Types of degree

Keele has always dared to be different when it comes to the courses we offer.

What type of degree should I choose?

The University has built an enviable reputation for the wide range of courses offered to students. But too much choice can be a bad thing, so today the modern Keele curriculum offers not only exciting options and combinations with outstanding breadth and depth but also the clarity of choice which will help make your decision making easier.

There are two main types of degrees available at Keele:

Single Honours

Our Single Honours degrees offer you the chance to specialise in one main subject area and to explore this throughout the duration of your course. The course will have a range of modules which may include optional modules but they will all be focused around the Single Honours subject area. All Single Honours options are available to view on our undergraduate course list.

Combined Honours

Our Combined Honours programmes give you the opportunity to study two different subjects giving you a wider range of expertise by the end of your course. With some of our Combined Honours courses, the two subjects are studied in isolation to each other e.g. Physics AND Music.

Other Combined Honours courses involve more integration between the two subjects where there will be elements of both subjects within individual modules eg. Law WITH Business.

If you are considering a combined honours degree then take a look at the course pages to see how the modules work for that particular combination.

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort. An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Foundation Year - an alternative entry route 

Whether you have non-traditional qualifications, want to change your subjects, have had a break from education and wish to return or want a change of career – the foundation years at Keele provide an opportunity for those with diverse backgrounds to access an honours degree.

The programme is an excellent introduction to study at university; most students who complete the foundation year have ultimately obtained a first class or upper second class honours degree. All of the teaching is delivered on the Keele campus by highly qualified academic and professional staff, complemented by an experienced student support team. Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory classes, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and you will make use of state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching facilities and apparatus.

Assessment is through a wide range of coursework, including independent and group research projects, workbooks, essays and presentations, together with examinations which are held at the end of both semesters.

In addition to the University’s support network, you will have a personal tutor whom you see on a regular basis in small group tutorials.