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Durham University

Natural Sciences

B.Sc. in X and Y with the Natural Sciences programme

The decision as to whether you will follow a Joint Honours Degree in two subjects or a Natural Sciences degree in two or more subjects is normally taken at the end of the first year of study, follow the link Subjects to find the list. All students intending to apply for a BSc "Joint Honours" degree apply for Natural Sciences (code CFG0). With a Joint Honours Degree, you

  • study the same two subjects in all three years, but students may be allowed to study other subjects as well in your first year depending on the subjects being combined and the timetable.
  • can vary the balance between the two subjects in all years assuming the timetable and regulations will allow it.
  • can never take more than 80 credits in one subject and not less than 40 credits in the other subject.
  • need to take at least 20 and in most cases 40 credits of Capstone modules in Year 3.

The degree title is:

B.Sc. in X and Y within the Natural Sciences programme

where X and Y are the two subjects studied.


B.Sc. "Joint Honours" Combinations available are shown in the table denoted by a * in a white box below

An
Bi
Bs
Ch
CS
ES
Ec
Gg
Ma
Ph
Py
Ps
An
Black Box Black Box Purple Box Purple Box Purple Box Black Box Black Box Purple Box Black Box Blue Box Green Box
Bi
Black Box Purple Box Purple Box Blue Box Purple Box
Bs
Black Box Purple Box Black Box Purple Box Purple Box Black Box Black Box Purple Box Black Box Blue Box Blue Box
Ch
Purple Box Purple Box Black Box Green Box Orange Box Purple Box Purple Box Red Box
CS
Purple Box Purple Box Black Box Black Box Blue Box Blue Box Purple Box Purple Box Blue Box
ES
Purple Box Purple Box Blue Box Black Box Red Box Red Box Purple Box Black Box Red Box
Ec
Black Box Blue Box Black Box Orange Box Blue Box Red Box Black Box Black Box Black Box Red Box *
Gg
Black Box Black Box Purple Box Purple Box Black Box Black Box Purple Box Black Box Purple Box Purple Box
Ma
Purple Box Purple Box Red Box Purple Box Black Box
Ph
Black Box Purple Box Black Box Purple Box Purple Box Purple Box Black Box Black Box Black Box Black Box
Py
Blue Box Blue Box Black Box Red Box Purple Box Black Box Red Box
Ps
Green Box Blue Box Red Box Blue Box Red Box Purple Box Black Box Red Box Black Box

Click on the starred link to reveal the regulations for current students. If a combination is not starred, it may still be possible to combine the subjects. The colour coding corresponds to whether the combined pair is offered elsewhere within the University or the likelihood that the pair will successfully combine over a 3-year degree, see further down this page for a colour key descriptors.

The following abbreviations apply (see Subjects for a description of the groupings):

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 ColourLikehood of subject pair timetabling
Bi Biology An Anthropology Sp Sport Black Box Offered elsewhere in the University
Ch Chemistry Bs Business Ed Education Red Box is less than 40%.
CS Computer Science Ec Economics Orange Box is between 40% and 55%.
ES Earth Sciences Gg Geography Yellow Box is between 55% and 70%.
Ma Mathematics Ph Philosophy Green Box 100%!
Py Physics Blue Box is between 70% and 85%.
Ps Psychology Purple Box is strictly between 85% and 100%.

In the event that the likelihood of a pair of subjects timetabling is no less than 40%, then applicants may apply for this pair of subjects in isolation.
In the event that the likelihood of a pair of subjects timetabling is less than 40% (categorized by a red rectangle), then applicants should apply for three subjects with no guarantee that the first two will be offered. Candidates who fail to specifying three subjects will have an unsuccessful application.

See the exemplars for non combinations that are not Joint Honours pairs.