"I think they are a really useful addition to the degree, allowing yourself to become more focused in your study of what really matters to you and let others know these interests straight away – a really useful and unique feature of a degree here. I will be applying to be included in the social theory specialism for my final year!"
- Dan Smitherman, BA Sociology
We offer six optional pathways which you can choose to follow during your degree. You can choose an elective to concentrate on an area of particular interest or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment.
You'll take a minimum of four modules related to the specialism and your dissertation project will explore research in the relevant specialism.You choose these once you are already here and studying by following a pathway of optional modules and completing a dissertation in the relevant area. You will then receive a degree certificate awarded with the relevant specialism.
Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route. If you do decide to follow a specialism, you’ll still have room to choose modules outside of your specialist pathway. You might try a module from within a specialism pathway alongside other choices in years 1 and 2.
This way you can keep your options open, and find out which areas you enjoy before you finalise your decision of whether or not to take a specialism.