Combined Arts and Combined Social Sciences offer you the opportunity to study a range of subjects to an advanced level. Both programmes provide a flexible framework, allowing you to specialise in one or two subjects or to develop and sustain much broader interests. If you are self-motivated, independent-minded, intellectually ambitious, and if you want to make creative connections between different subjects, then Combined Honours could be the right degree for you.
Each programme enables you to combine modules from up to four different subjects, up to half of which may be outside the Arts and Humanities or the Social Sciences. Like Natural Sciences, an equivalent programme for science students, the Combined Honours programmes provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary studies, but in each module you will be studying topics in the same depth, and to the same high standard, as you would be if you were taking a Single or Joint Honours programme.
The Combined Honours programmes are very popular, and, therefore, entry is highly competitive. Our typical offer for entry in 2013 will be A*AA at A level, or an equivalent set of grades in comparable qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate.
Transfers into Combined Honours
If you are currently studying on another programme at Durham you may be able to transfer onto Combined Honours if there are spare places. Each of the programmes has a quota, which specifies the number of students we can admit each year, and we recruit prospective students up to our quotas through UCAS applications. Since we must safeguard the quality of the student experience for those who are committed to multidisciplinary studies from the outset, we cannot admit students above this number. If you are interested in applying for a transfer into Combined Honours please contact the Combined Honours office to find out if there are places available and for information about the process.