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Choosing a Course

Choosing the course that you are going to study for the next 3 or 4 years can be difficult. Course content will vary between institutions and it is important to check that the courses you are applying for cover the topics you are most interested in.

Single or joint honours?

You will also need to consider whether you wish to study for a single or joint honours degree. Joint honours degrees allow you to broaden your education as well as increasing your skills, showing that you are a flexible thinker and can work across different subject areas. Warwick offers a variety of joint honours degrees from Physics and Business Studies to French with Sociology.

If you want to combine two or more subjects in your degree, you should consider how much of each subject you would like to study. You might choose to study two subjects in equal amounts, or you could study one subject but add a second subject as a smaller element of the course. For example, French and German Studies would involve equal amounts of study of each language and culture, while French Studies with German would see you studying both languages but spending more time studying French than German.

Several degrees are interdisciplinary, for example PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and MORSE (Maths, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics). The strongest applicants for these degrees are able to demonstrate an interest in all aspects of the course, and to appreciate the links between them.

How long will the course last?

You should also think about the length of course you would like to study. Many departments at Warwick offer undergraduate Masters degrees (4 year courses) and there is the choice with some degrees of having a year in industry (an intercalated year) or spending a year overseas. For example, if you are studying Comparative American Studies you spend your third year studying at a university in the USA, Latin America, Canada or the Caribbean. Additionally the Erasmus programme (for exchanges between students at European universities) is open to home and EU students who fit certain criteria. You can find out whether you would be eligible to take part by clicking on the link above.

Which course will help me achieve my career goals?

Many professions do not require you to have a degree in a particular subject. However, if you have a particular career goal in mind you should find out whether your chosen course carries professional accreditation. This means that you may be exempt from elements of professional examinations if you choose to pursue a professional qualification as a graduate. For example, students taking our Accounting and Finance degree may choose modules which lead to professional stage exemptions from the examinations of major accountancy bodies.

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