How your degree is structured

You can combine subjects in various proportions and the proportion can change each year, provided any core, compulsory modules are taken.

All our undergraduate degree programmes are made up of a number of modules, each of which has a particular credit value, usually 15 or 30 credits. You take modules to the value of 120 credits in each year. Your credits could be arranged in a number of combinations, the modules simply need to add up to a total of 120 credits each year. If you choose to study two subjects you could equally weight the credits as 60/60 or you could make one subject a major and one subject a minor through a 75/45 or 90/30 credit arrangement. If you study three subjects you would organise your credits as 45/45/30 or 60/30/30. 

 

Year 1

In your first year you usually take a combination of one or more compulsory modules, plus optional modules chosen from those available in that year. Please be aware that some subjects only offer compulsory modules in order for students to have a thorough understanding in order to progress to second year and third year study eg. BioSciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology.

If you are a prospective student and would like to find out more about the subjects available for study, module choices and entry requirements please visit the FCH undergraduate pages.

If you are a current student and would like more information on the subjects available for study and module choices please visit our current students page.

Note – optional modules are subject to change and not all modules are available to FCH students, due to timetable constraints. 

Year 2

In your second year you will have more choice of modules and will be able to structure your degree to reflect your own preferences. It is possible to drop a first year subject and start a new one or follow a new themed pathway.

If you are a prospective student and would like to find out more about the subjects available for study, module choices and entry requirements please visit the FCH undergraduate pages.

If you are a current student and would like more information on the subjects available for study and module choices please visit our current students page.

Note – optional modules are subject to change and not all modules are available to FCH students, due to timetable constraints.

Note – some subjects are unlikely to allow second year entry due to space and timetabling. For example: Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Philosophy, English, History, Medical Sciences and some other subjects.

Year 3

If you study a language through the Modern Language department, as 50% of your degree, you will spend your third year abroad as an integral part of your programme.

If you are a non-language student you can apply directly for a four year programme, or transfer once you are at Exeter. You will spend your third year in a partner university on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study, which teaches in English, or carry out a graduate-level work placement in the UK or abroad.

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Final year

During your final year you can also include research-based independent study or a dissertation with individual supervision in a subject of your choice.

If you are a prospective student and would like to find out more about the subjects available for study, module choices and entry requirements please visit the FCH undergraduate pages.

If you are a current student and would like more information on the subjects available for study and module choices please visit our current students page.

Note – optional modules are subject to change and not all modules are available to FCH students, due to timetable constraints.