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  • 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


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Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) offers a degree structure that lets you study a range of subjects, related or totally diverse, in a very flexible manner.

FCH allows you to develop a particular blend of knowledge and skills in line with your own subject interests and career objectives. You are guided in this development throughout your degree by the FCH staff, academic staff in each of your subject areas (FCH subject co-ordinators) and your personal tutor – all are there to help you choose the most appropriate academic pathways and to get the most out of your degree and time at Exeter.

Students at ExeterAt its simplest level, FCH lets you combine two subjects for which there is no currently existing 'established' Combined Honours degree – e.g., Psychology and Criminology; Geography and Economics; or Management and Sports Science. Three subjects may also be possible, if you can fit in the required core modules for these and the timetable is viable – please do contact us if you are considering three subjects. More than three subjects is not usually allowed as it is unlikely to be viable.

Student in Mardon HallYou can study a related or diverse range of subjects from those offered by most departments of the University. This includes combining subjects across the areas of arts/humanities, sciences and social sciences, so you can create degrees such as French and Mathematics; Biosciences and Theology; or Psychology and Management.

Alternatively you can take a thematically linked programme of modules from a variety of departments, to create your own unique, and specifically named, degree, e.g., International Development; Military History; or Sustainability. Such thematic pathways can form the whole of each academic year or part of it – you could, for example, take Archaeology combined with a pathway you create yourself in Ancient Languages or take Geography combined with a pathway in Mediterranean Studies. Usually students start with a combination of 'established' subjects and then create thematic pathways from their second year.

Students on study abroadThere is the option to spend up to a year studying or working abroad and you can include a foreign language within your degree if you need to develop one. Help with choosing the appropriate level of language for you to study is available from the Foreign Language Centre.

Work experience can be part of your degree. Employers place great emphasis on this - over 60% of jobs go to those on internships.

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

You can also drop a first year subject and start a new one or follow a new themed pathway from the second year.

FCH can be taken full- or part-time.

More information (pdf factfile )


Modules and timetable

Note that all modules are offered subject to availability, capacity and timetable permitting.

The University does its best to prevent the clash of core modules in student timetables, but sometimes this does occur. Usually alternative modules in one of the subjects can be found. The taking of optional, as opposed to core, modules is subject to capacity, the timetable being viable and not all optional modules are offered every year. This could mean that students may have to choose alternative modules.


The degree title

GraduationThe title of your degree reflects your areas of study, e.g.

  • BA (Hons) in Economics and International Relations
  • BSc (Hons) in Biosciences and Psychology
  • BA (Hons) French and Mathematics
  • BA (Hons) Mediterranean Studies
  • BA (Hons) Military History and Sustainability

The phrase Flexible Combined Honours is not mentioned in your degree title – it is purely an 'administrative' term used within the university.


Transfer to FCH after your first year

As your interests develop during your first year you may find that your existing degree programme does not allow you to follow the particular things you wish to pursue.

FCH may provide a way of following your own particular interests and ambitions.

You can apply to transfer to FCH during your first year at Exeter, for your second and subsequent year(s) of study.

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