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Department of Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Programmes Manager
Telephone 0114 222 9707

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

World top 100 (54th) arts and humanities faculty
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016

80% of staff rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Are you a high achieving student wanting to relish the challenge of studying more than one subject at university? This established combined honours programme allows you greater flexibility in exploring and pursuing a range of arts and humanities subjects at degree level.

You'll select three subjects at the start of the programme and then have the option of continuing with the three subjects or continuing with two subjects on a dual honours degree. We'll give you academic guidance and support to help you make the right choice.

Subjects you can choose from include: Archaeology, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Polish, Portuguese, Religion, Theology and the Bible, Russian, Sociology, Spanish and Theatre.

If you choose a modern foreign language you will study one year abroad, making the degree four years.

The programme is structured carefully to ensure academic rigour and is supported by a long history of combined honours and multi-subject degree experience within the faculty.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA-AAB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB - ABB dependent on combinations of A Level subjects studied + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36 - 34 dependent on combination of Higher Level subjects studied. Please contact the Department for further details
BTEC D*DD-DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 - D3 D3 M2 dependent on combinations of Princiapl subjects studied
Scottish Highers AAAAA-AAAAB dependent on combinations of Higher subjects studied
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA - B+AA dependent on combinations of A Level subjects studied
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Specific subjects may be required depending on preferred options. For more information about subject requirements, please see:
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 82%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 34%
Coursework 52%
Practical 14%

Arts and Humanities IPO

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities includes five departments, two schools and a diverse range of research centres.

Our academic departments are among the best in the country in terms of learning and teaching, fostering the development of highly employable graduates. We also boast a strong research environment with state-of-the-art-facilities and a long track record of successful collaborations and partnerships.

Arts and humanities encourage us to reflect on what it means to be human, helping us to become active citizens in our communities. We reflect critically on all aspects of human society and culture, past, present, and future, and on the process of reflection itself. We investigate cultures near and far, their ideas, languages, texts and artefacts. Working individually and collaboratively, we continue to develop innovative methods of enquiry within and across the discipline.

Arts and Humanities IPO website

What our graduates do

The combined honours programme leads to a range of careers or postgraduate study.

Combined and joint honours students are regularly better employed than single honours graduates six months after graduation. With the changing nature of careers, a wider range of skills is increasingly important in the job market and the combined honours programme will demonstrate your competency in a variety of areas. You'll gain the organisational skills to manage those effectively and successfully.

Postgraduate study is also an option in any of the disciplines or for interdisciplinary study.

Student profile

"I found being part of more than one department at the University of Sheffield really helpful and I found that it offered me a greater network of support with my studies."

Alice O'Connor
English and French

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Interdisciplinary Programmes Manager
Telephone 0114 222 9707

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