Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in one of the subjects likely to be the main focus of interest.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester offers a different and exciting way for students to plan their studies around their own intellectual interests and questions. The programme is designed for those who, after their first degree, wish to return to higher education without having to commit themselves to a specific subject discipline.

The Liberal Arts (Latin liberalis, free, and ars, art or principled practice) can claim to be the oldest programme of higher education in Western history. In medieval culture this became formalised as the trivium, with the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. Essentially, these seven subjects laid out the uniform laws of what could be known and achieved in the natural universe. These broad areas of enquiry are better known now as philosophy, the humanities, social science, natural science, and the fine arts.

This programme offers the possibility to explore ideas across the wide range of these intellectual areas. Students decide the content of their studies through discussion with tutor(s) working within the broad range of intellectual areas which constitute Modern Liberal Arts.

Students arrive at essay topics through negotiation with tutors, as there are no taught modules on this programme.

Topics include:
Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Philosophies
Renaissance Humanism
Modern Social and Political Thought
Utopia and Tragedy
The Holocaust
Philosophy and Music
Philosophies of Higher Education
Women's History

Core tuition is through one-to-one contact; assignments are based on areas of enquiry identified by individual students. In addition, students experience learning in a number of different ways including listening and talking to tutors and peers; independent research from books, journals and the web; quiet reflection and questioning; and from the thinking and preparation required for the successful completion of assignments.

Credits are differentiated and awarded according to the size and number of written projects, again chosen by the student. Titles are individually negotiated between student and tutor.

The programme offers training in postgraduate employability skills and enables those in mid-career to return to higher education around their own interests. It also provides rigorous preparation for those wishing to pursue a career in research in higher education and who are intending to take a PhD.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £4,900
International tuition fee: £10,900

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234