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This page contains a selection of the frequently asked questions regarding interdisciplinary modules and Minors.

Whilst every effort is made to maintain accurate information below, it is essential that you check the Programme Catalogue after you've enrolled for the latest options and restrictions in relation to your course. For further information please contact

Interdisciplinary modules

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary courses?

You will be able to develop awareness of the cross-disciplinary implications of current subject matter. This should enrich your understanding of the world and prepare you for future projects in more open and creative ways. You will experience new perspectives from your fellow students who have a different disciplinary background to your own. Some of these modules will also allow for increased internationalisation and meet the need for broader language skills.

Are the interdisciplinary modules core, compulsory or optional?

The modules are optional. They will be treated as any other module in a programme. It will be shown on your final transcript and count towards your degree classification. Module numbers are capped to give the best student experience, and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

What level are interdisciplinary modules run at?

A student with no prior experience of the discipline should be able to engage with the learning, cope with the studies and successfully pass the module. Any plan to take a module outside of the normal programme will need to be reconciled with the accreditation requirements of professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, where applicable. The modules are set at Year 2 (Level 5). Forward and backtracking by one level are allowed up to 15 ECTS.

Can I take an interdisciplinary module in addition to my eight modules (120 CATS) per year?

No. You may only take interdisciplinary or open disciplinary modules as a replacement for another optional module. Modules must be selected via the Online Option system. You will be informed when the Online Option system is open.

Why are only some modules available to my degree?

The choice of modules have been determined by your Director of Programmes to both ensure that there is academic coherence to the choices that you have, and that they complement your programme of study. This should still allow you to exercise choice and personalise your learning which has benefit to your studies.

How are interdisciplinary modules assessed?

The modules will follow the same general academic regulations as all other modules within the University. The type of assessment used will be module-dependent and you can find further information on the module profile.


What levels of language study are offered to students on programmes without languages?

We offer a range of levels depending on your previous experience. You can choose to start a language in which you have no previous knowledge, or continue to study one that you have learnt in the past.

More information about language stages

Can I study abroad?

You do not have to go abroad if you study a language. However, there are many personal benefits gained by studying abroad and you will acquire a number of useful and transferable skills.

More information about international exchanges

What other opportunities to study languages are available to me at the University?

There is a wide range on offer, these include studying credit-bearing language modules, taking a language through Lifelong Learning courses or studying independently at the Language Resource Centre at Avenue Campus.


What is a Major?

Your Major is the main degree subject you choose to study e.g. BA (Hons) History. This is the degree you apply for and will appear on your degree certificate when you graduate.

What is a Minor?

This is a different subject area in which you complete the necessary credits required during your degree by choosing modules from a defined 'Minor' group. You do not apply for a Minor, rather, you select the modules upon arrival at the University. Upon completing the Minor it will appear on your degree certificate as "Degree name with a Minor in Minor subject".

How do I choose my Minor modules in year two and three?

If you are registered on one of the Minor programmes you must ensure you select enough credits from the appropriate Minor list per semester. You must check your programme specification to ascertain whether you have space for any additional optional modules.

How do I take a Minor?

When you arrive in Southampton for your first year you will receive information about Minors and the process of application. You will then select modules from the Minor group using the standard online option system.

Will I be awarded a Joint Honours degree?

No, your Minor will show as "Degree name with a Minor in Minor subject".

At what level are the Minor modules run at?

Modules are run at undergraduate level across years 1/2/3. You do not need prior experience in the subject area you wish to study the selected Minor.

Are there restrictions on the numbers of students able to take Minor modules?

Some modules being offered as part of a Minor grouping are also core modules on other degree programmes. This may have an impact on the number of students wishing to take these modules. Priority will be given to those students who need to take it as a core module. The remaining places will then be allocated on a first come, first served basis to students for whom the module is optional.

What should I do if a Minor module I want to take is full?

Minor modules will be grouped according to your year of study and there will be a number of modules available to you. In year one and two you will be able to forward or backtrack by one year giving you more options should your first choice be full.

Can I take Minor modules in addition to my eight modules (120 CATS) per year?

No. You take Minor modules as your optional modules each year forming part of your total eight modules.

How will Minor modules be assessed?

This will depend on the module itself, and more information can be found in the module profile.

Can I stop participating in a Minor once I have started?

Yes, in that case you could simply choose any other modules from your Major subject.

What happens if I change my mind about having a Minor show on my degree certificate?

If you are taking the required number of credits from modules within the Minor grouping you will automatically have the Minor show on your degree certificate. However, if for any reason you decide you do not want this to be the case, you should not take a final module from this grouping.

What if a module I need for a Minor does not fit my timetable?

Module timetables cannot be adjusted to accommodate students pursuing a Minor. If a module does not fit your schedule, you may be able to compensate with a different module (consult the requirements for the specific Minor) or by backtracking later in your degree (if you are permitted to do so by your Major programme regulations). Discuss these options with your Personal Academic Tutor.

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