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Module Selection FAQs

How does the History module selection work, Is it first come first served?
  • Module selection will not be first-come-first-served as this gives an unfair advantage to people who are able to log into the module selection form right away. We are using a random allocation system that prioritises ranked preferences only (your marks do not affect this), aiming to allocate as many students to their first-choice modules as possible. Students who choose a module as their first preference and submit the form by the deadline have an equal chance of being allocated to it.
  • The department will first allocate places to all students who require History modules as part of their degree (e.g. single honours History and joint honours History students). We will then allocate any remaining places to students wishing to study History as an outside option. If you are a joint honours student, you must check how your other department runs their own module selection.
  • Please read the full guidance on our Module Selection website.


Am I guaranteed my first choice modules?
  • Unfortunately not. The Department strives to allocate students to their preferred first choices of option modules. However, for some modules, there will be greater demand than capacity, and some students may then be allocated to their second or third choices.


Can Joint Honours students swap off the core module (for single honours history) if they get allocated it?
  • All students will be permitted to submit a module swap form after the allocations of modules on 17th June 2020 If the module is a core for the degree course the student is enrolled on a swap will not be permitted. If the module is core for another programme and optional for your programme it will be treated in the same way as all other optional modules.
  • Deadline for any module swaps is Wednesday 23rd September 2020.
  • Information on our module swap system is available on the Module information pages.


Will joint honour students be disadvantaged if they don’t take the single honours history core module?
  • No, any students who are unsure which modules to choose should contact their personal tutor to discuss their options. Core modules differ from degree course to degree course because the learning outcomes and objectives vary. Some of our core modules for single honours students are offered as optional for joint honours students. This is to allow joint honours students some flexibility in optional modules whilst allowing them to take the modules which are core for single honours if they wish to.


Can I put the same modules in a different order or does each one have to be a unique choice? (ie. Choosing 2 modules have to pick 6, choosing 4 modules have to pick 12)
  • Putting down the same modules (but in a different order) in all your selections will reduce the likelihood that you get onto the modules you prefer. Please ensure that you choose a range of different modules. Each module choice with your 1-3 preferences should include a range of different modules to ensure you have the best possible chance of getting on to modules you want. If you limit your options, you may be disappointed by not being allocated to your preferred modules.


Can second year students take 30 CATs or 15 CATs or mix and match?
  • Second year students are required to do at least one 30 CATS full year module. The remaining modules can be all 15CATS, all 30CATS or a mix of the two, as long as the total adds up to 120CATS for the year.


How easy is it to swap pathways for joint honours if they change their mind (as their other departments have not yet announced their courses for next year yet)?
  • Students who choose a certain pathway e.g. 50%/50% now and later decide they wish to swap to 25%/75% must seek approval from the History final year director, Dr Lydia Plath, and ensure they have a place on the modules outside the History department. Students will not be prevented from switching pathways as long as they are fulfilling the course syllabus and not swapping modules after the relevant department cut off dates. Both departments need to ensure they are aware of which pathways each student is on which is why we ask you to go via the year directors.


How and why are the final year option modules split into A and B lists? Is it to stop assessments clustering together?
  • We have worked hard to try to offer a full range of optional modules. In order to ensure students have the fullest range of options and a guarantee their classes will not clash we have moved to a module grouping system. This means modules in list A will not clash with those in list B. As our final year modules are more focused and specialised in subject area, they are often taught by one tutor, which means there has to be a cap on the number of students able to take each module. Therefore, we ask that final year students select a maximum of one module from list A and one or more from list B. Unfortunately, without running this type of grouping system, we would be forced to dramatically restrict the number of modules on offer for final year students, and this is something we did not want to do. This has no impact on deadlines as our modules for final year fall into three distinct assessment patterns.
  • Please see our Deadlines Map for further information.


Can I use module swap form to swap from a list B module to list A module, or vice versa?
  • Unfortunately no. All final year students must take a maximum of one from group A, and a maximum of two from group B. You will be able to use the module swap form to request a swap from a list A module to another list A module etc.


Where it says "students taking finalist history modules must chose a maximum of one from group A and a maximum of two from group B” does this mean in each separate Option Module preference list you nominate one of the three to be from A and the other two from B –(.eg 1)ABB X3) or does this mean all 3 for one Option Module have to be from A and all 6 in the other two Option Module rankings have to be from B (e.g. 1)AAA, 2) BBB x2)?
  • Maximum of one from group A, and a maximum of two from group B mean we would expect students to make one module choice from list A (ranking your top 3 list a choices) then two or more options from list B (ranking each list B choice from 1-3). EG AAA, BBB, BBB.


Joint-Honours must pick 30/60/90 CATS so what are the restrictions (if any) for each pathway regarding the A/B scheme?
  • All final year students have the same rules of a maximum of one module from list A and a maximum of two from list B. This includes all joint honours pathways. Students need to be doing at least 60 CATS of History modules for one of those modules to be the dissertation (ie they cannot just choose the History dissertation alone and take 90 CATS from the other department)


Why can’t final year students choose optional modules from outside the History department?
  • Final year students are not usually permitted to take outside option choices. This is included in the notes section on the degree course syllabus which is in the student handbook.
  • In exceptional circumstances student have been permitted to take a final year outside option. This must be discussed and approved by Final Year Director Dr Lydia Plath.


Why are the Venice options limited? Can I do any different modules as a Venice student.
  • The History (Renaissance and Modern History Stream) is structured around the essential elements of the exciting Renaissance and Modern History themes. Students who choose to do the Renaissance and Modern History stream get the opportunity to spend one term of their final year in Venice. When they are studying at Warwick for the other term their modules are condensed into one term, rather than only running full year. This means Renaissance and Modern History stream students can take advantage of specific modules whilst in Venice and experience the teaching of other Warwick final year modules. However, we are unable to offer the full range of final year option modules as one term condensed subjects due to timetabling and teaching capacity. We always try to have a modern and an early modern Venice stream options running at Warwick. Students who decide they would prefer to have the choice of the full range of History final year modules would need to move back to History removing the Renaissance and Modern History stream.


Who do we address questions about dissertations to?
  • Please address all questions about dissertations to the Dissertations Coordinator: Dr Lydia Plath. You can also find further information on the dissertation on the module website.


Why can’t we indicate on the Module Selection Form which module we would like to link our dissertation to? How do we nominate our dissertation topic?
  • Dissertation topics are not chosen during the module selection process. They are chosen in term 1, week 3 of the final year, when you will submit a dissertation proposal via Tabula. This is how you can indicate your chosen topic and the module to which you are planning to link your dissertation. We will allocate dissertation supervisors on the basis of this proposal.
  • Detailed guidance for selecting your dissertation topic will be provided in term 1 of your final year, and more information is provided on the module website
  • All History Dissertations will be registered under the module HI3S2-30 Dissertation.


Should joint honours students put a dissertation on their list if they only want to attach it to a specific final year module they have put as their first choice.
  • Students should think carefully about doing a dissertation and if this is something they wish to do. Students are encouraged to discuss their options with their personal tutor if they have any concerns. If students opt to swap modules after the module allocation has been published on 17th June, they may not know their final module selection until late September.
  • Information on our module swap system is available on the Module information pages.
  • Further information on the Dissertation can be found on the module website.


Can joint honours students swap a module for a dissertation if they didn’t select one on the module selection form?
  • If students want to swap a module for a dissertation, they need to apply using the module swap form but this may mean they will not know their final module allocation until late September.
  • Information on our module swap system is available on the Module information pages.
  • Further information on the Dissertation can be found on the module website.


Where can I get further information about Module Selection in History?
  • You can contact your personal tutor to discuss your options in the first instance. You can also direct questions about the module selection process to the Directors of Year or the UG History Office.