wide-ranging qualification that will enhance your employability and provide an ideal platform for work or postgraduate study. You will study a combination of required and optional modules, and choose a subject in which you will major. You will have further opportunities to study a language, spend time abroad, and undertake an internship.

Key benefits 

  • A flexible degree with a wide range of optional modules for your major.
  • We have been researching and teaching Liberal Arts subjects for over 150 years and are amongst the world's leading universities.

  • Draws on the full range of King's exciting heritage in Arts and Humanities.

  • A flexible degree, which is also focused on making you highly employable.

  • An interdisciplinary focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences, with no mathematics or science requirements.

  • A truly international staff with a wealth of experience in liberal arts teaching.

  • Course delivered at Strand Camus in the heart of London, one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, within easy reach of numerous cultural and political institutions.

Key information

UCAS code LP99

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentLiberal Arts

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Description

The Liberal Arts BA offers you outstanding flexibility, balancing breadth of knowledge across disciplines with the opportunity for in-depth study in a field of your choice. During each year, your study will be anchored by a distinctive required module. You will then choose from a wide range of optional modules before selecting a major for years two and three, enabling you to tailor the programme to your own interests. In year one, you will also take a compulsory foreign language module, delivered by King’s Modern Language Centre, and have the opportunity to continue that throughout your degree. The academic year is divided into two equal semesters, and at the beginning of the second semester of your first year you will select a major subject, which will be the main focus of your study in your second and third year. In your second year, we encourage you to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions, and you can also choose to take a credit-bearing internship module (second year only).

Teaching style

The Liberal Arts programme is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts and Humanities Faculty. Throughout your degree, you will have access to an academic mentor on whom you can rely for personal guidance. Most of your modules will be taught through lectures and seminars, including units delivered by some of the world’s most distinguished academics.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, written examinations and, in your third year, an extended research project

Location

King’s is at the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, within easy reach of numerous cultural and political institutions which will enrich and shape your experience of university life. You will have access to the outstanding collections and research facilities in the Maughan and Senate House Libraries, as well as the educational, social and sporting opportunities provided by the College and the University of London.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

In addition to the core module, you will study a range of optional modules drawn from across the Faculty's diverse departments, designed to introduce you to the disciplines in which you can major during your second and final years. All students also study a first year language module, which can be taken from across the wide range of languages offered by the Faculty.

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Lives of London(15 credits)
  • Writing Liberal Arts (15 credits)
  • Language module (15 credits)

You will study a compulsory first-year foreign language module, which can be selected from a range of modules (excluding linguistics) offered by the Modern Language Centre (MLC) here at King’s. Introductory Latin is also available, as well as a specific Portuguese Language for Liberal Arts module for students who wish to major in Portuguese.  

 

Optional Modules

In addition to the required module, you will study a range of optional modules drawn from across the Faculty's diverse departments. You will take modules totalling 75 credits from a set list designed to give a broad introduction to academic study, and prepare you to study a subject in more depth in years two and three. Optional modules may include:

  • Issues and Topics in Music 1 (15 credits)
  • Issues and Topics in Music 4 (15 credits)
  • INtroducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
  • Classical and Biblical Contexts (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies: Forms (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts (15 credits, can only be taken as a follow-up to Film Studies: Forms)
  • An Introduction to Byzantium and Modern Greece (15 credits)
  • Classical Culture: An Introduction (15 credits)
  • What is Comparative Literature? Conceptions and Methods (15 credits)
  • Comparative Literature: Theoretical Foundations (15 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
  • French Narrative Texts: An Introduction (15 credits)
  • Global Iberias (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Politics (15 credits)
  • Poltics in Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion (15 credits)
  • Geographical Foundations 1: The Making of the Modern World (15 credits)
  • Geographical Foundations 2: Challenges of the Modern World (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (15 credits)
  • The Making of Britain 400-1400 (30 credits)
  • Power, Culture & Belief in Europe 1500-1800 (30 credits)
  • World History 1870s - 2000s (30 credits)

Year 2

In your second year, you choose a major subject from the wide range offered in the Faculty, and this forms roughly 50% of your programme in years two and three. You will study optional modules in the major you choose.

In addition to your major options, you will have a choice of an extensive range of modules from across the Faculty, including the chance to continue studying a language.  These options will vary year on year as modules are linked to the research interests of staff which may change.  If you accumulate enough credits in a particular subject this will be recognised on your transcript as a minor.  You can also take an internship module, in which you will be supported in the process of locating an internship, and write a report which will give you credit towards your degree.

You will have the chance to spend the second semester of year two at one of the College's global partner institutions, which include the National University of Singapore (NUS), Hong Kong University (HKU), the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the New School (New York City), and a number of European Universities such as the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Required Modules

Required Modules

Optional Modules

In your first year, you will choose a subject major from the wide range offered in the Faculty, and this will form roughly 50% of your programme in years two and three. You will study optional modules in the major you choose. Majors may include:

In addition to your required module and your choice of major, you will also choose optional modules from an extensive range, including the chance to continue studying a language. The range of optional modules is linked to the research interests of staff and therefore subject to change.

If you accumulate enough credits in a particular subject this will be recognised on your transcript as a minor.

You can also take an internship module. We will support you in locating an internship, and you will write a report that will earn you credit towards your degree.

You will have the chance to spend the second semester of year two at one of the College's global partner institutions, which include the National University of Singapore (NUS), Hong Kong University (HKU), the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the New School (New York City), and a number of European Universities such as the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Year 3

In your third year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits. You will continue to study major and non-major options, and work on an individual research project as part of the required module.

 

 

Required Modules

Required module:

Optional Modules

You will continue to study your major and this will account for half of your credits. In addition, you will choose from a range of optional modules, usually on subjects you have studied in years one and two.

The following departments will offer modules for major and non-major study:

We are constantly reviewing our provision, and this list may grow or be amended in future. Please refer to the department website for further details.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAA

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

85% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

The following majors require a grade A at A-level (or equivalent) in the relevant language: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese. 

For the Music major, a grade A at A-level Music or Grade 8 Music Theory (or equivalent). In addition, candidates with these qualifications wishing to pursue Music performance as a formal part of their studies and to receive individual tuition at the Royal Academy of Music will need to hold Grade 8 (ABRSM or equivalent) on their main instrument/voice by the end of their first year of study.

There are no subject requirements for all other majors. Second year major subjects are selected after enrolment onto the programme.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: AAA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major : see 'Compulsory subjects'.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. See also guidance under 'Compulsory Subjects'.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 D3 including D3 in any relevant subject for chosen major (see 'compulsory subjects').

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major: see 'Compulsory subjects'

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major: see 'Compulsory subjects'

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major: see 'Compulsory subjects'

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including A at Advanced Higher in any subject required for your chosen Major (see 'compulsory subjects'). Note, we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: 35 points and HL 666 including HL6 in relevant subject for chosen major (see 'Compulsory subjects').

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

We are looking for intellectually curious and open-minded students who relish the opportunity of studying with some of the world's most distinguished academics. You must be of the highest intellectual calibre, and we are looking for a commitment to embrace the challenge of a truly cosmopolitan education.

For further information about this, please visit our website.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

A Liberal Arts BA opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government, journalism and law. It will also provide you with an ideal grounding for graduate work in the wide range of liberal arts subjects. King’s careers service offers an extensive programme of support to enhance your employability.

Career destinations

Further information coming soon.

 

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