University Of Bristol Joint Honours

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University Of Bristol Joint Honours

The following guidance describes the specific points that ought to be considered in the design, arrangement and provision of this type of programme at the University of Bristol. The guidance should also apply to those programmes that are single honours but are taught jointly by two or more Schools.


1. One of the contributing schools must ‘home’ the programme; being responsible for the delivery of the programme and application of the relevant regulations as set out in the University’s Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

2. Joint honours programmes should be firmly embedded in the academic disciplines upon which they draw.

3. The home school will lead upon the organisation and arrangements for the programme, but must involve / liaise with the partner schools in such processes, as appropriate.

4. The home school will provide the dedicated administrative support needed to ensure that the student has a coherent experience in terms of administration and teaching; including a dedicated induction, regular cohort meetings attended by the relevant individuals from each of the participating schools; and student handbook for the programme.

5. A programme director should normally be appointed from the home school, although the post may exceptionally be rotated between the partner schools. A named contact in the other School(s) with the authority to contributing and agreeing proposals for developing the programme and enhancing the integrated experience for students will also be identified.

6. Students undertaking a joint honours programme will be attributed an Academic Personal Tutor from the school that homes the programme. The School will also have a designated senior academic member of staff as a contact where the programme is homed in a different School to the student’s.

Programme design and structure

7. Joint honours programmes should devote approximately equal balance between two subjects / components and be titled accordingly (i.e. ‘A and B’).