UCAS codes: V590
Typical offer: 280-320 points
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Degree duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.
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University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.
The core modules introduce students to some of the most profound questions concerning human existence from across a range of subject disciplines. The optional modules look at many aspects of liberal arts in detail, enabling students to pursue those they are most interested in, including studies in the Holocaust, ecology, the soul, religion(s), art, music, science, literature, and education. Both the core and the optional modules take a philosophical approach in exploring their issues and questions.
Study on the programme draws on classical and modern texts, and from contemporary and popular culture, including film, music and art. In summary, a graduate in Modern Liberal Arts will have explored philosophically a vast range of profound and important ideas and concepts, unrestricted by academic subject boundaries. They will have read and reflected on many of the most influential texts in the Western tradition, and beyond, and presented their own conclusions both in writing and orally.
Modern Liberal Arts has the informal and friendly atmosphere that enables students and tutors to get to know each other and to work together. We hold such educational relationships to be the cornerstone of not just our approach to teaching and learning, but of everything we do.
Our teaching is seminar based. We insist on careful reading of texts to provoke questioning, discussion and dispute. Groups are small, and are able to combine reading with the free exchange of ideas. Our tutors are dedicated to showing the contribution that a Liberal Arts education can make in the life of each individual.
Students will experience learning in a number of different ways, including listening and talking to and with tutors and peers, independent research from quiet reflection and questioning, and from the thinking and preparation required for the successful completion of assignments whether they be written or oral. The course gives students increasing freedom in the direction that their work takes over the course of their studies.
Our approach complements well the broader aims of the University to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills needed to excel in their studies here and to transfer these skills to postgraduate studies or to the employment market. The core belief of the Liberal Arts, and of our programme, is that higher education challenges the learner to engage with ways of thinking that change how we think about ourselves, about others, and about the world in general.
Graduates are particularly eligible for all humanities-based graduate-entry jobs. They will be practised in the important skills of written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and project management.
For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?
At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.
Students on the course have commented positively on:
- tutors' availability, approachability, and support
- interesting and well organised content
- 'things fit together rather nicely'
Our students have expressed outstanding levels of satisfaction in the course overall, and in the way staff explain things. Learn more about our programme from our website http://mla.winchester.ac.uk
Assessment in Modern Liberal Arts is designed to let students show us, and themselves, what they are capable of. We want to push students even beyond their own expectations of themselves. Assessments are designed to enable students to show the individual progress they are making. We Students work is closely followed by the tutors who will continually raise the bar for each individual. Students work with their tutors to, to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development accordingly.
Assessment is exclusively by essay and oral presentations.
Our approach to employability and Liberal Arts education is that education can be more than just a training and preparation for a job in such a way as to make students more, not less, employable. The challenges set by the programme are formative and contribute to the development of each future MLA graduate.
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.
While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.