If you are independently minded and enjoy studying and mastering more than one subject, you will find Combined Honours at Newcastle has plenty to offer.
You have unrivalled flexibility to choose topics from our Single Honours degrees, creating a unique pathway spanning two or three subjects of your choice.
Explore new interests or developing your existing expertise with this intellectually demanding interdisciplinary degree programme.
Study complementary subjects or choose unusual subject combinations to reflect your individual interests and career aspirations.
Combined Honours at Newcastle achieved an impressive 92 per cent overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2013, ranking us 3rd in the UK.
We offer over 20 different subjects, meaning you can create a degree that is as unique as you are.
You could combine complementary subjects such as Archaeology, History and Classics – or unusual subject combinations such as Business, Politics and Music.
You can also choose to study a language and spend a year abroad, which can boost your confidence and your CV (see below).
Please note that some of the subject combinations possible through Combined Honours may already exist as a Joint Honours degree at Newcastle. We may advise you to transfer your application to one of these degrees if that appears a better match for your interests.
The flexibility of our degree programme means you can study up to three subjects in your first year, before deciding to carry on with all three or drop down to two for the remainder of your degree.
This gives you the freedom to try new subjects, without committing to your final subject choice until Stage 2. Alternatively, if you know the two subjects you want to study, you may study only those from your very first year.
In first year, you divide your time equally between the two or three subjects you have chosen. From second year onwards, you can choose how you want to combine them.
In your final year, you have the option of undertaking a dissertation that spans more than one of your chosen subjects or focuses on just one.
Your degree certificate will reference the subjects you studied in Stages 2 and 3, allowing employers to identify your areas of expertise, for example, BA Combined Honours (English Literature and French).
Though the details may vary depending on which subjects you choose, as a guide you will normally attend three or four lectures and a similar number of seminars a week. You are taught by staff from within the different subject areas that you choose to study, which means you learn from specialists in each field.
You have access to a wide range of modules, which include a variety of assessment methods ranging from course work to examinations. Stages 2 and 3 students also have access to optional independent research and project-based modules. If you take a modern language you will spend a year abroad, usually between Stages 2 and 3. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in the individual subject module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
Combined Honours at Newcastle offers six different language subjects: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Students studying a language:
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There is a strong sense of community amongst our students: we run a student mentoring scheme, pairing first years with a current Combined Honours student for help and support; there is also a student common room where you can meet people informally.
You are welcome to join our active Combined Honours student society; you also have access to student societies in your chosen subjects, giving you even more opportunities to meet new people.
I would recommend Combined Honours because it is so diverse. You can choose most of your modules, so your degree is taylor-made to your interests
The flexibility of the degree means that you get to meet so many people, there is not one other undergraduate doing exactly the same modules as me!