Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is comprised of ten Schools and is led by the Dean of Arts. Teaching, learning and assessment in the Faculty of Arts is progressive and dynamic, and both the content and delivery of the programmes are adapt and change each year.

Schools within the Faculty of Arts include:

  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy

Degrees awarded

Three degrees are awarded by the Faculty of Arts:

• The MA (Master of Arts) Honours is awarded to students who complete 480 credits over a period of four years.
• The BA (International Honours) degree is awarded to students who complete 480 credits, including College of William & Mary credit equivalents, over a period of 4 years.
• The MA (Master of Arts) General is awarded to students who complete 360 credits over a period of three years.

Degree structure

The Faculty offers a number of modular programmes which lead to a Master of Arts (MA) degree. The degree is comprised of credit-bearing modules, and you must earn between 360-480 credits depending on the degree you are studying for; 120 credits are usually earned in each full time academic year.

During the first two years of the degree you will study core modules specific to the programme as well as other optional modules – in some cases, these can be from another Faculty. In the second year, you must study a minimum of 80 credits from our 2000-level modules.

During the third and fourth years, you will study 120 credits at 3000 and 4000-level modules, and if you are studying a Single Honours programme these will usually include a dissertation module. At least 90 credits taken in the third and fourth years must be at 4000 level.

You can read more information about the core and option modules for specific degree programmes in the course search, which offers more details about the structure and content of each programme.

Entrance requirements

The specific subject entrance requirements listed on the subject pages are in addition to the following minimum Faculty Requirements. Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  1. SQA National 5 in English and Mathematics (or an approved science*), at Grade B or above.
  2. GCSE in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics (or an approved science*) at Grade B or above.
  3. Passes in other examinations at such levels and in such subjects as the Dean may accept as a qualification equivalent to those mentioned.

Examples of equivalents:

  • National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics at Grade A
  • IB Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) in English and Mathematics/Maths Studies.

*approved sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology

The Dean of the Faculty may grant exemptions from these conditions under some circumstances.

Further information on entrance requirements

  1. Candidates may satisfy the entrance requirements by successful completion of special entry or Access courses.
  2. Applications from mature candidates are welcome and entrance requirements may be relaxed for such candidates in the light of other qualifications and/or experience.
  3. Other UK qualifications such as Open University credits may be accepted in full or partial satisfaction of the Faculty Entrance Requirements.
  4. International students whose first language is not English must have a certain level of English which can be indicated either by a satisfactory score in English language requirements or other proof of English language proficiency such as a high level of achievement within an international qualification.