Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

What you'll study

Our degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences is a wonderful opportunity for first-class students with wide cultural, academic and professional interests to turn curiosity and creativity into the ability to analyse and contextualise, to communicate and lead.

Programme overview

Students choose a primary group (Arts, Social Science or Natural and Life Science) which remains the same throughout their degree. A different secondary group is also chosen, which may be changed every semester.

Each semester two modules are taken from the primary group and one from the secondary, in addition to a compulsory Liberal Arts and Sciences module exploring research, interdisciplinary and professional skills.

Alternatively, these three groups are subdivided into seven disciplinary pathways which you can follow if you prefer a more structured approach to your studies.

Why study Liberal Arts and Sciences at Surrey

This prestigious new programme demonstrates our commitment to a liberal education that gives you both academic and professional experiences. It involves in-depth research-based study set in a broad context of interdisciplinary knowledge, underpinned by Surrey’s unique approach to personal and professional development.‬‬

‭We have built this degree around our pioneering expertise in personal development and Professional Training to form a programme for gifted, ambitious students that is quite unlike any other in the country. ‬‬‬‬‬

We will develop your ability to look at important issues in their proper context and – on the basis of evidence, insight and reason – to make informed links between different academic disciplines and modes of thought.

‭Most importantly, you will be equipped with the skills and capabilities to engage with new situations. Our degree prepares you to face ever-changing professional environments and the new challenges they will bring, thus giving you an edge over graduates with a less ample suite of attributes.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)


Teaching on this programme is highly interactive and includes a large amount of focused work in groups and as an individual.
 You are placed at the centre of the learning process, allowing you to engage with current knowledge and use it in analytical and problem-solving activities, particularly in seminars and small group work.

The academics leading this programme will help you to grasp the meanings and practice of different disciplines, but also to discover how the insights you gain can be applied to current issues as they emerge, both in the classroom and the professional world.

You will master methods and techniques for case studies, projects, report and diary writing, professional presentations and focused research. Teaching will also be enriched by the latest learning technology, especially through our interactive virtual learning platform, SurreyLearn.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Assessment is a core factor in your learning progress, encouraging you to demonstrate your ability to engage with the knowledge and skills required to succeed during your degree programme and in the professional world.

Given both the scholarly and professional nature of our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, assessment includes not only the traditional use of essays and exams but also formats that you will come across during your career, such as project and report writing, observations of different scholarly and professional environments, reflective professional diaries, and individual and group presentations.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


The University campus provides superb teaching facilities, including spacious classrooms, science and technology labs, the Library and Learning Centre (which contains the most modern technology-rich learning spaces) and a host of services and venues for the arts, including those offered by the world-renowned GSA (Guildford School of Acting).

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

We have study­ exchange agreements with numerous universities, depending on your chosen pathway:

  • Heidelberg University
  • Freiburg University
  • Aarhus University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Brock University
  • Seoul National University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Northern Arizona University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

If you study at one of the European partners you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. You could also choose to work abroad on your Professional Training placement.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The Professional Training Year is optional and each placement is assessed.

Graduate prospects

Our Liberal Arts and Sciences degree is specifically geared to provide a platform of skills, attributes and experiences that will allow you to move into a variety of professional environments, especially those where the ability to analyse problems and offer solutions from a number of disciplinary viewpoints is required.

On graduation, you will be ready for a career in business, journalism, the creative industries, government and politics, charities, international organisations and NGOs, health, science, cultural exchange, academia and more.

More importantly, you will be equipped with the skills and capabilities to engage with new situations throughout your life. Our degree prepares you to face ever-changing professional environments and the new challenges they will bring, thus giving you an edge over graduates with a less ample suite of attributes.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



For those specialising in arts, at least one A-level (or equivalent) in either the arts, humanities or social sciences.

For those specialising in social sciences, at least one A-level (or equivalent) in either the arts, humanities, social sciences, management, business, economics or law.

For those specialising in natural and life sciences, Mathematics at A-level (or equivalent) plus one A-level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject for the chosen area of specialisation, either in engineering, physics or health and medical sciences.

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

34 overall to include 6,6,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers


Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at Grade A(7) and Mathematics at grade A(7) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are made both in terms of appropriate grades in relevant disciplines (depending on what the candidate chooses to specialise in).

English language requirements

7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years LV99 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 3 years L99V View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years WB21 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years WB22 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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