Make it your own

How to study more than one subject

If you want to study more than one subject, you can combine areas that interest you. This is how it works.

Major and Minor Honours
Major/Minor degrees combine two subjects, with more time spent studying one (the Major) than the other (the Minor). They usually involved four modules in the Major subject and two modules in the Minor subject. The two subjects are linked by ‘with’ in the title of the award.

If the Major element is arts-based (eg, English) you’ll be awarded a BA (Hons). If the Major element is a science (eg, Mathematics) you’ll graduate with a BSc (Hons). The final award will read BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Subject A with Subject B, eg, BSc (Hons) Psychology with Education.

Some Major awards have professional body accreditation. For example, a Major in Law would still qualify you for an LLB, and a Major in Psychology would give you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.

Joint Honours
On a Joint degree you study two subjects equally, with three modules in each. The title of the award will contain both subjects linked by ‘and’.

If both subjects are in the arts, you’ll graduate with a BA (Hons). If both subjects are in the sciences, you’ll be awarded a BSc (Hons). If you have one of each, the science-based subject will appear first and you’ll graduate with a BSc (Hons). The final award will read BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Subject A and Subject B, eg, BA (Hons) English and History.

Combined Honours
Our Combined Studies degree is a more flexible course of study – you can choose between two and five subjects from a varied list to design your own degree.

It’s a great choice if you want to study different areas that match your career aims exactly, or if you want to keep your options open. We’ll give you support and guidance to make sure your programme of study reflects what you want to do.

If you study mostly arts modules, your certificate will read BA (Hons) Combined Studies. If you study mostly science modules, you’ll graduate with BSc (Hons) Combined Studies.