- 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.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
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 at King Alfred or West Downs, 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.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.
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. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.
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Year 1 (Level 7)
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:
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.
Course Tuition Fees*
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Full-time entry | £5,500
Part-time entry | £2,750 p/a
Total Cost | £5,500
Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a
Total Cost | £12,950
*After changes made in Parliament, all higher education providers must now register with a brand new HE Regulator (the Office for Students) for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. Whilst we don't anticipate any issues with our registration, no provider will be able to confirm whether student finance is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Key course details
- 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
- Typical offer
- Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
- King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester