In 1973, the University introduced a BA degree in Combined Studies. This was a new type of degree which allowed Arts students to study three subjects (as opposed to two in a joint honours) in certain configurations. Most of the subjects offered fell within the Faculty of Arts, but it was also possible to study social and economic sciences, education and theology as part of this degree. Some Combined Studies subjects (general linguistics, military studies and Welsh) were not available as single honours subjects. Students studied three subjects in the first two years, and then specialised in two of these in their final year.
Although Combined Studies did not form a separate department, it was overseen by a Director, with special tutors assisting in the administration of the programme. A Board of Combined Studies, chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, had oversight of the degree, reporting to the Board of the Faculty of Arts.