Combined Studies offers you a degree which allows you to study course units from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and some Sciences. The degree is structured around a range of disciplines, and is therefore able to draw on a wide range of University Schools in order to make a wide selection of courses available to you. The structure of the degree is designed to provide both coherence and flexibility.
The Literary Studies area of specialisation allows you to study a wide variety of literature. The main bulk of the courses are provided by English and American Studies, but options are available from Drama, Comparative Literary Studies and Latin/Greek. Literary Studies is a very popular option with almost half of the students reading Combined Studies at any one time taking this area.
In the Philosophy study area the central courses are those offered in Philosophy, which will provide a foundation for Philosophy options in your second and third year. By the second year you will be able to choose from a wide range of courses including Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Logic and Ancient Philosophy. In the third year there are further courses on particular philosophers, Social Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Law. You will be given advice at the beginning of your second year about prerequisites for any third-year courses you may be keen to follow.
-Combine arts, social sciences and some sciences in a single degree programme.
-Wide range of courses available.
A degree in Combined Studies gives access to numerous possibilities for further study or training, and future employment: our students have become teachers, translators, journalists, social workers; have joined TV companies and multi-national firms; have entered, in fact, all the careers usually open to Arts and Social Science graduates. Many go on to postgraduate study. In our experience many employers look favourably on students who have demonstrated their abilities in more than one field.