In today's highly competitive job market it is the graduate with the greatest range of subject knowledge and skills that will be able to offer prospective employers exactly what they are looking for. Therefore, many students opt for a combination of subjects rather than a single Honours programme. The University of Sunderland offers around 30 subjects which can be combined in a variety of different ways to create programmes tailored to the diverse and demanding needs of today's graduates and their employers, offering a unique flexibility which allows students to combine complementary or diverse subject disciplines in line with their particular interests.
Subjects can be combined as either major-minor (two subjects with an emphasis on one of them), or dual (two subjects combined on an equal basis). There is also the opportunity to take a range of skills based modules in areas such as Languages, E-Learning, Students as Tutors (gaining classroom experience in local primary and secondary schools), Independent Study (developing skills such as research planning and management, analytical and critical thinking, communication and negotiating, presentation, etc.) through the use of elective modules as part of your degree. For a list of subjects available in Combined Subjects please click here.
To download a copy of the Combined Subjects Brochure please click here.
Combined Honours is normally a 3 year programme if studied on a full-time basis, longer for part-time study. The University normally allows students to change the balance of their study programme, with many students choosing their final combination at the start of the second year.
If you study a Combined Subjects degree you will be supported throughout the course of your study by a team of academic staff who provide guidance on all aspects of the degree via Personal Development Planning (PDP) and by acting as personal tutors throughout the degree.
You can choose to study abroad for all or just part of your second university year, and you don't need a foreign language to do it. We have exchange agreements with universities all over Europe, from Lapland in Finland, right the way south to Coimbra in Portugal and many countries in-between. Several European universities teach courses in English, so language needn't be a barrier and you may even qualify for some extra cash under the EU Socrates-Erasmus scheme. Further afield we have study abroad programmes in the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. The time you spend abroad replaces the time you would have spent in Sunderland, so your degree will take the normal length of time to complete, but you'll be packing in more experience and excitement.
Teaching and Assessment
You will learn by a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Individual courses have additional teaching methods particular to their subject, such as role-plays, computer-assisted learning and video/multimedia presentations.
You are encouraged to develop as an independent learner supported by a variety of facilities including the well-equipped library, on-line databases, CD-ROMs and full Internet access. You can also obtain excellent support and advice from the University's Student and Learning Support Service. Assessment techniques vary and usually include essays, examinations, computer-based evaluation, reports and or group presentations.
For more information on Combined Subjects please contact the Marketing and Recruitment team on 0191 515 3192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.