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Whether you aspire to run arts venues, curate exhibitions, work in government or create films, start your career with a degree in Liberal Arts. Discover creative methods of engagement and leadership that will help you to shape the future of our cultural, heritage, political and creative industries. 

  • Complete the degree as a traditional three-year programme or as an accelerated two-year programme with two summer school intensives.
  • Study a cross-section of Humanities subjects, with the option to major in a subject area, should you choose to specialise.
  • There are behind the scenes field trips to cultural institutions and industry-led work placements available.
  • Opportunities to engage in public presentation and creative projects through media outputs, film and podcasts.

Why study Liberal Arts?

On this degree you will explore the Arts and Humanities in an interdisciplinary programme, studying a broad range of subjects. This includes aspects of History, English, Film, Creative Writing, Theology and Politics.

As a Liberal Arts student, you will develop your knowledge, your analytical and communication skills and blend this with your own creativity to make connections across different academic areas, becoming a well-rounded graduate with an enviable skill set.

On successful completion of the degree, you will be able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the public role of the arts and humanities. You'll show an ability to cross traditional subject boundaries, comparing and contrasting different disciplinary approaches, and draw productive links between them.

There are many opportunities to get involved with creative projects such as film and podcasts throughout the degree. You can also complete a work placement, building your network of industry contacts who will offer support as you progress into your career. 

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s is a friendly campus university in leafy West London, with fantastic transport links to central London and Heathrow Airport. Within the campus you will find the historic Strawberry Hill House, Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture.

You will be taught by leading academics and industry specialists. They will help you to prepare for a wide variety of careers that demand creative, analytical and flexible thinking. The team look to support you as an individual and work hard to help you develop the skills that employers look for.

The degree also includes opportunities to attend behind the scenes field trips to a range of cultural institutions. This includes the Royal National Theatre, Museum of London and the Imperial War Museum.

You can study this degree at a pace that suits you:

Choose your own path

In your first year, you will study compulsory Liberal Arts modules along with three modules of your own choosing. This will give you the opportunity to try out a broad cross-section of subjects, discovering new links and creating new knowledge.

Beyond that, in years two and three, you can design your own degree by choosing either to select modules from the broad selection of study areas on offer, or alternatively you can choose to take the majority of your optional modules in one study area and graduate with a BA Liberal Arts with a major in that area e.g. BA Liberal Arts (History). Find out more about the major pathways here:

Placements and professional experience

There is also an opportunity to complete a work placement and to build a network of industry contacts that can offer support as you progress into your career. St Mary’s works closely with theatres, concert halls, museums, heritage sites, publishing houses and charities, to achieve a strong portfolio of placement opportunities for Liberal Arts students.

Foundation year

Liberal Arts is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

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Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent). (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Liberal Arts.

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Course content

In the first year, you will study three core modules and three modules of your own choosing from across a minimum of two subject study areas.

You will study two core modules in the second year and select four optional modules. If you wish to follow a major pathway you will need to choose a minimum of three modules from that subject study area.

There is one core module in the third year and you will need to select an additional four optional modules. If you wish to follow a major pathway you will need to choose a minimum of three modules from that subject study area.

Indicative modules might be as follows:

Year one

  • Reason, Evidence, Argument Core
  • Rethinking Modernity Core
  • The Public Role of the Arts and Humanities Core
  • Writing Short Fiction Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Voices in Contemporary Fiction Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Foundations of Literary Study: Tragedy Optional (English)
  • London Theatre Optional (English)
  • Introduction to Critical Theory Optional (English)
  • Contemporary International Theatre Optional (English)
  • Contemporary Fiction Optional (English)
  • Poetry in the Modern World Optional (English)
  • Film, Style and Form Optional (Film and Media)
  • Digital Cultures Optional (Film and Media)
  • Media History Optional (Film and Media)
  • Harry Potter and… Optional (Film and Media)
  • Digital Production Optional (Film and Media)
  • British Film and TV Optional (Film and Media)
  • Writing Short Fiction Optional (Film and Media)
  • Doing History Optional (History)
  • Transatlantic Histories of Slavery Optional (History)
  • War and Society Optional (History)
  • The Mediterranean World Optional (History)
  • Revolutions and Rebellions Optional (History)
  • Art and Power Optional (History)
  • What is Politics? Optional (Political Science)
  • Comparative Politics Optional (Political Science)
  • Introduction to International Relations Optional (Political Science)
  • Introduction to Political Economy Optional (Political Science)
  • British Politics Optional (Political Science)
  • Foundations in Biblical Interpretation Optional (Theology)
  • Key Concepts in World Religions Optional (Theology)
  • Fundamentals of Systematic Theology Optional (Theology)
  • The Nature of Religion Optional (Theology)
  • Introduction to Ethics Optional (Theology)

Year two

  • Working with the Liberal Arts Core
  • Researching the Liberal Arts Core
  • Writing Lyrics and Poetry Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Writing Genre Fiction Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Screenwriting 1 Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Curating London Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Writing the Renaissance Optional (English)
  • Gothic Cultures 1760-1900 Optional (English)
  • Romanticism: English Literature and its Background 1776-1832 Optional (English)
  • Curating London Optional (English)
  • Narrative and Identity in the 19th Century Novel Optional (English)
  • The Irish Literary Revival on Page and Stage Optional (English)
  • Eighteenth Century London: Writing the Metropolis 1700-1832 Optional (English)
  • North American Cinema Optional (Film and Media)
  • Screen Theory and Criticism Optional (Film and Media)
  • Cult Media and Identity Optional (Film and Media)
  • Documentary and World Cinema Optional (Film and Media)
  • Multimedia Production Optional (Film and Media)
  • Screenwriting 1 Optional (Film and Media)
  • Liberty or Death: The French Revolution Optional (History)
  • Australia: Great Southern Land Optional (History)
  • Race and Ethnicity in the US Optional (History)
  • Popular Culture, Politics and History Optional (History)
  • Public Histories Optional (History)
  • The Hundred Years’ War Optional (History)
  • The Sixties Optional (History)
  • Theory, Practice and History of Diplomacy Optional (Political Science)
  • EU Politics and Policy Optional (Political Science)
  • Political Ideologies Optional (Political Science)
  • Political Economy of Global Development Optional (Political Science)
  • God in Christ Optional (Theology)
  • Religion and Reason Optional (Theology)
  • Ecclesiology Optional (Theology)
  • Medieval Islamic Thought Optional (Theology)
  • Religion in Contemporary Society Optional (Theology)
  • Bioethics Optional (Theology)
  • Theological Anthropology Optional (Theology)
  • Special Study for English Optional

Year three

  • Liberal Arts Independent Project Core
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • Creative Non-Fiction Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Writing Adaptations Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Writing Children’s Fiction Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Journalism 2: Reviews and Features Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Screen and Script: The Codes and Structures of Film and Television Narrative Optional (Creative Writing)
  • Modernisms in English Literature Optional (English)
  • Writing Conflict: Literature of the First World War Optional (English)
  • Literature and the Unconscious Optional (English)
  • Bob Dylan and the Lyricism of Protest Optional (English)
  • New Voices: Twentieth-Century Literature Optional (English)
  • The Paradox of Horror Optional (Film and Media)
  • Screenwriting 2 Optional (Film and Media)
  • Disney and Animation Optional (Film and Media)
  • The Beatles and the Counterculture Optional (Film and Media)
  • Screen and Script: The Codes and Structures of Film and Television Narrative Optional (Film and Media)
  • The Ottoman Empire Optional (History)
  • Renaissance Kingship Optional (History)
  • Liberating Histories Optional (History)
  • Tudor Queenship Optional (History)
  • Collective Memory and the Second World War Optional (History)
  • Civil Rights in the US Optional (History)
  • Nations and Nationalisms Optional (History)
  • Political Communication Optional (Political Science)
  • Global and Social Economic Trends Optional (Political Science)
  • Counter Radicalisation and Terrorism Optional (Political Science)
  • Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Organised Crime Optional (Political Science)
  • International Organisations Optional (Political Science)
  • Hindu Texts Optional (Theology)
  • Metaethics Optional (Theology)
  • Theology and Culture Optional (Theology)
  • Religion and Politics Optional (Theology)
  • Christian Ethics Optional (Theology)

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

The Liberal Arts degree programme will equip you with skills that are highly desired by employers, including the ability to research, analyse complex information, to work both independently and as part of a team in order to create solutions.

Our programme will set you apart in a competitive job market as you meet the growing demand for dynamic, business and public service leaders.

You will take a bespoke Liberal Arts work placement during your second year and also have the opportunity to take an optional further placement in the final year.

Whilst on placement you will carry out a project that both enhances your understanding of organisational culture and feeds into the work of the host employer. This will develop the attributes needed to help support your future career.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Liberal Arts students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Most modules will share the common 4 hour per week structure of Humanities programmes which includes 3 hours of seminars/group tutorials and a 1 hour lecture.

However, the applied nature of the programme means that much of the work is supported by consultancy with key industry figures/mentors.

The Liberal Arts Independent Project is assessed in a variety of different ways from traditional dissertation to website design, podcast, short film – the media most appropriate to showcase the learning aims defined at the project’s inception.

Students will be allocated a personal tutor, but in line with the focus on collective problem solving embedded through the course content, each cohort will also meet as a group on a weekly basis.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 19%
  • Guided learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 40%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

There are a large range of assessment strategies available. You'll be expected to not just develop your skills as an academic writer through formal essay, but as a charismatic communicator through public presentation, a group problem solver through project work and a creative artist through media outputs, film, podcast and/or performance.

All forms of assessment will be designed to enable lecturers to meet the three-week turnaround requirement for feedback.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

*Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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