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Durham University

Natural Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to change the shape of your degree at the end of the first year?

Yes, but the answer depends on the subjects you've taken and on the timetable. The normal expectation is that at the end of Year 1, students carry on studying at least one of their subjects. In the case where a student wishes to:

  • continue into Year 2;
  • only continue with one subject;
  • not to transfer into a single honours programme;
  • to keep breadth to the degree.

They pick up 40 credits (from a total of 120 credits) of a new subjects offered via Natural Sciences. Popular choices are Business, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Education and Geography.

Student who take at least 40 credits in each of two subjects in Year 2 which gives good progression may also start a new subject, they are not required to take 20 credits of that new subject.