Clearing 2021

Liberal arts

The subjects we study at school are tiny pieces of an infinite jigsaw.

Liberal arts

You have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

You’re fascinated by a variety of subjects and require flexibility with your studies. You crave the freedom to think freely and imaginatively, whilst maintaining an expansive range of knowledge through your degree.

Liberal Arts at Essex draws on multiple disciplines in order to discover new knowledge and reach a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Your degree will encourage you to embrace your broad way of thinking whilst honing your critical awareness and handing you the tools you require to change the world for the better.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.

Why study here?
  • Study at one of the UK’s leading universities for social science and the best for politics.
  • You have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.
  • Our flexible structure and wide range of optional modules means our students become versatile, highly-sought and intellectually imaginative graduates.

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Interdisciplinary study was a founding principle of Essex. It is built into the very fabric of our campus.

Our famous University squares are designed to encourage knowledge transfer and collaboration. We're sharing new ideas and challenging the status quo from an interdisciplinary perspective - rounding on our expertise in history, literature, politics, law and human rights, sociology, art history and philosophy.

Studying Liberal Arts as a postgraduate means you can approach issues of global importance, such as environmental sustainability, indigenous rights, digital worlds and more, with support and insight from a wide variety of subject areas. 

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.

Why we're great
  • Our staff are experts in their field and our common interest in the environment is key to our research.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in field trips throughout your studies.
  • Our flexible course structure enables you to pursue the modules best-suited to your interests.
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.