Combined Honours

Combined Honours Modules


Find out more about Combined Honours modules for 2021-22

We've developed a range of bespoke modules to maximise opportunities for students and develop autonomy and skills.

Our Combined Honours modules have been designed in partnership with our current students, at their suggestion. They have helped to develop many specific features, including assessment methods. 

If you decide to take a Combined Honours module you'll be supported through:

  • regular workshops
  • dialogue with peers and teaching staff
  • individual supervisory advice

Graduate Development

These modules give you an opportunity to develop and enhance your graduate attributes and skills.

These modules require students to have a volunteer role in or outside of Combined Honours, for example, Peer Mentor, SSC rep, PASS Advisor, Society Officer, Peer Welfare Ambassador, CHallenge Committee member, or to be leading a developmental project that contributes to the student experience.  You will be encouraged to reflect on work in that role or project in order to develop professional skills and graduate attributes that you feel you can improve. 

12 students are needed on each module for them to run.

Module CodeModule TitleCredit ValueSemester 
HSS2100 Graduate Development in Second Year  20 1&2
HSS3100 Graduate Development in Final Year 20 1&2

Project Modules

If you want to do an in-depth independent project in your second or final year on a topic of your choice, we've developed project modules.

Project modules are available to Combined Honours students who want to undertake a research project into one or a combination of their subjects of study or a related field. This may be interdisciplinary, cross disciplinary or drawn from a single discipline in focus. You choose your own project and the type of ‘output’ is your choice too. It could be a research report but it could also be a film, a website, or a play.

There are two modes of support on these modules; workshops and supervision.

There is HSS2300 in Stage 2, or HSS3500 or HSS3099 in Final Year. 12 students are needed on each module for them to run.

Module CodeModule TitleCredit ValueSemester
HSS2300  Combined Honours Second Year Project (capped at 15) 20 2
HSS3500 Combined Honours Final Year Project (20 credits) 20 1&2
HSS3099  Combined Honours Final Year Project (40 credits) 40 1&2

Careers Service and Development Modules

The University’s Careers Service offers three Career Development modules that enable students to use their work experience to gain academic credit in their degree programme (either at Stage 2, Final Year, or both).

There are three available ‘routes’ through Career Development modules: student tutoring (in schools, colleges, or on campus), volunteering, or learning from work (in a part time job).  Further information is available at:

Students will need to pre-register with the Careers Service indicating their interest in and suitability for, one or more of the different routes.  In addition, you will need to ensure that you have completed the pre-requisite for a particular route e.g. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (formerly CRB Check) application / check for the student tutoring route (as working with children). The modules run across both semesters (10 credits in each).  Students will spend a minimum of 50 hours at their placement – either a half or full day each week, spread over Semesters 1 and 2 (but with at least 30 hours in Semester 2). This should cover at least 10 weeks to allow continual reflection to occur between placement visits and teaching sessions.

StageModule CodeModule TitleCreditsSemester
2 NCL2007 Career Development for second year students (Capped at 80) 20 1&2
3 (Final Stage) NCL3007

Career Development for final year students (Capped at 240)

20 1&2

 In addition to the above Career Development modules, the University’s Careers Service also offers the following modules: 

StageModule CodeModule TitleCreditsSemester
2 NCL2100

Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability (Capped at 60)

This stage 2 or final year module enables students from mixed disciplines to develop enterprising abilities through exploring a venture creation project.


20 1&2


University-wide Career Service Placement Year module:

If you want to gain academic credit for a year of in-depth experience, there is an optional placement year which is taken between Stages 2 and 3 (which would be your Intercalating Stage).  If you're not already taking an intercalating Stage through a language subject, you can choose to undertake a placement year. You must identify and confirm a placement provider for a minimum of a 9-month (work) placement (although some students undertake a 12-month placement).  The placement must be approved by the Careers Service.  More information is at:


StageModule CodeModule TitleCreditsSemester
Intercalating (Between Stage 2 and 3) NCL3000

Career Service Placement Year (Capped at 125)

120 1&2

Combined Honours Intercultural Awareness module

This module provides the opportunity to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in intercultural awareness.

The module involves participating in a collaborative online international learning (COIL) experience with a cohort of students based at Loyola University in Baltimore MA, USA.

This module is HSS2400 in Stage 2. 12 students are needed on this module for it to run.

ModuleTitleModule WeightingSemester
HSS2400 Developing Intercultural Awareness (capped at 30) 20 2