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How units are coded

The codes assigned to units are made up of 7 alphanumeric characters (e.g. CH10005) in the following manner:

Character position




1& 2

Department code (2 characters): identifies the department or departments which contribute to the teaching of the unit

AA A dummy code used for on-line unit selection
AR Architecture & Civil Engineering, Department of
AS Learning Partnerships (e.g. units for Foundation Degrees)
BB Biology & Biochemistry, Department of
CE Chemical Engineering, Department of
CH Chemistry, Department of
CM Computer Science, Department of
CN Community Courses (Division for Lifelong Learning)
EC Economics & International Development, Department of [replaced by ES]
ED Education, Department of
EE Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Department of
EL English Language Centre
ES Economics, Department of
EU European Studies & Modern Languages, Department of
FH Health, School for
FL Foreign Languages Centre
MA Mathematical Sciences
ME Mechanical Engineering, Department of
MN Management, School of
PA Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Department of
PH Physics, Department of
PS Psychology, Department of
SP Social & Policy Sciences, Department of
XX Cross-department
ZZ Used for Director of Studies Approved Units

Level code: a technical coding element which indicates the level at which the unit is studied; see Table 5 for national equivalent level codes for units

(see also the page describing different levels assigned to units)

0 Foundation
1 Certificate
2 Intermediate
3 Honours
4 Masters (offered to both Undergraduate & Postgraduate students)
5 Masters (offered on Postgraduate programmes)
6 Doctoral
4 - 7
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Numeric identifier (4 characters): used to identify particular units within a group that otherwise has common characteristics of department and level  

This element should be assumed to have no intrinsic significance. Within the group of units which have the following common characteristics, for example:

Department of Mathematical Sciences; Honours level (MA3 ...)

the number at the end only serves to separate different individual units.