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Liberal Arts Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Hugely popular in the USA, our liberal arts degree covers a range of subjects across the humanities and social sciences; disciplines that enable you to develop a breadth of knowledge and skills.

Studying a liberal arts degree allows you to benefit from working with experts across our teaching team in subjects including English, creative writing, history, American studies, international relations, sociology, media and journalism. The liberal arts degree can increase your global awareness, confidence and ambition and give you the problem solving ability and flexibility that you need to succeed in any career.

“The Liberal Arts course at the University of Derby is an exciting 21st century degree”

Simon Philo

“The Liberal Arts course at the University of Derby is an exciting 21st century degree in the humanities - one that will set you academic challenges and offer you plenty of opportunities for real world engagement that will enhance your employability.”

This is Liberal Arts

  • The Liberal Arts degree at the University of Derby is studied inside and outside the classroom. In a region which played a significant role in the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, and so helped shape the world we live in, we make the most of the rich cultural and heritage resources on our doorstep
  • The University of Derby is one of the first UK universities to offer this highly regarded 21st century qualification - eminent graduates of this course around the world include Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, heads of state and business pioneers, as well as leading figures from the arts world
  • A liberal arts graduate is typically more adaptable, insightful and confident, a good communicator and thinker, a team-player with refined negotiation skills and cultural awareness
  • You can choose to study in America for part of your second year. This enhances your academic experience, boosts your confidence and increases your global awareness.

What our Liberal Arts graduates do

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts at Derby is cutting edge, relevant and designed to give you the best start in your career.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • business and commerce
  • teaching and academia
  • journalism and the media
  • culture and heritage
  • civil and uniformed services.