Student choice

There are several ways in which you can shape your degree to fit your interests and career plans:

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 a leadership module run by the Business School. We now also offer modules from the Business School at our Cornwall Campus too.

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.

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 if you are based in Exeter.

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:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Visit the Foreign Language Centre site for more information.