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    What's the advantage of a uni graduate applying for a job with joint honours degree (e.g. Biomedical Sciences with Philosophy, say) over a uni graduate who's applying for the same job specification but with a single honours degree (e.g. Biomedical Sciences) ?

    Or should the question be: is there an advantage at all? do employers want graduates with focus on a single honours degree ?
    I'm just curious :tsr2:
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    I have no idea really.
    However having applied for a joint degree i will be biased and say joint
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    Damn, my stepfather gave me a half-hour lecture on this about a month ago...
    Um, from what I can recall he said something like "...There are pros and cons to both; a joint degree will allow a wider area or areas of study but in less depth, whereas a single degree will take you deeper into a single subject. It depends on what exactly employers are looking for as to which will be more valuable. For example, an employer looking of detailed degree-level knowledge will prefer a single honours candidate, whereas an employer who doesn't put so much emphasis on degree content may prefer a joint honours candidate who demonstrates flexiblility..." (at which point I fell asleep).
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    wow that sounds interesting i got a similar lecture but i didnt fall asleep i just made up little songs and stuff in my head
    what did you apply for in the end?
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    Well there was no contest for me - joint German & Russian all the way :love:
    [my stepfather just likes the sound of his own voice]
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    P.S. - Thanks for the rep.; I now have a 'spectacular aura about'
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    I think it depends on the job really. For something very specialised that required a lot of detailed knowledge, a single honours degree may be preferred, but lots of employers also like flexibility and to see that you excel in more than one subject.
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    Bear in mind that a joint degree is A LOT more work than a single: Where I am, a Single Honours Arts student will only get 6 to 7 hours per week, whereas I get 12. Yes, it's better value for money, but believe me, when you've got 2 essays from two different subjects due in the same day, you might begin to feel the pressure.

    Having said that though, apart from the workload, I love doing a joint. I don't get bogged down with just one subject, meaning there's less chance of me getting bored, and I get a greater choice of units. I can choose which parts of a subject interest me and avoid those I dislike, and it's certainly taught me to be flexible!

    Hope this helps...
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    (Original post by Angelharpist)
    Bear in mind that a joint degree is A LOT more work than a single: Where I am, a Single Honours Arts student will only get 6 to 7 hours per week, whereas I get 12. Yes, it's better value for money, but believe me, when you've got 2 essays from two different subjects due in the same day, you might begin to feel the pressure.

    Having said that though, apart from the workload, I love doing a joint. I don't get bogged down with just one subject, meaning there's less chance of me getting bored, and I get a greater choice of units. I can choose which parts of a subject interest me and avoid those I dislike, and it's certainly taught me to be flexible!

    Hope this helps...
    Really? Is this just at your uni do you think? I allways assumed joint honours was roughly the same amount of work but your work just being split between 2 different subjects.
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    yeh i thought there both equal amount fo work
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    no i'm doing a joint degree and have 11 teaching hours a week, 8 in my major (eng lang and ling) and 3 in my minor (soc) whereas my friend who is doing a different course with single honors is doing 8 hours (i think)
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    I think it depends on the job really. For something very specialised that required a lot of detailed knowledge, a single honours degree may be preferred, but lots of employers also like flexibility and to see that you excel in more than one subject.
    However, if the subjects are similar e.g. history and english, it really won't make much difference.
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    presumably there's less external reading required if you have more tuition?

    I think that there's no difference between English degrees and English/Philosophy and English/History, for example, but there might be between English and English/Sociology. If both degrees are perceived as being excellent, then the joint honours will be, too.
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    The only real difference in workload is that the contact hours tend to be greater for joint honours, but that depends on the subjects.
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    I want to do a degree in computer science [B]with[B] management. Will the management modules increase my workload or help apply my knowledge to business situations?
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    All I'll say is that the old adage is true: a joint honours degree is not 50:50 - it's 75% and 75%...
 
 
 

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