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    Hi,

    I am currently in the lower sixth and recently started to research universities and courses that could - perhaps - be of interest to me when I come to apply next year, and one area of confusion is that of joint-honours. Frankly, I am looking for advice from people who have taken a joint-hour degree or is knowledgeable in the subject!

    I have read several different articles regarding joint-honours and have repeatedly found that...

    1) Time-tabling a split degree can be troublesome.
    2) Taking a split course will likely increase your workload due to the fact that you will be reading for two subjects rather than one.
    3) Despite - effectively - completing the course in less detail/time, you will be marked against the same standards as a single-honours student.
    4) However, gaining the qualification/knowledge from a split course degree will leave you with a wider spectrum of options with regards to possible future employment.

    For the record, the split degree courses that are of interest to me are politics/English language and politics/international relations.

    Any insight into what taking a joint-honours degree is like would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers in advance, and a happy belated start to 2017
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    (Original post by Luke_James)
    Hi,

    I am currently in the lower sixth and recently started to research universities and courses that could - perhaps - be of interest to me when I come to apply next year, and one area of confusion is that of joint-honours. Frankly, I am looking for advice from people who have taken a joint-hour degree or is knowledgeable in the subject!

    I have read several different articles regarding joint-honours and have repeatedly found that...

    1) Time-tabling a split degree can be troublesome.
    2) Taking a split course will likely increase your workload due to the fact that you will be reading for two subjects rather than one.
    3) Despite - effectively - completing the course in less detail/time, you will be marked against the same standards as a single-honours student.
    4) However, gaining the qualification/knowledge from a split course degree will leave you with a wider spectrum of options with regards to possible future employment.

    For the record, the split degree courses that are of interest to me are politics/English language and politics/international relations.

    Any insight into what taking a joint-honours degree is like would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers in advance, and a happy belated start to 2017
    Politics & IR isn't likely to suffer from any of these downsides - they're usually run by the same team and are organised and designed to work as well as a single honours degree.

    For other courses the key is to ask universities you're interested in. A lot of university OFFER joint honours but don't actually recruit many (or retain them through to graduation). Ask exactly how many students they have on the course and how many of those starting the course 3 years ago actually finished. Ideally ask if they can put you in touch with a current student on the course to talk to about how it all works.
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    I took a joint degree in my first year so I could help a little =)

    (Original post by Luke_James)
    3) Despite - effectively - completing the course in less detail/time, you will be marked against the same standards as a single-honours student.
    Why wouldn't you be? You're not fully completing either degree that's the point of a Joint...that you combine two. The way joint honors degrees work is you complete modules from both. So it's completely fair that you're marked on the same standards when you consider they mark by module..
 
 
 
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