Combined Arts and Combined Social Sciences offer you the opportunity to study a range of subjects to an advanced level. There is a wide choice of subjects and modules. They are also flexible programmes; you are relatively free to choose modules from a diverse range of subjects (as long as you have no timetable clashes), and to change the shape of your degree at the end of the first year (as long as you have studied the relevant required modules). All of which means breadth of knowledge; enabling you to understand both the depth and the context of your subject. 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.
Flexibility and Choice
Combined Arts students must take at least half their modules in the Arts, and Combined Social Sciences students at least half their modules in the Social Sciences.
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.
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Department of English Studies
Department of History
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department of Music
Department of Philosophy
Department of Theology and Religion
School of Education
Department of Anthropology
Department of Archaeology
School of Economics, Finance and Business
School of Education
Department of Geography
School of Government and International Affairs
School of Applied Social Sciences
School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Engineering & Computing Sciences
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics
Department of Psychology
If you wish to study English, French, German, History, Music, or Spanish within Combined Honours, you will need to secure an A level or equivalent in the relevant subject.
It is also possible to study Spanish, Arabic, Italian or Russian from beginners level, though you will still need to have an A level or equivalent in another modern foreign language.
To study Economics you will need AS level Mathematics.
To study Mathematics you will need A level Mathematics and AS level Further Mathematics
Typical offer if you are successful on Supported Progression:
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Combined Honours in Arts
Combined Honours in Social Sciences
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|plus successful completion of the Supported Progression qualification|