Aberystwyth University has a lively community, rich history, a passion for culture and a thriving arts scene. Here you can take your learning beyond traditional degree programmes and focus on one of six ‘major’ areas that are all taught by experts in their field of Arts and Humanities. Students will also have the opportunity to study any of the four modern languages taught in the department of Modern Languages from beginners or advanced level. If you have broad interests and curiosities in Literary Cultures, Media Cultures, Theatre & Performance, Visual Cultures, and you enjoy finding connections and contrasts between different traditions, this is the ideal degree for you.
Department of Modern Languages: 93% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 38% more than Language graduates nationally (DLHE 2017)
- Teaching & Learning
Why study Liberal Arts at Aberystwyth University?
- The University is home to one of the largest Arts Centre in Wales.
- Take advantage of the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries) which is a five-minute walk away from campus.
- Opportunity to develop your abilities as a writer, thinker and presenter.
- You can investigate the way digital, verbal, performance-based and filmic media help us to construct and interpret our contemporary world and our own roles and opportunities within it.
- Study French, German, Italian or Spanish from beginners or advanced level.
- Understand how the cultural and historical foundations of our contemporary world influence its potential presents and futures.
- You may transfer to the MLib Arts at the end of Year 3, subject to satisfactory performance and gain an additional qualification.
All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- You must take:
- You must choose 80 credits from the list of modules offered by Departments within the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Department of History and Welsh History. In each semester, one module must be chosen from within your 'Major Area' and one module must be chosen from outside your 'Major Area'
- You must take:
- You must choose 80 credits from the list of modules offered by Departments within the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Department of History and Welsh History. Three modules must be chosen from within your 'Major Area' and one module must be chosen from outside your 'Major Area
As Liberal Arts graduate, you could pursue careers in many different areas including including business and commerce, law, teaching and academia, journalism and the media, culture and heritage, the civil and uniformed services. This course also provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study.
What skills do acquire from studying this course?
By studying Liberal Arts at Aberystwyth University, you will be gaining sought after transferable skills by employers. Our programme fosters your analytical, evaluative, critical and creative thinking, together with your ability to learn and synthesise new skills and ideas. You will also demonstrate your organisation skills and capacity to work to deadlines, communicate effectively and carry out independent research.
At a time when the business world is becoming increasingly global, your experience studying abroad will impress a potential employer. You will learn to view the world from fresh perspectives, becoming more independent, mature, versatile and confident in the process.
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
- In your first year you will discover modules from a range of different disciplines, you will take two specially-designed core modules. These will help you develop your critical thinking across traditional subject boundaries and explore broad questions from a number of perspectives.
- In your second year you will explore a choice of six thematic areas and also take modules from a broad range of disciplines to supplement your learning. The thematic areas are: ‘Exploring the Past’, ‘Languages’, ‘Literary Cultures’, ‘Media Cultures’, ‘Theatre & Performance’ and ‘Visual Cultures’.
- In your third year you undertake research training (in the first semester) and write a dissertation (with regular sessions of individual tutorial guidance) during the second semester on a topic covering a chosen aspect of your ‘major’ area.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB-AAB
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
30-34 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact email@example.com