FCH ...

facebook logo

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


Student in libraryHow many Independent Study or Dissertation credits can I take?

Within Flexible Combined Honours, you can take a maximum of 60 credits overall of Independent Study and departmental dissertations during your degree.

You cannot do more than 45 credits overall of departmental dissertation and Independent Study in the same academic year.

Most departmental dissertations are 30 credits.

Some departments (e.g. Biosciences and Geography) have 45-credit dissertations.

The maximum number of credits allowed for FCH Independent Study in one academic year is 30.

30 credits is the usual amount of dissertation / Independent Study studied and the recommended. The 15-credit Independent Study can be taken, but is not recommended as usually the allowed word length is too short to be able to adequately reflect the amount of research undertaken.

The Independent Study module exists in variants of 15 and 30 credits. See module descriptions for details.