Applying for Combined Studies

Subject Choice

Students can pursue a Combined Studies programme on either a full or part-time basis. On a Combined Studies degree, you have the opportunity to study a range of subjects during the early years of your degree, before selecting the subjects for Honours level study.

You will be assigned a Director of Studies who will provide advice and guidance needed to help you build your own programmes into a coherent degree. Your Director of Studies will be your main contact throughout and, if you need to change your course choices, will make sure that the progression is appropriate to your specific target qualification.

How to apply

For more information, or to apply, see Combined Studies prospectus pages.

Programme details

BSc Combined Studies


Duration: 4 years BSc (Hons) (full-time) or up to 10 years (mixed-mode)

No of places: 40

The Combined Studies programme is based on the principle of credit accumulation. Credits are obtained from modules across the full range of degree courses offered by the University. Modules are taken in common with students from other degree courses, and within the normal timetable. Modules approved for the Combined Studies programme are identified as to their level, and certain modules may be identified as prerequisites for subsequent study.

Combined Studies students must cover three subjects at least 30 credits (2 modules) each to obtain a Combined Studies degree.

There is also the option of part-time study to allow students to fit in studies around employment, childcare, etc. The only requirement is that the degree is finished in 10 years maximum.

BEng Engineering

UCAS Code H100

Duration: Up to 4 years (full-time)

Study Location: Edinburgh

No of places: 20

BEng Engineering is a one-year programme designed to act as a route for students who wish to defer making a choice about a specialised engineering discipline until completion of Level 1. Students may select eight courses from the entire range of courses available to students on the engineering programmes. In practice, students select courses from two or three disciplines. At the end of Level 1, BEng Engineers transfer to Level 2 of their chosen programme. The aim of this programme is to enable students to sample a range of engineering disciplines before choosing their degree profile. The major disciplines available are Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Building Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science, Information Systems and Physics.

Teaching and Assessment

Most courses require 3-4 hours attendance a week at lectures and tutorials. Assessment varies but typically is based on 75% examination and 25% coursework. Depending on the subject, coursework might include laboratory reports, essays and projects.

Key information

EPS Student Support

Combined Studies Enquiries