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You can take a number of different qualifications. The undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications illustrated below are routes many students are taking, or have already successfully followed.


  • BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities

    From poetry to string quartets, and from sculpture to short stories, the extraordinary range of human culture offers rich possibilities for study. This broad and absorbing course develops a deep understanding of the world we live in and how we got here, covering a fascinating variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language and English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and religious studies. 

  • BA (Honours) Classical Studies

    The ancient Greek and Roman worlds have given us a heritage of extraordinary richness and diversity. This accessible and rewarding course explores classical literature, history, culture, philosophy, art and archaeology through key places and periods – including Pompeii, Roman Britain, Athens in the fifth century BC, and Republican and Imperial Rome – with options to study ancient Greek and Latin. 

  • BA (Honours) Criminology and Law

    Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system, and examines its relationship with criminal behaviour. You’ll explore issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice.

  • BA (Honours) Criminology and Psychology

    How and why do different societies define specific acts as 'crimes' and certain people as 'criminals'? Why do some people develop addictions, not others? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? Is crime best understood as the product of individual choices or social conditions? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how governments determine what they will and won't tolerate, and why.

  • BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

    If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. A comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature, it investigates how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts, and explores literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. You’ll explore writing and speech in a wide range of forms, and develop your skills in the interpretation of literary and non-literary texts. 

  • BA (Honours) English Literature

    If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this course is for you. English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. On this course you will study a range of texts dating from around 1570 to the present, from poetry to fiction to film, and discover a variety of approaches for reading them. You will develop your skills of analysis and communication, enabling you to take a fresh look at familiar texts, and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.  

  • BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing

    This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage. 

  • BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

    Environmental issues are posing multiple challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. These challenges can only be addressed effectively if the complex connections between the societal (social, political, economic, cultural, and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of environmental issues are taken seriously. This innovative interdisciplinary degree combines the social and natural sciences to help you understand these different dimensions and why their interrelationships matter as we respond to intensifying environmental change.

  • BA (Honours) History

    This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender – learning the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches. 

  • BA (Honours) History and Politics

    This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history mostly after 1750 while providing a critical understanding of political ideas, institutions, issues and theories. You’ll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, security and insecurity, global justice, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism and resistance, class and gender. Throughout the course you will be learning the skills of both the political scientist and the historian in studying historical materials and contemporary problems; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past and current events as well as future trends; and investigating a range of critical approaches to historical and political analysis and understanding in an integrated manner

  • BA (Honours) International Studies

    Our world is divided into different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and individuals extend across regions and the globe. This course explores the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create – focusing on international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security; international economics and development; cultural and religious interactions between different societies; and global environmental problems.

  • BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

    What is the self? What makes us happy? How do we know what other people are thinking and feeling? Do humans display irrational biases? How does the environment affect people’s physical and mental health? What is justice and why does it matter? How does science make progress and can we trust it? Is there a God? This fascinating course explores how we seek the answers to profound questions about ourselves, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe.

  • BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights? Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. This degree explores fundamental questions of power and ideology, beliefs and values, and how income and wealth are produced and distributed.

  • BA (Honours) Social Sciences (start date: Oct 17)

    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps a range of professionals – such as police officers, civil servants, business executives and social workers – who want to base their decisions on the best evidence. This qualification is designed to be very flexible, enabling you to develop a variety of knowledge and skills from a combination of subjects including psychology, sociology, criminology, geography, politics and economics.

  • BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

    Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving problems and you are interested in the practical application of economics and mathematics, this degree course could be what you are looking for. It will give you a thorough grounding in mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and a sound knowledge of economic theory – together with a good understanding of economic issues.

  • BSc (Honours) Forensic Psychology

    What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of crime? This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You’ll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do.

  • BSc (Honours) Geography and Environmental Science

    By combining the study of geography and environmental science you’ll discover the complexities of our relationship with the natural environment. This qualification will enable you to understand and consider responses to the urgent challenges of climate change, globalisation, development, biodiversity loss, migration and urbanisation. This degree takes a holistic approach to topics such as deforestation, sustainable water resource management, pollution control, conservation and governance.

  • BSc (Honours) Psychology

    Psychology is all around us and touches upon every aspect of our lives. This fascinating degree investigates why we do the things we do; how we interact with others; how psychologists use research evidence to explore and debate issues such as ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, and relationships; and much more. 

  • BSc (Honours) Psychology and Law

    Why do people harm others? What role does the law play in regulating justice within a society? In this stimulating combination of psychology and law, you will tackle fascinating questions like these, and gain an understanding of how we think, behave and interact with each other, as well as the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law.

  • BSc (Honours) Psychology with Counselling

    The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. Psychological therapies are rooted in psychological understanding, so this degree provides a strong foundation in psychology with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change.

  • BSc (Honours) Social Psychology

    In this qualification you will consider how social psychology can be applied to contemporary life. You’ll also explore psychology more broadly, gaining insights into people's behaviour. Why do people go to war against their neighbours, or take part in protests? Has globalisation made people across the world more similar, or do old differences persist? How have gender identities changed? What does it mean to be a good citizen?

  • MA in Art History

    Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture, build your analytical and critical skills, and develop the skills needed for independent study and research. You will start by exploring the core concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history from Renaissance Italy to the contemporary Caribbean, before building on these foundations to expand your understanding of visual and material objects – incorporating architecture, landscape and reproduced images. You will consider art history and art and design in their intellectual, institutional and professional contexts, and finally plan, research and write an extended piece of work based on your own interests.

  • MA in Classical Studies

    This fascinating course examines many different aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, language and material cultures – through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. You will investigate the different disciplinary fields of classical studies, bringing you into direct contact with a wide range of fragmentary evidence from classical antiquity such as surviving texts and artefacts, which you’ll examine from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. You will also acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study, culminating in a dissertation.

  • MA in Creative Writing

    This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a writer in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and scriptwriting for film, radio and the stage. You will be able to write in a genre of your choice and experiment with at least one other through practical and inspiring activities. You will hone your writing practice through sharing, reading and critiquing work in progress, and will work towards producing a substantial piece of your own creative writing to a professional standard. 

  • MA in English

    From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You will broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. You will develop your independent skills in literary research, culminating in a dissertation on a topic and texts of your own choosing. This course can help you pursue or develop a career in the media, culture and knowledge industries, and other professions that require understanding of literature and culture, and skills in the creative use of textual analysis.

  • MA in History

    If you have a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this fascinating MA course could be what you are looking for. It explores aspects of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950, introducing the key themes of Poverty and welfare, Crime, Police and Penal Policy, The role of families, Urban History, Religion and Industrialisation. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials, you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

  • MA in Music

    This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings, and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. Your studies will be firmly based in the digital humanities – using creative technologies to develop your research skills and critically analyse different musical sources. You will encounter a number of musical topics, themes and repertoires from different periods and styles, as you engage with Western, non-Western and popular music.

  • MA in Philosophy

    Please note this qualification is no longer open for new registrations. A new version of this qualification is planned to start in October 2017.

    Studying the MA in Philosophy will hone your ability to think clearly, reason logically, and develop your essay writing, research and analytical skills. You will put forward and evaluate arguments while exploring current debates and issues in social and political philosophy – engaging with a wide range of fascinating philosophy texts and areas of contemporary philosophical enquiry. You’ll begin by considering contemporary debates in philosophy on the theme of personhood, before examining issues such as citizenship, nationalism, and democracy. Finally, you’ll undertake a substantial piece of independent enquiry with a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

  • MSc in Development Management

    This MSc provides learning opportunities, culminating in a research project that will enhance your capacity to manage development. If you have responsibility for development interventions, you will find your practice challenged and developed. If you are a professional – engineer, health worker, educationalist, banker, for example – working in development contexts, you will develop an understanding of those contexts, and a grasp of the skills necessary to negotiate them. And if you are thinking about moving into development work, you will find a guide to the world you are entering and build up a variety of skills needed to manage development.

  • Foundation Degree in Counselling

    The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counsellors and psychotherapists are helping us cope. This foundation degree, developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), will prepare you to become a professional counsellor – equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

    Students for this degree undertake a research programme that requires proficiency in research methods and techniques and shows an adequate knowledge of the literature. The study should also make a distinct contribution to scholarship in your field. A thesis for the MPhil degree should be no more than 60,000 words in length.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management

    If you have responsibility for development projects, programmes or policies, are thinking about moving into development work, or are a professional – an engineer, health worker, educationalist, banker, for example – working in a development context, this diploma will enable you to develop skills that enhance your ability to bring about good change. Whatever the setting of your work – in a national, international or inter-governmental agency, a government or non-governmental organisation, a public or private enterprise – you will find yourself exploring matters that are key to that work, and reflecting critically on development management theory, policy and practice – including your own.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

    This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating disciplines including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, French, German, history, music, philosophy, religious studies and Spanish. As you work through the course, you’ll develop your cultural literacy and deepen your understanding of the past – while sharpening your critical awareness and refining the skills of debate and analysis that are highly valued by employers. 

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

    The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counsellors and psychotherapists are helping us cope. This diploma, developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), will prepare you to become a professional counsellor – equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Law

    If you’re fascinated by the legal system and why people engage in criminal behaviour, and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a range of careers, this diploma is for you. You’ll explore issues such as antisocial behaviour, surveillance, security, social justice, social welfare and environmental degradation. In this diploma, you’ll also take a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system, and examine its relationship with criminal behaviour.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychology

    How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’?  Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how governments determine what they will and won’t tolerate.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Studies

    Climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion: environmental issues are posing challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. This interdisciplinary diploma combines the social and natural sciences to provide you with both knowledge of the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of such issues, and understanding of why recognising the connections between these different dimensions is so important if the environmental challenges we face are to be effectively addressed.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

    If you’re interested in psychology and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, this diploma is for you. You’ll explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology and Law

    If you’re fascinated by the legal system and how we think, act and interact with each other, this diploma is for you. You’ll tackle fascinating questions such as why people do harm to others, and what role law plays in regulating justice within a society. You’ll explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on love, sexuality, artificial intelligence, superstition, psychic phenomena, conspiracy theories and psychopathy; and focus on two important aspects of law.

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Social Sciences (start date: Oct 17)

    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as individual activity? How does recession affect ordinary households? This diploma explores how social scientists seek to answer some of today’s most pressing questions, and how they find evidence to test their ideas and theories. You’ll investigate the way our lives are shaped by individuals, groups and institutions – and by the end of your studies, you’ll have changed the way you look at the world forever.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    A thesis for the Doctor of Philosophy must make a significant contribution to knowledge, be worthy of publication and give evidence of your ability to undertake further research without supervision. A PhD thesis should be no more than 100,000 words in length.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

    This certificate presents a framework for looking at the origins of all kinds of conflict – from civil wars to community disturbances – and introduces the theory, policy and practice of intervention. It explores the nature of development from an international perspective, and is relevant to work in a wide range of contexts, including humanitarian or military agencies, post-war support operations, and conflict resolution around gender, class or ethnicity.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management

    This qualification addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers and scientists – who need the capacity to manage development and bring about change. You will be introduced to the theory, policy and practice of development management, and explore the nature of development from an international perspective. You will also gain a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a view to managing those processes better.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management

    This certificate will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights law and development in the context of business practices. It is designed to facilitate constructive and informed decision making, giving you a thorough grounding in all areas of corporate social responsibility in domestic to global contexts. You will develop the skills needed to help and encourage organisations to respect human rights, avoid harm to people and the environment, and maximise their positive contribution to sustainable development. 

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities

    If you have a passion for the arts and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this certificate course provides you with an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications. You will deepen your understanding of art history, classical studies, music, philosophy or creative writing, while developing advanced research and analytical skills that will give you the edge in today’s competitive jobs market and prepare you for further academic study.

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

    This certificate provides a broad introduction to the arts and humanities, including history, art history, philosophy, classical studies, religious studies, music and English – expanding your cultural horizons while training you to think and argue clearly. Apart from sheer enjoyment, it offers excellent preparation for further study and will give your career prospects a boost. 

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

    Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they’re under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them.

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology

    If you’re interested in psychology and would like to learn more, or find out if it’s the right subject for you, this certificate could be the ideal starting point. You’ll learn about the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues – including ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, relationships and much more.

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

    What shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Why do people continue to smoke when they know the risks, and why do governments want to reorganise the NHS? Social scientists build theories and conduct research to understand why and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions.

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