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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


HPSS is available as a themed pathway only for students who start with History as either a Single Honours degree or an 'established' Combined Honours 'History and ...' degree, and may then request to transfer to Flexible Combined Honours once at Exeter (transfers in year one are not guaranteed and are subject to approval by Admissions).


Hisitorical, Political and Sociological Studies (HPS) is a themed pathway of study filling the whole of your degree programme (120 credits each year). There are compulsory and optional modules in each of the three subject areas. The optional modules can also be used to take modules outside of the History, Politics and Sociology departments in departments that offer related modules to the general theme of HPS or in something completely different (e.g. a language).

First year programme

Exeter canal - Double LocksThere is a mixture of compulsory and optional modules in the first year:

  • Making History - HIH1400 (15 credits)
  • Either
    • Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory - SOC1037 (15 credits)
    • Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory - SOC1038 (15 credits)


    • Contemporary Society – Themes and Perspectives - SOC1019 (15 credits)
    • Contemporary Society – Fields and Case Studies - SOC1020 (15 credits)
  • Power and Democracy - POL1019 (15 credits)
  • 60 credits of modules in History, Politics, Sociology or other area, with no more than an overall total of 60 credits in any one of those areas – according to availability and timetable constraints

to make a total of 120 credits for this year of study.