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Minors

We offer the opportunity to study a Minor subject alongside your main programme of study, if your course is eligible.

The Minor will be in a different area to your subject. Upon successful completion the Minor will appear on your degree certificate as "Degree name with a Minor in Minor Subject".

How does it work?

Is my course eligible?

What can I take a minor in?

What language minors are available?

Full details about the Minors available to eligible students are provided in the first semester of the first year. Most Minors begin in semester two of the first year.

A Minor requires you to complete and pass 37.5 ECTS that are from the defined 'Minor' group or 45 ECTS of languages during the course of your degree.

Students should use their normal faculty processes to select one of the required modules due to start in semester two. From that point onwards, students on all Minors will need to select two modules from within the respective Minor in each of the subsequent years of their main programme of study.

Minor in a language

Students taking a language will need to use their normal faculty processes to select a module as one of the semester one, first year options. From that point onwards, they will need to select two modules from within the respective Minor in each of the subsequent years of their main programme of study.

How to register

Non-Language Minors
All new first-year students starting in October will be sent further information via email in November of their first year which will provide an overview of the Minors options available. Once you have considered all of your options, we will ask you to register for your chosen Minor subject before the Christmas break.

Language Minors
You should select your first language module in semester one of your first year in order to begin your Minor.  Please check the Languages Minor information for further details.

Key facts

  1. You can usually forward and backtrack onto most of the modules (up to 15 ECTS) associated with your chosen Minor by one year. This is to enable you to register onto the required modules for the Minor where timetabling clashes prevent you from taking them in the first instance.
  2. In order to qualify for the Minor, you must pass all modules associated with it at the standard University pass mark. There is no provision for you to be referred in a Minor module solely for the purpose of qualifying for the Minor.
  3. Upon successful completion the Minor will appear on your degree certificate as "Degree name with a Minor in Minor Subject".
  4. If you decide later that you do not wish for the Minor to be included on your degree certification, you should not take the final module in your final semester associated with the Minor.
  5. Where your main programme of study (your Major subject area) includes a dissertation as part of your final year, you will be expected to pursue a topic from within your main discipline.
  6. Modules required for a Minor must fit into your normal timetable, as timetabling adjustments cannot be made for students pursuing a Minor. 

If you have any further queries, please contact cip@southampton.ac.uk.

To take a Minor you'll need to see if your course is eligible. The full list of eligible courses are listed alphabetically by course title below.

The Year Abroad options for these courses are also eligible.

A

BA Applied English Language
BA Archaeology
BSc Archaeology
BA Archaeology & Geography
BA Archaeology & History

B

BSc Biology

C
BSc Criminology

E

BSc Economics
BSc Education
BA English Literature, Language and Linguistics
BA English Language and Linguistics
BA English
BA English & French
BA English & German
BA English & History
BA English & Music
BA English & Philosophy
BA English & Spanish

F

BA Film
BA Film & English
BA Film & French
BA Film & German
BA Film & History
BA Film & Philosophy
BA Film & Spanish
BA French
BA French & German
BA French & History
BA French & Philosophy
BA French & Portuguese
BA French & Spanish
BA French Linguistic Studies

G

BSc Geography
BA Geography
BA German
BA German & History
BA German & Music
BA German & Philosophy
BA German & Spanish
BA German Linguistic Studies

H

BA History
BA History & Archaeology

I

BSc Information Technology in Organisations
MComp Information Technology in Organisations

M

BSc Mathematical Studies
BSc Mathematics with Statistics
BA Modern History & Politics
BA Music
BA Music & Management Sciences

P

BA Philosophy
BA Philosophy & English
BA Philosophy & History
BA Philosophy & Mathematics
BA Philosophy & Music
BA Philosophy & Politics
BSc Physics
Master of Physics
BSc Politics
BSc Politics & International Relations
BA Politics & French
BA Politics & German
BSc Psychology

S

BSc Sociology
BA Spanish
BA Spanish & History
BA Spanish & Latin American Studies
BA Spanish & Portuguese
BA Spanish Linguistic Studies
BA Spanish Speaking World

Z

BSc Zoology

We currently offer Minors in the following subject areas. Further information will be provided when in your first semester.

Select the minor to download the specification document (PDF).

The following languages are available:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English (for non-native speakers)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Each language is offered in stages, from stage 1 up to stage 7 depending on your ability and experience.

More information about the stages

To achieve the minor

The grids below provide guidance regarding the required exit stage for each language (you must complete the exit stage indicated in order to achieve the minor). This depends on your entry level and previous experience in your chosen language. For example, if you have a grade B at GCSE in German and wish to take a minor in German, you would usually enter at stage 2 - taking stage 2A in semester one of year 1 and stage 2B in semester two of year 1.

You should select your first module in semester one of your first year.

For French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish: 

ENTRY LEVEL YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3
Beginner Accelerated stages 1 & 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
GCSE (A-C) or equivalent Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
AS Level (A/B) or A Level (C-E) Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
A Level (A/B) Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6

For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian:

ENTRY LEVEL YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3
Beginner Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3

For Latin

Entry level YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3
Beginner Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
GCSE (A-B) or equivalent Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

For English as a Foreign Language:

ENTRY LEVEL YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3
IELTS 6.5 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
IELTS 6.5 or above Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7

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