Major subjects

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Your major subject acts as the core of your course, providing you with in-depth knowledge of a particular area and helping to focus your studies. The diverse subject areas you explore through your chosen topics will give you additional perspectives on and enrich your understanding of your major subject.

If you want to study a modern language as your major subject you should apply to BA Liberal Arts (International Language), which incorporates language learning and a residence abroad into your programme of study.

You can find the major subject options for BA Liberal Arts and BA Liberal Arts (International Language) below. Be sure to make a note of the UCAS keyword for your chosen subject, as you'll need it for your application.


Major subject options - BA Liberal Arts

UCAS Keyword 
 Ancient History  Ancient
 Classical Literature  Class Lit
 Classical Civilisation  Class Civ
 Comparative Literature  Comp Lit
 Cultural Studies  Culture
 English  English
 Film Studies  Film
 History  History
 History and Philosophy of Science  HPS
 History of Art  Hist Art
 Linguistics  LNP
 Middle Eastern Studies  Mid East
 Music  Music
 Philosophy  Phil
 Politics  Politics
 Sociology  Sociol
 Social Policy  Soc Pol
 Theatre and Performance  Theatre
 Theology and Religious Studies  TRS


Major subject options - BA Liberal Arts (International Language)

UCAS Keyword

 French French
 German German
 Spanish Spanish

Isabella Durant BA Liberal Arts

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The fact that in a room of people doing Liberal Arts, no two people are studying exactly the same is the perfect situation for a lively exchange of ideas.
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