Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts - BA (Hons)
with a Year Abroad

Broaden your knowledge by exploring a wide range of subjects from across the University. Learn how different academic disciplines interact and examine the ideas and forces that drive our world. Explore new pathways and follow your interests. Develop your language skills and learn about another culture with a year abroad.


Become a more flexible thinker by learning about the many methods humans have used to interpret and deal with the world around them. Develop a broad skill set that can be adapted to careers in many areas, including diplomacy, the civil service, international organisations, NGOs, the media, banking and teaching.

Although you are a student of the School of Politics and International Relations, you will be taught by academics from all across the University. You receive high quality teaching informed by cutting edge research on a range of political, social, economic and cultural issues.

Reasons to study Liberal Arts at Kent

  • Study a wide range of modules developed by our innovative lecturers, who advise governments around the world. Build your degree around your interests.
  • Take a look at our After Kent series to find out what our amazing graduates achieve.
  • Join the supportive and welcoming community on our Canterbury campus, set among green and tranquil open spaces, with access to the world-class resources of our Templeman Library.
  • Shape your degree outside of the classroom through our Politics and IR Society and Kent Model UN. These student-led societies host regular events, talks and debates with high-profile speakers, such as Jess Phillips MP on tackling domestic violence.

What you'll learn

You learn to take a flexible approach to questions and challenges, based on a wide ranging experience and analysis of ideas from different academic disciplines. You take core modules that help you through collective discussion and debate around seminal readings to analyse and understand how and why we think and act the way we do. You take optional modules in subjects that can include Anthropology, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies and Sociology, and benefit from the insight of staff who are experts in their area of study. You learn a foreign language and put your skills to use in a year abroad.

See the modules you'll study

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We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level


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    Grade C or 4 in English Language and Grade C or 4 in a modern European language other than English or experience of learning a second language

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

  • medal-empty International Baccalaureate

    30 points overall or 15 at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 65% overall average including 60% in the Academic Skills Development module (plus 60% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 6/B or equivalent).

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.