Information for Students
The following information is provided to help you understand the reasons
why your programme is constructed in the way that it is and the limitations
on what you may choose to study.
- The modular system is not one which will permit you to choose units
in a haphazard way from across the University, but one in which greater
transparency will help you see how your programme fits together and
the choices you can make. The description of each unit will help you
to know its objectives more clearly and the assessment within each unit
should help you see what you have achieved. Describing the structure
of a programme, and detailing the units which are or may be relevant,
will help Directors of Studies to identify units in other parts of the
University which may be of benefit to you individually, or to subsequent
students through the development of new programmes. The construction
of coherent programmes of study, both by design in the first place,
and by your own choices where this can be made, is something to which
the University attaches much importance.
- Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance
with normal University procedures. Information provided in the catalogues
may not reflect precisely how a unit or programme will run.
- The inclusion of a unit in a programme of study
does not necessarily mean that the unit will be available to you. Constraints
such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling
factors will determine whether a unit will run. Other constraints such
as your ability to meet any pre-requisite rules, will dictate whether
you will be able to take the unit.
- Programmes and units described in the catalogues only apply for the
year indicated (e.g. catalogues for 2005/6 will only be relevant for
that year). Different ranges of programmes and units may be available
in subsequent years, so you should not assume, if you will be in year
2 of a programme in 2005/6, that the third year of your programme in
2006/7 will be as described here (for year 3 in 2005/6).
- Check carefully through the definition of each programme to make sure
that you have found the correct programme. There are different codes
for programmes which, for example, include a third-year placement, from
those for programmes which do not. You can find further information
on programme codes in Table
- The workload for a typical undergraduate year comprises 60 credits
(usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester). For postgraduate
students the number of credits varies according to the type of course
being studied. A typical full-time postgraduate taught masters course
comprises 90 credits, a postgraduate diploma 60 credits and a postgraduate
certificate 30 credits. Click here
for further information.
- Undergraduate students are permitted to take one six-credit unit (or
its equivalent - two three-credit units, or a five-credit unit) in an
academic year, outside the requirements of your programme. This will
not count for progression in your degree programme, or towards your
degree result. However, the fact that you have taken it, and the result
you have obtained will be recorded on your transcript of results, and
you will be able to demonstrate that you have done such extra work.
Those units most likely to be chosen in this way are listed in the Catalogue
of Generally Available Units.
- Once you have chosen your optional units for the year you will only
be permitted to change these options during the add/drop period at the
beginning of each semester. Any requests for changes will be subject
to constraints as described in '2' above