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External Modules (23-24 start or later)

A workshop with Liberal Arts students.

Choosing your external modules

Each year you'll be able to take modules from the Liberal Arts Department or from other departments across the University. These optional modules comprise your route or your pathway. You may take a module from any department in the University that can offer you a place.

A good place to start when considering your optional modules is the University's Module Catalogue where you can find a full list of all modules.

Please note, not all modules will necessarily be running each year. The most up-to-date information will be on department webpages (please see links to these pages below). The availability of places on external modules is not guaranteed (unless these are part of your route), may change from year to year, and is ultimately determined by the external department. Pay close attention to pre-requisites for your external modules.

Additionally, please note that you cannot take 100-level modules in year 2, and cannot take 200-level modules in year 3/final year. You are, however, permitted to take 300-level modules in Year 2.

You can find a full list of modules offered by the Liberal Arts Department here.

A reminder of your course structure

Year One

  • 60 CATS of core modules with the Liberal Arts Department;
    • IP101 - Principles and Praxis
    • IP121 - Truth and Misinformation (30 CATS)
    • IP120 - Beauty OR IP122- Revolution (15 CATS)
    • IP108 - Qualitative OR IP110 - Quantitative Research Methods (15 CATS)
  • 60 CATS from the Liberal Arts Department or another department(s) within the University.

For academic advice on choosing your optional module(s), you will have a meeting with your personal tutor in Welcome Week. We will also run a module registration breakfast where you can obtain further advice.

For administrative advice please email: liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Year Two and Final Year

For each of these years, you will register for a total of 120 CATS. These will be composed of:

  • 60 CATS of core modules with the Liberal Arts Department;
    • Consuming Cultures (30 CATS - Year 2)
    • Dissertation (30 CATS - Final Year)
  • 45 CATS of Liberal Arts Optional Modules;
    • You can choose when you take these (as long as you take 45 CATS between both years)
  • 135 CATS of modules from your chosen Disciplinary Route or Specialist Interest pathway
    • Requirements will differ according to your disciplinary route
    • Most routes require you to take 30 CATS per year within the particular discipline

Route prerequisites

You will be asked to declare your route/pathway towards the end of the first year at our route/pathway declaration event (in the middle of Term 2). Please bear in mind that to follow some routes, you will be required to study certain modules in your first year to be able to continue taking that route in your second year. For some routes, there will also be requirements in your second and final years.

For more information on route prerequisites, please see:

External department module lists

    Registering for your optional modules

    1. You must gain your personal tutor's permission prior to registering for your optional modules. Usually this will involve an email with your personal tutor approving that they are happy for you to take these modules. We also recommend that you obtain written permission from the department offering the optional module (if they are not part of your route).
    2. Pre-register for your optional modules with the external department. Each department has a different process for registering your interest in their modules.
    3. Once a department has confirmed you can take their module, you must register all your modules online via e-MR (eVision Module Registration). e-MR usually opens in late September/the start of term. You must be enrolled in order to register your modules. You will also need your IT Services account details in order to access e-MR. If you have trouble with registering online or need some administrative support, please email
    External department How to pre-register
    Classics Complete the online module selection form
    Economics Email the Undergraduate Office: economics dot ugoffice at warwick dot ac dot uk

    Complete the online form

    English Complete the online form
    Film and Television Studies

    Email the Department's Administrator, Tracey McVey: T dot A dot Bale at warwick dot ac dot uk

    Please also see their information for students outside the department on taking options in Film and Television Studies

    Global Sustainable Development

    Email the Undergraduate Office: globalsustainabledev at warwick dot ac dot uk

    History You must submit a module nomination form to the History Department. Please see the 'Process for Outside Students' section on the History Department's Module Information page.
    History of Art Complete the online module application form
    IATL Complete the online request form (NB: IATL modules are only available to students in Y2 and above)
    Language Centre

    Complete the online pre-enrolment form
    (NB: If you wish to take a language, you should begin in Y1. 100-level Language Modules are not permitted for students in Y2 and Final year; 200-level Language Modules are not permitted for Final-Year students).


    Email the Undergraduate Office: law at warwick dot ac dot uk

    Life Sciences

    Contact Isabelle Carré ( in the School of Life Sciences to discuss which modules you are interested in and whether your choices would be suitable

    Theatre and Performance Studies Email SCAPVCundergraduate at warwick dot ac dot uk and copy in liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk
    Philosophy Email the Undergraduate Office: philundergrad at warwick dot ac dot uk
    Psychology Email the Undergraduate Office: Psychology at warwick dot ac dot uk
    Politics and International Studies (PAIS)

    PAIS does not have pre-registration, so you will need to go onto the e:Vision Module Registration (eMR) when it opens and select the module

    School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French, Italian, German and Spanish

    Email the Undergraduate Office: SMLCOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk. You may also wish to consult the list of modules open to visiting students.

    Sociology Email the Undergraduate Office: sociology at warwick dot ac dot uk
    Warwick Business School Access the module selection system via my.wbs. If you are not yet set up on my.wbs go to to register. If you have any questions, please email the

    Undergraduate Office: undergraduate at wbs dot ac dot uk

    Module restrictions

    For all Warwick students, there are some restrictions and it may not always be possible to get every first-choice module. For example, some optional modules will require you to have studied another module first. You can learn more about a module's prerequisites by clicking on the "Availability" tab in the module catalogue.

    In addition, some modules have limited capacity or are reserved for specific degree programmes. However, we'll always work with you to help you build a route/pathway that meets your interests and needs.

    If you are on a route with a particular department, you are guaranteed 30 CATS per year for that route (often of modules that are specified by the department itself).


    Please consider your Liberal Arts timetable commitments when choosing your optional modules. In some cases, there may be a clash between your chosen modules and your Liberal Arts modules. Liberal Arts modules will always take priority. Please speak to the Undergraduate Office about any timetabling concerns: liberalarts at warwick dot ac dot uk