Course Structure

Bristol University offers two Liberal Arts Programmes:

Liberal Arts(BA)
Liberal Arts with Study Abroad(MLibArts)

The Liberal Arts BA programme is taught over three years. The MlibArts programme is taught over four years, with students spending their third year studying at an academic institution abroad.
Students on both programmes will study the following core modules in their first two years of study:

Year 1

The Art of Writing
History of the Present   

An ancient or modern language unit from the following list:
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • Spanish

Year 2

Ideas and Society 
Experiencing the Aesthetic
Arts in the Age of Data 

Year 3 (BA only)

Students on the BA programme will study the following core modules in their final year:
The Public Role of the Humanities

Year 4 (MLibArts only)

Students on the MlibArts with Study Abroad programme will study the following core module in their final year:
Remaining credit allowance will be split between pathway and optional units at the correct level of study. 

What pathways are available?

Bristol University currently offers pathways in the following subject disciplines:
(* - The English, French, and Music pathways are available only to students who hold an A-level or equivalent qualification in that subject.) 

Optional Units

If a student has fewer than 120 credits in any given year of study (once they have been allocated their core Liberal Arts units and pathway units) they may also take ‘optional units’. An ‘optional unit’ does not need to be a unit in your pathway discipline. It can be a unit offered by any department within the Faculty of Arts, which are all listed in the pathways section above. Alternatively, it can be an 'open unit' offered by any department in the university. 

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