Whenever I tell people that I’m doing a double degree at uni, they always seem surprised to see that I have the time to go out with my family and friends, work, and juggle two different degrees at the same time. What most people don’t realise is that just because I’m studying for two degrees, doesn’t mean I have to study eight subjects every session and do an assessment every week!
You still choose to do between one and four subjects at a time, and yes, it may take longer than just doing one degree but guess what? Some people do just one degree, one subject at a time and take even longer! If you study full-time, usually you’ll complete your double degree in four years, compared to three years of full-time study for most single degrees.
Personally, it took me a long time to decide what I wanted to study after high school. I have a lot of interests and I switched from one course to the next because I would get either bored or another course would pique my interest. Until I realised, this would keep happening unless I figured out what I wanted to study and did it!
Due to my multiple interests and lack of patience regarding doing one degree at a time, it made sense for me to do a double degree, resulting in me studying a degree in social science (psychology) and business (human resources). Now, whenever I want to study or learn something different from psychology, I distract myself by spending my next free hours studying my other degree and vice versa. This way I don’t get bored with reading one topic for hours by reading something different, yet still relevant and helpful towards finishing my degree. So, why is it that a double degree makes sense?
- It will not take you another four years if you decide to study another degree that you’ve ‘always wanted to do’ after finishing the one that you wanted to study at the time.
- A double degree will keep you from getting bored when you read about similar topics for hours every day.
- It will be cheaper than doing one degree at a time. You will not have to pay fees for each complete degree, which is what you will have to do if you decide to study another degree after finishing one.
- You will learn two different topics at the same time.
- You will learn multiple topics at the same time and have two different separate degrees straight away that will be useful for future opportunities.
- You will never have to wonder if you chose the right course to study over another one.
- Finally, it’s amazing to see how surprised people are whenever you mention that you are doing a double degree for uni!
These and many more reasons apply when you’re deciding whether a double degree will make sense for you and why. It is best to keep in mind that whatever choice you make is for you!