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Liberal Arts BA

UCAS code: LP99

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years (a Modern Languages major is 4 years, with the 3rd year spent abroad)
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Our innovative and flexible Liberal Arts BA enables you to create a degree programme that suits your own interests. Select from a wide range of options across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and 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 also have the opportunity to study a language, spend time abroad, and undertake an internship. Major subject options include Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Politics, and Theology & Religious Studies.

Key benefits

  • Choose from 12 majors from across arts, humanities and social sciences - with no mathematics or science requirements
  • You'll be able to choose modules from Politics, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theology & Religious Studies. If you choose to major in Modern Languages, you will spend a full-year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, and the length of your course will increase to four years.
  • A flexible and tailored degree with a wide range of optional modules within your major and beyond. No two Liberal Arts students experience exactly the same programme.
  • A strong focus on developing your skills and making you highly employable
  • King's has been researching and teaching Liberal Arts subjects for over 150 years and is amongst the world's leading universities
  • A truly international staff with a wealth of experience in Liberal Arts teaching
  • Unique Lives of London' module which uses the streets and spaces of the city as a laboratory for interdisciplinary learning
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Liberal Arts enables me to study everything from European politics to theories of moral philosophy, from the history of US slavery to Shakespeare's plays, from Latin American music to urban geography - I never thought I should student so many things at university! 

Justine, Liberal Arts BA, Alumni

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Course Aims

  • 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 degree to your own interests. In year one, you will also take a foreign language module, delivered by King’s Modern Language Centre; you will then have the opportunity to continue studying at the Modern Language Centre throughout your degree. The academic year is divided into two 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. However, if you choose to major in Modern Languages, you will spend a full-year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, and the length of your course will increase to four years.
  • The Liberal Arts BA is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts & Humanities Faculty and from selected subjects in the Social Science & Public Policy Faculty. Throughout your degree, you will have access to an academic advisor on whom you can rely for personal guidance.
  • 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.
  • Choose to develop your own study programme, combining elements from some of the 12 majors on offer. You'll be able to choose modules from Politics, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theology & Religious Studies.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional accredited internships

On this programme, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an accredited internship module (subject to availability), supported by Internship Convenors in your department and King’s Careers & Employability who will support you in navigating your career journey and through online learning and content designed to aide you in sourcing your own internship

Find out more about Internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
For the Music major, A-level Music or Grade 6 Music Theory (through ABRSM examinations or equivalent). In addition, students 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

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

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.

Must include grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of major: see 'Required subjects'.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 6,6,6 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in the relevant subject for chosen major: see 'Required subjects'. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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: January 15th 2021.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Most of your modules will be taught through lectures and seminars.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university. Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student. 

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

The nature of the Liberal Arts programme – where students study across a range of  departments – means the forms of assessment might differ substantially for each student.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

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

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 major subjects. King’s careers service offers an extensive programme of support to enhance your employability.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • A Liberal Arts BA opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

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.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
  • King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows:
  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
  • NB: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2020/21. However, this will be subject to change in subsequent years.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Course Aims

  • 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 degree to your own interests. In year one, you will also take a foreign language module, delivered by King’s Modern Language Centre; you will then have the opportunity to continue studying at the Modern Language Centre throughout your degree. The academic year is divided into two 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. However, if you choose to major in Modern Languages, you will spend a full-year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, and the length of your course will increase to four years.
  • The Liberal Arts BA is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts & Humanities Faculty and from selected subjects in the Social Science & Public Policy Faculty. Throughout your degree, you will have access to an academic advisor on whom you can rely for personal guidance.
  • 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.
  • Choose to develop your own study programme, combining elements from some of the 12 majors on offer. You'll be able to choose modules from Politics, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theology & Religious Studies.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional accredited internships

On this programme, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an accredited internship module (subject to availability), supported by Internship Convenors in your department and King’s Careers & Employability who will support you in navigating your career journey and through online learning and content designed to aide you in sourcing your own internship

Find out more about Internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
For the Music major, A-level Music or Grade 6 Music Theory (through ABRSM examinations or equivalent). In addition, students 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

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

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.

Must include grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of major: see 'Required subjects'.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 6,6,6 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in the relevant subject for chosen major: see 'Required subjects'. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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: January 15th 2021.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Most of your modules will be taught through lectures and seminars.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university. Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student. 

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

The nature of the Liberal Arts programme – where students study across a range of  departments – means the forms of assessment might differ substantially for each student.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

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

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 major subjects. King’s careers service offers an extensive programme of support to enhance your employability.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • A Liberal Arts BA opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

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.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
  • King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows:
  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
  • NB: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2020/21. However, this will be subject to change in subsequent years.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years (a Modern Languages major is 4 years, with the 3rd year spent abroad)
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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