Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
We're launching a new website soon and would love your feedback. See the new design
PhilosophyPart of HumanitiesUndergraduate study

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

Combined Honours

Combined Honours programmes give students the opportunity to study two areas of interest throughout their undergraduate degree. You may be keen to continue with subjects you have enjoyed at college level, or you might be interested in adding a new subject area to your existing study experiences. For more information about available options, click here.

Outside Modules

Single and combined honours students can opt to broaden the range of their studies by replacing up to two optional modules per year by an 'alternative' subject outside philosophy and, in the case of combined honours students, their other subject.


You have the option to study a minor subject alongside your main course, so you graduate with, for example, BA Philosophy with American Studies. Minor subject areas include Creative Writing, Music, Politics and many others. Click here 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. See our Curriculum Innovation webpage for more information.

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 click here.

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. See our Study Abroad page for further information. 

Part time degrees

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

Philosophy runs the highly successful Philosophy Cafés in conjunction with the John Hansard Gallery.

The Philosophy Café forms part of the schedule which makes up the Humanities Lifelong Learning programme of part-time study and cultural events. Courses and events are also available in the following subject areas: archaeology, English literature, film, history, Jewish Studies and modern languages.

Visit the Humanities Lifelong Learning website to find out more.

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.

The breadth of module options on offer was astonishing and the flexibility of the programme structure meant that I could select a range of philosophy modules – including analytic and continental – as well as options from other disciplines.

Privacy Settings