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Please note this programme is closed for September 2021 entry. Applications will be accepted from October 2021, for September 2022 entry.

  • Plan your studies around your own intellectual interests and questions
  • Explore broad areas spanning philosophy, humanities, social and natural sciences and the fine arts

The Liberal Arts (Latin liberalis, free, and ars, art or principled practice) can claim to be the oldest programme of higher education in Western history. In medieval culture this became formalised as the trivium, with the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.

Essentially, these subjects laid out the uniform laws of what could be known and achieved in the natural universe. These broad areas of enquiry are better known now as philosophy, the humanities, social science, natural science, and the fine arts. This programme offers the possibility to explore ideas across the wide range of these intellectual areas.

It gives you the opportunity to decide the content of your studies through discussion with tutor(s) working within the broad range of intellectual areas which constitute Liberal Arts at Winchester. 


The programme offers training in postgraduate employability skills and enables those in mid-career to return to higher education around their own interests. It is a gateway to a wide variety of occupations, but especially those who require people with a breadth of expertise, and who are not locked into on way of seeing the world. It also provides preparation for those wishing to pursue a career in research in higher education or intend to take a PhD.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: The programme does require face to face meetings between students and tutor, but these have no set times and can be arranged as appropriate.  

Teaching takes place: Individual tutorials take place at mutually convenient times – these assume a high level of self-motivation, together with a readiness to conduct independent study. 


Taught elements of the course take place on campus, Winchester


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent. 

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
Send us a message

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted by 31 May 2021. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.


Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Core Modules

There are no taught modules on this programme; you arrive at essay topics through negotiation with tutors. For the MA, you need to submit four 5,000 word essays on the published deadlines, and write a longer dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Essay topics may include:

  • Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophies
  • Renaissance Humanism
  • Modern Social and Political Thought
  • The Holocaust
  • Religion
  • Philosophy and Music
  • Sociological Theory
  • Philosophies of Education
  • Educational Theory
  • Ecology
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Women's History

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,900
Part-time entry | £3,450 p/a

Total Cost | £6,900

International Students

Full-time entry | £14,100
Part-time entry | £7,050 p/a

Total Cost | £14,100

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.


Printing and Binding
The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

Bursaries, scholarships and awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
On campus, Winchester