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Module choice

Handbook Contents

1 General Information
2 Course Regulations and Progression
3 Module Selection and Course Transfers
4 Teaching, Learning and Study
5 Examinations and Assessment
6 Pastoral Care and Support
7 Student Voice
8 Careers and Personal Development
9 University Information

3.2 Module Choice

Advice on Module Choice

There is a large range of optional modules for most degree courses. Compulsory modules and some of the optional modules are listed in the body of this handbook. However, in principle, it is possible to take most modules available anywhere in the University as an unusual option but permission must be sought via an unusual option form.

In considering which options to take, the following points may help:

  • Think about where your interests lie and what the module might lead to later.

  • Check the prerequisites of modules that you wish to take in the current year. Also, consider which optional modules might be pre-requisites for modules that you wish to take in later years.

  • You can check a module timetable via

    In the drop down box called “Modules” type out a module code to see the timetable for that module and press enter. Repeat until you have selected all modules that you are considering.

    Although every effort is made to avoid timetabling clashes, given the large number of modules on offer a small number of clashes are usually unavoidable. You should bear these in mind when selecting optional modules.

  • You can try a module and deregister later if you decide not to offer it for examination. However, make sure that you adhere to deregistration rules and deadlines.

  • Talk to your personal tutor and to your friends (especially those who have taken the module before!). However it is important to be aware that individuals have different backgrounds, preferences and experiences so make sure that you consider their opinions and feedback in context.


It is permitted to take more than the minimum number CATS of modules - this is referred to as an overload.

For students starting in 2013 or later, additional modules taking your load over 120 CATS may have no effect on your overall average mark for the year, although they will still appear on your HEAR transcript. See section 5.8 for information about how year marks are calculated.

An extra module is a big commitment and you must be careful not to take on too much.