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Director of Studies approved options

Some programmes of study may allow students to select a 'Director of Studies approved option'. This means that you may be allowed to take a unit not normally available on your programme as an alternative to those directly on offer within lists of options in your programme.

Are Director of Studies approved options available on all programmes of study?

No. You may only request to take a Director of Studies approved option if this has been specifically approved for your programme of study.

How do I know if this option is available for my programme?

If one or more Director of Studies approved options have been approved for inclusion in your programme, this will be clearly indicated.

Are there restrictions on what I can choose?

In all cases:

  1. you must have the approval of your Director of Studies/Director of Teaching for the unit you want to study;
  2. where you would like to take a unit from outside your department, your choice of unit will also be subject to the approval of the Director of Studies/Director of Teaching responsible for the unit;
  3. you may only take units for which you satisfy all pre-requisite rules;
  4. you will only be able to take a unit if there is enough space for you to do so - if the unit is full you will not be able to take it;
  5. you may only take a unit which does not clash with others on your timetable;
  6. if you want to take a unit at a level lower than your year of study (e.g. if you want to take a second year unit in your final year of study) you must ensure that you have enough credits at each level overall to achieve your final award (see here for further information).

Your Director of Studies/Director of Teaching will be able to advise you regarding which units might be appropriate for you to choose.

What should I do if I want to take a Director of Studies approved option?

Where you are allowed to take a Director of Studies approved option, you must first select enough units from the options available within your programme of study. Specific instructions on how to request an alternative Director of Studies approved option will be provided in the help text via the 'Choose optional modules' screens in SAMIS.

When will I see my Director of Studies approved option in my list of current modules in SAMIS?

If approval is granted for you to take your requested Director of Studies approved option, it will not be added to your list of current modules in SAMIS until the teaching timetable for the relevant period has been published. Expected publication dates for 2017/18 are 18 September 2017 (for Semester 1 and all-year units) and 22 December 2017 (for Semester 2 units). You will only be able to take your requested Director of Studies approved option if approval is given by your Director of Studies and if the module does not clash with others on your timetable.