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Choosing Your Pathway

At the end of your first year you can choose your 'pathway': a more focused area of interest in which you'll spend increasing time (and develop increasing expertise) over the next few years.

Your unique pathway will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge whilst working with experts across the university. Your pathway gives you the opportunity to apply skills developed through our core modules, along with knowledge from various disciplines, giving you a deeper understanding of your chosen options. We will work closely with you when choosing your pathway and modules within that pathway to ensure that your degree is best suited to your interests and future ambitions. We’ll help you from the beginning to pick modules and a theme to get you where you want to go.

You can either select a more structured Disciplinary Interest in a traditional subject, linked with many of our partner departments, or you can declare a Specialist Interest built of your own hand-picked modules from across the University; this pathway is determined entirely by your interests and goals. You will be guided and supported by our Director of Student Experience in making this decision.

The pathway you choose will be shown by the details on your personalised HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

Regardless of the pathway you choose, your course will fall under the following:

Specialist Interests

Specialist Interests are ‘open pathways’ in that they are defined by you. You are free to select relevant modules from around the University, with guidance from your Personal Tutor and our Director of Student Experience. The opportunity to follow a Specialist Interest is a unique feature of our degree and it will enable you to compete for specific job opportunities in the relevant areas. This transdisiplinary approach will not restrict you to a single discipline, creating room for flexibility when thinking about which modules fit with your intellectual interests.

Open Pathway

Want to do something different? We'll help make that happen. An Open Pathway will be unique to you, defined by your interests and goals, and developed with experts. If your passions lie in areas than those covered by the Specialist Interests (above) or Disciplinary Interests (below), then we will help you assemble a portfolio of modules to address your unique interests. By selecting modules from around the University you’ll be taught by a range of subject experts who are world-leading researchers in their chosen fields. You’ll benefit from their current knowledge of how their discipline thinks about problems and the tools which they use to analyse and articulate issues and solutions.

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Disciplinary Interests

Your pathway can also take you down a more structured route through a Disciplinary Interest in a traditional subject, linked with many of our partner departments. Choosing to study Liberal Arts with English as a Disciplinary Interest, for example, will give you the opportunity to apply the skills you develop through our core Liberal Arts modules alongside your knowledge from your optional English modules, creating a deeper and more critical understanding of your chosen options.

If there are subjects you would like to study that are not listed here, you may still be able to specialise in them; please email our Department for more details.