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Liberal Studies (English)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2020
  • Future start date: Sep 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: January 2020: £17,750, September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: Q300
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also study a variety of other topics. This flexible structure gives you the freedom to tailor your education to reflect both your personal and professional interests.

The specialist knowledge and broad-ranging skills you will develop on this programme will prepare you for a career in almost any professional environment.

The types of skills you will gain include:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Social responsibility

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (English) programme focuses on the history of English Literature from the medieval period, through the Renaissance, Enlightenment and Romantic eras and up to the present day. To complement your programme, you will study Shakespearean Drama, US Literature (from the colonial period to the present), Cinematic Adaption of Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory, and Creative Writing (non-fiction, fiction and poetry).

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills that are valuable to any employer.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

This degree programme will give you a highly transferable set of skills, crucially the abilities to analyse textual materials and construct arguments in response to them. These skills will prepare you for a wide and diverse variety of job roles in almost any industry.

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Programme brochure

This is a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your English major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature The purpose of this module is to introduce students to major authors, texts and critical concepts within the fields of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. The module will furnish students with an understanding of texts, the genres to which they belong and the historical contexts that informed them. An introduction to some key critical schools, approaches and interpretations will be provided. Students will be exposed to a range of critical perspectives while being encouraged, through seminar discussion, to consider and debate their respective merits. Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained through the 'Introduction to the Humanities' (level 3) knowledge and skills as well as considering how the material interrelates with that covered in the mutually illuminating courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature' and 'Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism' (all level 4). Some of the knowledge and skills imparted through this module provide a foundation for the level 6 courses "Shakespearean Drama 1 - Comedy and History" and “Shakespearean Drama 2 - Tragedy and Tragicomedy”. Core module for English majors.
Introduction to Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature The purpose of this module is to introduce students to major authors, texts, ideas and critical concepts within the fields of Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature. The module will furnish students with an understanding of texts, the genres to which they belong and the historical contexts that informed them. An introduction to some key critical schools, approaches and interpretations will be provided. During seminar discussions students will consider and debate the respective merits of a range of critical perspectives. Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained through the 'Introduction to the Humanities' (level 3) knowledge and skills as well as considering how the material interrelates with that covered in the mutually illuminating courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature' and 'Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism' (all level 4). Core module for English majors.
Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature The purpose of this module is to introduce students to major authors, texts, ideas and critical concepts within the fields of Victorian and Modern Literature. The module will furnish students with an understanding of texts, the genres to which they belong and the historical contexts that informed them. An introduction to some key critical schools, approaches and interpretations will be provided. During seminar discussions students will consider and debate the respective merits of a range of critical perspectives. Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained through the 'Introduction to the Humanities' (level 3) knowledge and skills as well as considering how the material interrelates with that covered in the mutually illuminating courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature' and 'Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism' (all level 4). Core module for English majors.
Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the major areas of modern literary theory and literary critical practice. The module will focus on techniques of literary critical practice such as close reading, poetics and approaches to analysing narrative while also exploring major theories and critical approaches which emerged in the late twentieth century and continue to be used to the present day. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of those theories and how they compete with or complement each other. Core module for English majors.
Introduction to Creative Writing: Narrative Nonfiction This module encourages students to use their own individual experience, memories, observations and insights, to craft, shape and share narrative pieces which serve as an introduction to some of the key tools of creative writing. It is a process-based module which emphasizes consistent participation and growth over the semester, which requires no previous experience but could be equally valuable to writers from other genres who would like to try their hand at an increasingly popular form of creative writing. Core module for English majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Intermediate Creative Writing: Working with Form This module aims to introduce writers to working within forms to develop an individual voice, and alternates between poetry and short fiction. It is a process-based module offering a structure which mirrors professional writing practice: writing from prompts, exploring inspiration, evaluating ideas, giving and receiving feedback, developing drafts and finally, becoming aware of the community of other contemporary writers, both peer and published, via focused reading and class discussion. Core module for English majors.
From Text to Screen: Shakespeare the Movie This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of a Shakespeare by analysing how his plays have been adapted to the screen. A close reading of source material will be followed by in-depth discussions of a broad range of key filmic renderings of Shakespeare’s dynamic plots and vivid characters, ranging from the early days of cinema to recent film adaptations. Core module for English majors.
U.S. Literature I: Colonial Period to the Civil War The purpose of this module is to prepare students to identify, analyse and discuss key literary figures and themes and to identify the historical, cultural and literary contexts in which the figures write. The method used is a close reading, analysis and discussion of representative texts of the relevant periods. A broad range of texts and literary genres is reviewed, including historical narratives, autobiography, poetry, short stories and novels. The ultimate aim of the module is to enable students to identify, analyse and discuss literary, thematic and stylistic features that are unique to and distinguish particular periods, literary forms and individual writers. Core module for English majors.
U.S. Literature II: Civil War to the Present The purpose of this module is to prepare students to identify, analyse and discuss key literary figures and themes and to identify the historical, cultural and literary contexts in which the figures write. The method used is a close reading, analysis and discussion of representative texts of the relevant periods. A broad range of texts and literary genres is reviewed, including historical narratives, autobiography, poetry, short stories and novels. The ultimate aim of the module is to enable students to identify, analyse and discuss literary, thematic and stylistic features that are unique to and distinguish particular periods, literary forms and individual writers.

Core module for English majors.
London's Literature This module will furnish students with a developed understanding of a body of literature that has been inspired by the British capital. Students will relate the literary qualities of a range of texts - such as their complex meanings, their literary and/or dramatic effects, their prose and/or poetic styles, their narrative structures - to the historical, geographical, cultural and socio-political contexts that inspired them. Students will analyze and debate the diversity of ways in which a single city has been interpreted and represented in literary form as well as engaging with pre-existing critical positions, interpretations and/or theories regarding the material. The module builds upon the knowledge and skills imparted through the Level 4 courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature', 'Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature'.

Core module for English majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Advanced Creative Writing: Extended Project This module aims to allow writers mastery over an extended writing project, developed with the help of the tutor, from initial concept, through planning, structure, feedback, drafting and revision, culminating in a novella, series of chapters or novella-sized.

Core module for English majors.
Literature in Context This module will furnish students with an advanced and highly detailed understanding of the relationship between a body of literary works and the historical events - such as a war, revolution, or similarly transformative phenomena - that inspired them. We will focus upon contrasting literary representations of related historical phenomena analyzing individual authorial perspectives, shared cultural discourses and established or developing generic conventions. Students will develop an advanced understanding of the art of historically contextualized literary criticism, reading works in dialogue with one another, with other historical sources and with subsequent interpretations of them. Throughout 2015-2018 the course's topic will be First World War Literature. Core module for English majors.
Shakespearean Drama 1: Comedy and History This module will furnish students with an advanced understanding of the genres of Shakespearean Comedy and History through detailed engagement with the meanings and literary-dramatic techniques of a number of plays belonging to each genre. It aims to impart a developed comprehension of the roles of the following in the determination of literarydramatic meaning: different media of reception (including both printed text and theatrical performance; alternative modes of performance (such as the contrasts between original ‘bare stage’ playing conditions and the conventions of post-Shakespearean performance and/or adaptation) and various historical contexts (including the time of composition and those of subsequent moments of reception). Where appropriate the plays will be contextualized with reference to other Shakespearean literature and to the works of other comparable writers, dramatists and thinkers, Students will study printed texts, filmed theatre performances and/or cinematic adaptations and attend, when possible, a live theatre performance. The knowledge and skills imparted through this module are closely linked to those of the other level 6 module “Shakespearean Drama 2 - Tragedy and Tragi-comedy” although core module content will not be repeated across the two modules. Both courses build upon the knowledge and skills imparted through the level 4 module "Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature". Core module for English majors.
Shakespearean Drama 2: Tragedy and Tragi-comedy This module will furnish students with an advanced understanding of the genres of Shakespearean Comedy and History through detailed engagement with the meanings and literary-dramatic techniques of a number of plays belonging to each genre. It aims to impart a developed comprehension of the roles of the following in the determination of literary-dramatic meaning: different media of reception (including both printed text and theatrical performance; alternative modes of performance (such as the contrasts between original ‘bare stage’ playing conditions and the conventions of post-Shakespearean performance and/or adaptation) and various historical contexts (including the time of composition and those of subsequent moments of reception). Students will study printed texts, filmed theatre performances and/or cinematic adaptations and attend, when possible, a live theatre performance. The knowledge and skills imparted through this module are closely linked to those of the other level 6 module “Shakespearean Drama 1 - Comedy and History” although the core module content will not be repeated across the two modules. Both courses build upon the knowledge and skills imparted through the level 4 module "Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature".Core module for English majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for

Application deadlines

January 2020

Priority Deadline - Wednesday 11 December 2019

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September 2020

Early Deadline - Wednesday 11 December 2019

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Priority Deadline - Wednesday 15 January 2020

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Late Deadline - Wednesday 25 March 2020

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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Bursaries

As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting January 2020: £17,750

Starting September 2020: £18,000

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Please note, requirements for future intakes are subject to change.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected] Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London applicants only.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.
 

 

This programme will provide you with a highly transferable set of skills that will prove valuable in both your professional and personal life. The ability to analyse materials and construct balanced arguments is a core process in many professions. Many English majors will go on to work in roles that utilise these analytical skills. Potential industries you could consider moving into after graduating from this programme include:

  • Advertising
  • Arts sector
  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (English)

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (English) with Integrated Foundation

Annouska Ruparell

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"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell