You will have the opportunity to develop subject-specific knowledge in contrasting or complementary academic subjects and a broad range of practical skills, personal qualities and intellectual capacities.
Each year you will study six modules from two, three or four subjects. In the first year you must study the core module for the degrees, Perspectives on Human Nature. The core module:
- provides a foundation for the study of the humanities and the social sciences
- explores the concept of ‘human nature'
- covers a series of thinkers from the Enlightenment to the 20th century
- introduces concepts and perspectives that cross-cut disciplines and help you make connections between them
Flexibility and Choice
Alongside the core module, choosing your other subjects in the combination 1+2+2 gives you maximum flexibility as you move into year 2, but you can choose other combinations such as 2+1+1+1 (four subjects), 3+1+1 (three subjects), or 2+3 (two subjects).
You will normally maintain continuity of study by including modules from the same two, three or four subjects in each year. During your second and final years however, you can concentrate your studies by taking four modules from one subject (other than English) and two from another subject in each year. You will also write a dissertation in your final year, enabling you to focus in depth on an issue of particular interest to you.
Choice of modules is subject to their availability from year to year, to timetable constraints and to the approval of the Director of Combined Honours. Choice of certain modules is subject to specific A-level (or equivalent) entry requirements.
If you choose Psychology as one of your subjects it is possible to meet the exemption requirements for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society. For further details please see the relevant FAQ.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Teaching styles differ between subjects. Most include lectures in large groups to give you the foundations for more detailed study and seminars to allow for debate and tutorials in smaller groups. Where applicable, you will also take language classes which use a variety of techniques to improve your skills in the oral and written use of a foreign language. In some subjects there are also practical classes.
You gain your degree classification through assessment of coursework, the dissertation and end of year examinations.