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Sophister Pattern & Major/Minor Choices

The 2020/21 deadline for submitting choice forms is Friday 18 December 2020.

All TSM Junior Sophister (JS) students must choose their Pattern (where relevant), and if Pattern B, their Major and Minor subjects by Friday 18 December 2020. Please make sure you have read the important information below before submitting your choice. Please complete the form relevant to you (A or B) and ensure you complete your form correctly.


  • Pattern A 2020/21Choice Form

  • Pattern B 2020/21 Choice Form


Check your eligibility, get information etc

Some TSM subjects have pre-requisites or JS module requirements for those intending to major in their subject. Please also see our web pages on TSM Sophister Independent Project / Dissertation Requirement. It is your responsibility to check with your department(s) if any of these issues, or any other issues, affect your eligibility for your choice, prior to submitting your choice. If you need further general information before making a decision you could contact your department(s), check your subject course handbook, the Careers Advisory Service, etc.

TSM Patterns A and B

PATTERN A Both subjects are studied equally for all four years and degree results are based on examinations taken in the Senior Sophister (fourth) year.
PATTERN B Both subjects are studied equally for the first three years, and one subject only (the Major subject) is studied in the SS year. Degree results are based on examinations taken in the Junior Sophister (third) and Senior Sophister (fourth) years.

Pattern A or B?

If you are on one of the the following combinations you can choose either Pattern A or B:

Pattern A Combinations
Economics and Geography, German, Mathematics, Philosophy or Sociology
Geography and Economics, German, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, or Sociology
German and Economics, Geography, Jewish & Islamic Civilisations, or World Religions & Theology
History and Geography
Jewish & Islamic Civilisations and German
Mathematics and Economics, Geography, or Philosophy
Philosophy and Economics Geography, Mathematics, or Sociology
Sociology and Economics, Geography, or Philosophy
World Religions & Theology and German

Pattern B Only
If you are not on one of the above combinations then you MUST take Pattern B and must choose your major and minor subjects.

TSM Sophister Assessment and Progression Regulations

Information on all Assessment and Progression regulations for TSM students are available at the TSM Assessment and Progression Regulations web page.

Degree Title and Weightings

Degree Title: TSM Pattern A or B students who successfully complete the SS year achieve the degree 'Bachelor in Arts (Moderatorship (B.A. with honors)) in Subject X and Subject Y'.

Degree Weightings:

Pattern A The Overall Degree result and grade is calculated on the SS year only, both subjects are weighted equally.

Subject 1 SS
Subject 2 SS
Overall Degree Result

Pattern B The Overall Degree result and grade is based on JS and SS results in both the Minor and Major Subjects. The JS year accounts for 50% of the degree, with both subjects weighted equally. The SS year accounts for the remaining 50%. The Minor Subject is 25% and the combined Major Subject is 75% of the Overall Degree result.

Minor Subject JS
Major Subject JS
Major Subject SS
Major Subject JS + SS
Overall Degree Result

Choice Approval and Deadline

Following the deadline for submission of choices the TSM Course Office will seek departmental approval for each students choice. Please check your subject requirements carefully before submitting your choice. If a department does not give approval for your choice, due to module choice or pre-requisite reasons etc, you will be informed in January 2021. Students submitting their choice forms after the 18 December 2020 deadline will not be guaranteed their choice.

Change Request

There will be a change request facility which aims to assist TSM students who wish to request a change in their choice. This process will open in late January 2021. IMPORTANT: NO change requests in the change request period are guaranteed! All such change requests are subject to departmental approval, based on issues such as timetabling, module choice and pre-requisite modules, preparation of module choices for SS and departmental SS planning issues etc. Information on the change request process and links to the Change Request forms is available on our Change Request page.

JS Erasmus/Study Abroad

JS 2020/21 students on a full year or MT only exchange, should submit their form by the deadline of 18 December 2020..

JS Off-books

JS students who are Off Books in 2020/21 and will be returning to the JS year in 2021/22 do not need to fill in a choice form this year, but will do so next year. Students who are off books with assessment in 2020/21 and wish to submit a new form, please email as we will have to note the change via AR.

Further Information - College Calendar

"Choice of pattern and pattern B major/minor subject

19 All Junior Sophister students must choose their pattern (where relevant), and if pattern B, their major and minor subjects and submit their choice to the TSM Course Office, not later than the last day of semester one (Michaelmas term) in the Junior Sophister year. Students who are participating in a Junior Sophister exchange must choose their pattern (where relevant) and if pattern B, their major and minor subjects not later than the last day of semester two (Hilary term) in the Senior Freshman year. This choice must meet with the approval of both schools or departments".

University Calendar, Part II Undergraduate Studies, Part II, Two-subject moderatorship courses

Any Queries?

If you have any queries please email or we are available to chat online via Teams ( Monday to Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Alternatively please contact us to schedule a time outside these hours.

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