Combined Honours degrees

Study for a degree that combines two different subjects; beneficial to those who have particular cross-discipline interests or those who are not yet sure what they want to specialise in.

Why study a Combined Honours degree?

A Combined Honours degree will allow you to: 

  • select modules from two different disciplines based on your specific individual interests, needs and career aspirations
  • tailor your degree to suit your own personal preferences, giving you greater choice of what you study;
  • pursue diverse interests or to explore the connections between two related areas;
  • attend lectures and integrate with students who study single honours courses. Collaborating with a larger pool of students can also enhance your academic and student experience whilst at university.

Maximise your employability

With an ever changing work environment, employers are looking for those who can demonstrate adaptability and diverse knowledge and skills.

Specialising in two subject areas provides you with the opportunity to distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive job market as graduates who are flexible, adaptable, possess excellent interpersonal, organisation and problem solving skills, can undertake independent research from more than one discipline and have the ability to work as part of a team.

Support your further study

If you’re considering pursuing further qualifications at PGCE, MA, MSc or PhD level, as a Combined Honours graduate, you’ll benefit from your substantial experience of identifying the links between different subjects, meaning you can approach research and further study from a number of perspectives.

What makes a Combined Honours degree?

During Year 1: You will be required to take modules to the value of 60 credits in each subject. 

In subsequent years: You may combine the two subjects in any proportion with the following restrictions:

  1. You must take modules to the value of at least 40 credits in each of your subjects at both Years 2 and 3; and
  2. The number of credits taken in a subject at Year 3 cannot be greater than 20 above the number of credits taken in that subject at Year 2.

When you graduate: The title of a Combined Honours degree will be recorded as Subject A and Subject B (in alphabetical order of subject). If required, a degree title of ‘Subject A’ with ‘Subject B’ can be awarded if the credits studied in Subject A is at least 150 at Year 2 and Year 3 combined.

Find your Combined Honours degree

Our selection of Combined Honours courses, one of the most extensive in the United Kingdom, enables you to diversify your learning and employability skills.

Search our undergraduate course listing for an idea of which courses your chosen subject combines well with. 

"I am really glad that I had the opportunity to study two subjects as it enabled me to pursue different interests and work out what I really enjoyed. Although seemingly unrelated; studying biosciences and legal studies combined gave me a unique perspective of both areas. Both law and science involve analysis, studying different approaches to this helped me to develop my analytical skills which has been a huge advantage in pursuing a career as a barrister."

Sophia Stapleton Bioscienes with Law Studies graduate


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