What is a dual honours course?
Dual honours courses at undergraduate level allow you to pursue two fields of study which lead to a single degree. This allows you to continue to study more than one subject that you enjoyed at school or to broaden your horizons by exploring different areas of study. There is also some flexibility in how you structure your programme.
Taking a dual honours course doesn't mean it is more work; you take the same number of credits (120 each year) as a student studying a single subject but rather than having all your credits within one field, you will split your credits evenly between two subjects.
There is a great balance between depth and breadth with dual honours courses. By studying 60 credits in each subject per year, you will get the chance to examine a discipline in good depth but you will have a much wider range of learning too.
Our faculty has lots of experience running dual honours courses and we also have an established Interdisciplinary Programmes Office which assists with the smooth running of our programmes.
Flexible Dual Honours
Most of our Dual programmes have been made even more flexible in order to allow you to weight your degree differently so that you can study more of what you want. To see which courses can be studied as a flexible dual honours programme, please take a look at our courses page. The chart below shows some of the different ways in which a flexible dual honours course can be structured.
With the flexible dual honours programmes, you aren't tied down to any particular weighting so you are able to study more of one subject one year and then more of the other subject the year after, the choice will be yours.
With a wide range of interesting and stimulating modules available across the University, you may like the idea of exploring one or two more additional subjects. Many of our dual honours programmes allow students to take credits from outside their two departments in order to broaden their knowledge even further. If you have unrestricted credits, you don't have to select modules offered outside of your departments but you will have the freedom to do so. To see which subjects allow for unrestricted credits to be taken and in which year, please consult the Modules page. The chart below shows how your course may be structured if you have some unrestricted credits.
What can I do with a Dual Honours degree once I graduate?
A dual honours degree really does open up your options once you graduate. If you wish to go into teaching, you will be able to study a PGCE/PGDE in either of the two subjects you studied. Similarly, you will usually be able to study a masters course which is related to either one of your subjects.
A dual honours course not only gives you two clear areas you may wish to pursue as a career but the flexible approach to learning and range of skills such a degree provides means that many of our graduates have been able to find careers in areas unrelated to their degree.