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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.

Key benefits 

  • A flexible and tailored degree with a wide range of optional modules within your major and beyond
  • A strong focus on developing your skills and making you highly employable
  • An interdisciplinary focus on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, with no mathematics or science requirements
  • 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
  • Course delivered at The Strand Campus in the heart of London, within easy reach of numerous cultural and political institutions
  • Unique ‘Lives of London’ module which uses the streets and spaces of the city as a laboratory for interdisciplinary learning

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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 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.

Teaching

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.

Most of your modules will be taught through lectures and seminars, including units delivered by one of the world’s most distinguished academics.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment 

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include essays and written examinations. The nature of the Liberal Arts programme – where students study across a range of departments – means that forms of assessment might differ substantially for each student.

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.

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

 

Structure

Year 1

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

In each year you will study a required module plus a combination of optional modules, including your choice of major in Years 2 and 3.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

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

You are required to study a 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.

Optional Modules

You are also required to take 75 credits from a range of optional modules designed to give a broad introduction to academic study, and prepare you to study a subject in more depth in years two and three. The range of optional modules may typically include:

  • Issues & Topics in Music 1 (15 credits)
  • Issues & Topics in Music 4 (15 credits)
  • Introducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
  • Classical & 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 & Modern Greece (15 credits)
  • What is Comparative Literature? Conceptions & Methods (15 credits)
  • Comparative Literature: Theoretical Foundations (15 credits)
  • Between places: Nomads, Exiles Travellers (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Politics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Politics in Theory & Practice (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 1 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophy 2 (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)
  • Theories of New Media (15 credits)
  • Digital Methods 1 (15 credits)

Year 2

Subject majors
In your first year, you are required to choose a subject major from the wide range offered in the Faculty, and this will form approximately 50% of your degree in years two and three. Majors may typically include:

  • Classical and Hellenic Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Digital Culture
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish, or Portuguese)
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Theology and Religious Studies
Required Modules

You are required to take the following module:

Optional Modules

In addition to your required module, you will choose optional modules from an extensive range within your major subjects (60 credits) and in other major subjects outside your chosen major (45 credits), including the chance to continue studying a language. Your non-major modules will usually be chosen from subjects you studied in Year 1.

If you accumulate enough credits in a second subject this will be recognised in your degree title as a minor.

You will have the chance to spend the second semester of Year 2 at one of the College’s global partner institutions, which include the National University of Singapore, 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.

Alternatively, if you are on the Modern Languages pathway you will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, before returning to complete the final year of your degree.

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.

Year 3

If you are studying the three year BA you will take the final year modules in your third year. Alternatively, if you are on the Modern Languages pathway you will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, before returning to complete the final year of your degree.

In your final 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

You are required to take the following module:

  • Translations across Disciplines (15 credits)

A dissertation may be undertaken in line with the individual major requirements.

Optional Modules

You will continue to choose optional modules within your major subject (60 credits) and in other major subjects outside your chosen major (45 credits), including the chance to continue studying a language. Your non-major modules will usually be chosen from subjects you have studied in Years 1 and 2.

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.

Year 4

Students on the four year Modern Languages pathway will spend their third year studying abroad before returning to complete their final year at King’s.
Required Modules

You are required to take the following module:

  • Translations across Disciplines (15 credits)

A dissertation may be undertaken in line with the individual major requirements. 

Optional Modules

You will continue to choose optional modules within your major subject (60 credits) and in other major subjects outside your chosen major (45 credits), including the chance to continue studying a language. Your non-major modules will usually be chosen from subjects you have studied in Years 1 and 2.

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.

Entry requirements

 

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. 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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) 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

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

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

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

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

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.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

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 'Required Subjects'.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in any relevant subject for chosen major (see 'Required Subjects')

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

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 'Required 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 'Required 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 'Required subjects'
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

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

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

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.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language 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: January 15th 2020.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 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/expenses

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 £6,000 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.

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.

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

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