Students on joint or Major/Minor degrees

Studying more than one subject at the University

As a student at the University of Leicester, you will be on one of our pathways, taking either one subject or two subjects in combination. These pages provide information for students who are taking two subjects either as a joint degree or taking a major and minor combination.

By choosing to study two subjects, you will gain an outstanding depth and breadth of knowledge. If you are on a joint degree, your time will roughly be split equally between the two subjects and what you learn in one subject complements and enhances what you learn in the other. If you are doing a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).


Tutor showing student a rock during an Archaeology tutorialAcademic support for your studies

All students will have a Personal Tutor who is there to provide you with personal support, advice and guidance who will be in the department for your Major and usually for the first subject for your Joint degree. Your Personal Tutor should be the first point of contact for anything related to your studies and you should meet with them regularly. However, if you have specific questions relating to modules taken in your other department, you might find it helpful to contact a tutor on that module.

Most departments will also have a nominated academic advisor for students who are doing joint or Major/Minor degrees: you should ask in either department or check your handbooks for more information. You can also contact the course administration staff in your school/departmental offices.


Students using equipment in a lab

Planning your work

Although departments will make every effort to co-ordinate deadlines for handing in assessed work and scheduling exams, you may have more conflicting deadlines than students studying one subject. In addition to direct academic support provided by your department and personal tutor.


Student reading a book while sitting at a PCReferencing – departmental differences

When you are writing an essay, report, dissertation or any other form of academic writing, your own thoughts and ideas inevitably build on those of other writers, researchers or teachers. It is essential that you acknowledge the sources (such as books and journal articles) on which you have drawn by including references to, and full details of, them in your work. Different subjects use different styles for referencing sources. You may, therefore, find that both of your subjects use different referencing styles, and it is important that you use the correct ones for each subject. Visit the library website for information on the referencing styles recommended for use by your academic departments.


Case studies

We have a number of students who have completed or are currently completing joint subject degrees with us. You can read about their experiences here.


Support and advice

There is a lot of support and advice available to help you with your degree at the University. Find out more about the support available here.