Chapter 13 - Combined (Joint), Major/Minor and Triple Honours and Integrated Masters Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Programmes may be developed that comprise more than one subject. The balance of subjects may be organised so that the overall programme is delivered on a major/minor, combined(joint) or triple basis. The maximum number of subjects that may be combined to achieve a given named programme is normally two; however, where the programme regulations permit, a student may take modules from a wider range of subject areas.

In developing undergraduate curricula, subjects are combined according to the following rules to provide for major/minor, combined(joint) and triple combinations (see tables below for more complete rules):

a) Combined (Joint) honours: a combination where there is an approximately equal balance between two subjects; each subject contributes at least 30 academic credit points at the level of the award.

b) Major/Minor honours: a combination where the minor subject accounts for at least a quarter of the programme and the major subject accounts for at most three quarters of the programme; the major subject contributes at least 30 academic credits at the level of the award, and the minor subject area contributes at least 15 academic credit points at the level of the award (the subject ratio is between 2:1 and 3:1).

c) Triple (three subject) honours: a combination where there is an approximate equal balance between three subjects; each subject contributes at least 15 academic credit points at the level of the award.

d) Single honours: those programmes that are approved as a single entity. A single honours programme may comprise one subject or may reflect a combination of subjects presented as an integrated whole. The title of a single honours award reflects the nature of the programme’s curriculum and outcomes; it does not need to follow the conventions identified above but should normally include some study at the level of the award in any named subject.

3 year Bachelors or 4 year Bachelors including year out (the year out does not contribute when calculating the credit weight of the component subjects)
Credit requirementMaximum credits per subjectMinimum credits per subjectOverall minimum credits required at level 6Minimum credits per subject required at level 6
Single honours 360 360 90 n/a
Combined (Joint) 210 150 30
Major 270 240
Minor 120 90 15
Triple (1:1:1) 150


4 year integrated Masters
Credit requirementMaximum credits per subjectMinimum credits per subjectOverall minimum credits required at levels 6 and 7Minimum credits per subject required at level 6Minimum credits per subject required at level 7
Single honours  480 480 210 at levels 6 and 7 with a minimum of 120 at level 7      n/a n/a
Combined (Joint)  270 210  30  30
Major  360  315  30  30
Minor  175  120  15  15
Triple (1:1:1)  190  120  15  15

For joint programmes, the conjunction ‘and’ is used to join the two subjects, with the two subjects listed as approved in the programme specification.

For major/minor programmes the major subject is listed first in the name of the award and the conjunction ‘with’ is used to join the two subjects.

For triple (three subject) programmes the subjects are listed as approved in the programme specification with a comma separating the first two subjects and the conjunction ‘and’ used before the listing of the third subject.

e) Flexible Combined honours: allows the combination of two or more subjects in a flexible manner which does not duplicate any existing ‘established’ Combined Honours programme. A single subject, known as a ‘themed pathway’, which is different from any existing Single Honours programme, can also be created. The titles of the award indicate the programme’s content and use appropriate conjunction terms (‘and’, ‘with’ or commas) to reflect the proportions of curriculum studied (FCH degree rules).

3 year Bachelors or 4 year Bachelors including year out (the year out does not contribute when calculating the credit weight of the component subjects)
Description Credit required
Overall credits 360
Overall minimum credits at level 6 90
Overall maximum credits at level 4 180
Minimum credits for a subject (non-language) to be mentioned in the degree title. Credits are accrued in Stage 2 and/or 3; Stage 1 credits do not normally influence the degree title. Credits do not have to achieve a particular level. 60
Minimum credits for a language to be mentioned in the degree title. Credits can be accrued in Stages 1, 2 or 3. Credits do not have to achieve a particular level, but the degree title may reflect the level passed. 60
Minimum credits overall in each subject of a two-subject programme in Stages 2 and/or 3 for the conjunction ‘and’ to be used between the subjects. The subjects do not need to achieve credits at a particular level. 105
Number of credits overall in a subject in Stages 2 and/or 3 for it to be preceded by the conjunction ‘with’ in the degree title. The subject does not need to achieve credits at a particular level. between 60 and 105
For degrees that combine more than two subjects, the relative subject proportions in Stages 2 and 3 are used to determine the appropriate use of the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘with’ or commas to separate subject names; Stage 1 may be relevant, e.g. if languages have been studied. The subjects do not need to achieve credits at particular levels, but the level passed may be reflected in the title. There are no set proportions of subject credits for such programmes. variable
Minimum overall credits for a single subject pathway in Stages 2 and 3. 180 and the remaining 60 credits are not in one subject; otherwise the programme becomes a major/minor.

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