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The award
MA, MRes

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
7195

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University

Create your own dynamic and individual postgraduate curriculum.

  • A creative and collaborative approach to world issues, explored through an interdisciplinary lens.
  • Explore global culture, economics, politics, and networks, through the arts, humanities, science, and social sciences.
  • Curate your own curriculum, from a range of exciting modules.

Benefit from our cross-disciplinary philosophy studying this distinct Liberal Arts course. This programme allows you to construct a postgraduate course around your particular interests, and to sample several different academic fields, before settling on a personal focus in an extended dissertation/ research project.

Curating your own curriculum is central to the course. You'll be guided in choosing your route through the programme through discussion with tutors.

What you'll learn

Overview

Through your own unique programme you will:

  • understand and address complex world issues, by bringing knowledge from the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, into critical conversation;
  • learn how to listen to your own instincts and curiosities;
  • strategically direct your postgraduate development as a person, academic, and potential professional in your chosen field and in the future workplace;
  • be encouraged to engage with our Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA).

Modules

Core module: Reading the Liberal Arts

Optional modules chosen from six themes:

  • Philosophical belief systems
  • Research skills, questions, and practices
  • People, leadership, and management
  • Creativity
  • Global and multicultural communities
  • Science and the environment

Major project

How will I be assessed?

You may be assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the modules you choose. This may include:

  • Group/individual presentations
  • Essays
  • Research/project portfolios
  • Extended research papers
  • Social science reports
  • Memoirs
  • Screenplays
  • Novels
  • Digital presentations or other form of academic, or public expression
  • Public group performances

How will I be taught?

You may be taught using a variety of methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical workshops

Opportunities

Global Academy of Liberal Arts

You'll be encouraged to engage with the opportunities offered through the activities and resources of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA), such as the GALA Outreach Fund which provides funds to enable students and staff to engage with GALA partners around the world.

Increase your employability

You'll gain transferable skills and develop your personal qualities. We'll ensure you're well prepared for employment that requires:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

On this outward-facing, dynamic degree, you'll benefit from close contact with the University's Employability Team and dedicated employability sessions.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Liberal Arts student you'll be taught across our campuses. You'll benefit from access to:

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA, MResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7195International course fees find out
  • The awardMA, MResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7195International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £7,195 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,600 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £13,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for engaged and motivated students who are interested in exploring world issues from a variety of perspectives. We value interdisciplinary thinking, so the ability to work collaboratively is an important trait we look for in candidates.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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