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Undergraduate Study

Flexible study

Flexible Combined Honours Scheme

This scheme enables you to combine modules from a number of different fields of study not otherwise available through an existing Combined Honours programme. See our Flexible Combined Honours section for full details.

Free choice modules

Many programmes include the opportunity to take up to a quarter of your studies outside your main area of study – this could be in another academic subject area, languages or to add some vocational elements such as a leadership module run by the Business School. We now also offer modules from the Business School at our Cornwall Campus too.

If you pass 60 credits of modules in specific subjects such as a foreign language or Entrepreneurship, you will be entitled to add the words 'with proficiency in [subject]' to your degree title when you graduate. Find out more about proficiency options.

You also have the option to take modules identified in our Sustainability pathways. These modules address different aspects of sustainability and will help prepare you for future work in a changing global environment.

Work experience

Many degree programmes have the option to include industrial placements, or employment experience, giving you practical experience in your chosen area of study. Opportunities are available in the UK as well as internationally. See individual programme pages for the options available.

Study abroad

You can broaden your horizons by studying for up to a year in Europe or, in certain degree programmes, North America, Australia or New Zealand (see our Opportunities abroad page).

Learn or improve your foreign language skills

Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have additional language skills and whatever your degree, you can benefit from learning languages.

All our undergraduate modules are assessed and count towards your main degree. Where your degree allows it, you can choose 60 credits in one language enabling you to have ‘with proficiency in Spanish’ for example, added to your degree title. You could also take our modules to help you prepare for study in a foreign country (for example, on a ‘with European Study’ degree or for an Erasmus exchange).

If you have relevant prior language learning, we offer fast-track modules which enable you to progress to a higher level more quickly. We also have languages ‘for business’ that help you develop your knowledge of the language in a business context.

Modules are available at a range of levels from beginners to advanced in:

  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Cornish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

Visit the Foreign Language Centre site for more information.

Part-time study

We offer a range of subjects that are available to study part-time. 

Part-time study involves completing half the number of course modules per academic year as a full-time course. If a full-time undergraduate course is 3 years, the part-time course would take 6 years to complete.

How to apply

If you wish to study part-time, you should contact our Admissions Office: you do not apply through UCAS. The Admissions team will contact the relevant department to confirm whether the course you are interested in is available part-time.

If part-time study is available for your course of interest, the Admissions Office will send you the relevant application form to complete. Please return your completed application to:

Courses not available part-time

The following courses are not available for part-time study at undergraduate level:

When to apply

Application forms must be submitted by the same UCAS deadlines as applications for full-time courses: in October and January.


All course entry requirements, including subject-specific requirements, remain the same, whether you are applying to study full- or part-time. 

International students should note that UK student visas only permit the holder to study full-time.

Fees and finance

Student Finance works differently for a part-time degree; this includes Tuition Fees and any Maintenance Loans to which you may be entitled. To learn more, see the government webpages on finance for part-time study.

Additionally, UCAS provides an overview of how fees for part-time students work, and how to apply: Part time tuition fees. 

For further enquiries, please contact our Admissions team via our online enquiry form.