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Flexible Study

Humanities at Southampton offers a range of innovative flexible learning options, so you can tailor your degree to suit your specific needs and interests.

Flexible learning at Southampton
Flexible learning at Southampton

A flexible curriculum

Whether you are studying a single or combined honours programme, you'll be able to choose modules that suit your interests. The combined honours offers the broadest range of options - visit the Combined honours programmes page to find out more.


All Humanities students have the option to study a minor subject alongside their main course, so you graduate with, for example, BA Music with American Studies. Minor subject areas include Creative Writing, Philosophy, Politics and many others. Please visit Customise your degree page for more details.

Curriculum Innovation Programme

Interdisciplinary modules provide you with the opportunity to broaden your learning. Each module explores key contemporary subjects, such as sustainability or intercultural communication, from the perspective of different disciplines. You work with students from other subjects, learn through innovative methods, such as group work and social media, and are assessed in new ways, such as student-led teaching and presentations. Visit our Curriculum Innovation webpage for further details.

Learning a Language

The Southampton Language Opportunity provides you with the opportunity to study a language free of charge, alongside your degree programme. The scheme is funded by the Southampton Opportunity and managed by Modern Languages and Linguistics. The classes offer no formal qualification or provide any credit, but are perfect for those wanting to start a new language or polish up on previous skills. For more information visit the Southampton language opportunity page

Study Abroad

Spending part of your degree in a new culture will give you knowledge, transferable skills and an international outlook – all of which are highly valued by employers. We have opportunities to study abroad for an academic year, a semester, or a month-long summer school at many universities around the world, including in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Visit the Study abroad page for further information.

Part-time degrees

At Humanities all our degree programmes can be studied part-time.

For some of our students, full-time study isn't a practical possibility for professional, financial or personal reasons. Others have made a deliberate choice to take the less pressurised part-time route to a degree - for example embarking on a course after retirement or returning to academic study after a lengthy time away from education.

Full-time undergraduate degrees are usually completed in three years (or four, for language degrees involving a year abroad). Part-time students cover the same content, but over a longer time-scale, between four (or five for language degrees) and eight years.

The most common arrangement is to take half the number of modules per semester taken by full-time students. However, you can complete the degree course more quickly by changing to full-time after a minimum period of study (usually two years) on a part-time basis; this path can be particularly suitable for parents of young children.

Lifelong learning

In addition to part-time degree programmes Humanities also offers a selection of lunchtime, evening and weekend courses and cultural events available to the wider community. Courses and events are available in the following subject areas: Archaeology, English literature, Film, History, Jewish Studies, Modern Languages and Philosophy.

Visit the Lifelong Learning website to find out more.

I really enjoy studying music and I love the fact that this course gives you a variety of opportunities to learn about all aspects of music – from music business and teaching, to composing and to performing.

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