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Your degree, your choice

On most of our undergraduate courses, you can choose to include work placements, study abroad and optional units, helping you make the most of your degree.

You can choose from a range of modules you are most interested in and form your own path to complete your degree.

Your first year of study gives you an introduction to your subject. On most of our courses, you can then choose from a range of optional modules as well as the core modules of your course.

This flexibility allows you to specialise towards your chosen path and helps you get to where you want to go after university.

Develop your interests

Build your knowledge and skills based on your individual interests, academic strengths and career aspirations.


We offer over 190 single and combined subjects from our 17 departments, taught by academics who are experts in their fields.

You will directly benefit from their knowledge and be able to develop your own interests.

Course structure


Depending on your choices for your degree, you could study for two to five years.

All our undergraduate courses are full-time, so depending on your degree, your course could be:

  • two years leading to a foundation degree (with the option of a top-up leading to BSc)
  • three years leading to a BA or BSc honours degree
  • four years (including an optional placement or a study abroad year) leading to a BA or BSc honours degree
  • four years leading to a master's honours degree, such as MEng, MSci or MMath
  • five years (including an optional placement or a study abroad year) leading to a master's honours degree, such as MEng, MPhys
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Gain work experience


Get real-world employment experience and use your classroom learning in a workplace environment.

Take advantage of our strong links with industry and take a placement as part of your studies. You have the option to do one or more professional or industrial placements on almost all of our courses1.

On a placement, you can get practical experience and gain transferable skills at the same time as learning about working in the private or public sector. This can help you make more informed choices about your future career and you can include it on your CV as work experience.

Improve your employability with a placement
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Study abroad


Learn new skills and experience living and studying at another university in a foreign country.

You don’t have to study a language to go abroad as part of your undergraduate degree. You can choose courses which offer you the opportunity to study in places like Argentina, France and New Zealand.

Studying abroad is a great way to develop skills and have experiences that you will not get in the classroom. It gives you a new set of challenges that can increase your employability, making you more appealing to employers as you develop your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills. In addition to those skills, you can learn a new language in the place where it's spoken.

Study abroad as part of your degree
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Apply for a master's


You can choose to study for a bachelor’s degree and then apply to do a master’s or, for many courses, you can apply for an undergraduate master's straight away.

Studying for a master's gives you a more in-depth experience than the usual bachelor's course. You could study advanced taught units, do project work or have greater exposure to research topics and methods.

Studying for a master’s degree can also lead to further industry accreditations which are recognised and highly valued by employers.

Find out about studying for a master's
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  1. Social Work, Pharmacy and FdSc Addictions Counselling have mandatory work-based learning as part of the degree, not year placements. FdSc Sport (Sports Performance) has a placement when taken with a Bachelors top-up