What can I study?

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Your available options vary depending on whether or not you are applying from a partner university and the location of the partner university.

  • European partners: If you are currently enrolled at one of our partner universities in Europe you must choose all of your modules from the academic department into which you have been nominated, with the exception of those coming through a link hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures.
  • Non-European partners: You may choose modules across as many departments as you wish, subject to pre-requisites and timetabling.
  • Direct enrolment: You may choose modules across as many departments as you wish, subject to pre-requisites and timetabling.

Timetables are published in September, so if you choose modules from different departments and/or levels, this is subject to change when you arrive. 

Departments open to inbound students

Department European partners Non-European partners Direct enrolment
Aerospace Engineering No Yes Yes
Archaeology Yes Yes Yes
Architecture Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Control and Systems Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Biochemistry No Yes Yes
Bioengineering No Yes Yes
Biosciences (including Biology, Ecology, Plant Sciences, Zoology and Biomedical Science)* Yes Yes Yes
Chemical and Biological Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Civil and Structural Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science No Yes Yes
East Asian Studies No Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Yes Yes Yes
English Language Teaching Centre Yes Yes Yes
English (Literature, Language and Linguistics) Yes Yes Yes
Geography Yes Yes Yes
History  Yes Yes Yes
Information School No No No
Journalism Studies  Yes Yes Yes
Landscape Architecture Yes Yes Yes
Law Yes** No** Yes**
Management School (including Business) Yes Yes Yes
Materials Science and Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics: Applied, Pure and Statistics Yes Yes Yes
Mechanical Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Modern Language Teaching Centre Yes Yes Yes
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology No Yes Yes
Music Yes Yes Yes
Nursing and midwifery Yes No   No  
Philosophy Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Politics and International Relations*** Yes Yes Yes
Psychology****  No Yes Yes
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) No No No
School of Languages and Culture Yes No   No  
Sociological Studies Yes Yes Yes
Urban Studies and Planning Yes Yes Yes

*Third year modules in Biosciences are only offered on a case by case basis to advanced students following discussion with the department.

**The School of Law runs their own exchange programme. If you are unsure if your university is a Law or Criminology exchange partner, please see the School of Law website

***Third year modules in Politics are closed to exchange students for capacity reasons.

****Psychology modules are available to students spending the full academic year (September to June) at Sheffield.

Some departments have module restrictions and if you are not academically qualified for a module, you will need to choose again. This especially applies for any advanced level modules for which there are pre-requisites. Modules which are not available to exchange students cannot be chosen in the application.

Understanding the module system at Sheffield

Courses at Sheffield are known as modules. Modules are made up of regularly scheduled class sessions of one or more hours per week during the semester. Depending on the subject area, these may include lectures, seminars, tutorials and labs.

Each module is assigned a credit value. You will need to study 60 Sheffield credits per semester to gain full time status at the University of Sheffield. Most modules are worth 10 or 20 Sheffield credits. You can expect a 10 credit module to involve 100 hours of work and a 20 credit module to involve 200. This can include lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs and self study time.

The maximum number of credits for which you can register is 120 for an academic year or 60 for a semester. With written approval of your home institution, it may be possible to register for fewer credits. The minimum allowed is 100 Sheffield credits over a full academic year or 40 Sheffield credits for one semester.

Before completing an application form, you and your academic advisers should look at the modules on offer at Sheffield. You need to be sure the level of study here is right for you, and that the modules you choose will meet the requirements of your home institution. 

Directory of Modules

Module details can be found listed under each department in the Directory of Modules. If the module descriptions does not provide enough information for your home university to approve them, you can mail globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk, quoting the module code and title, and we will liaise with the academic department concerned to obtain this information.

Remember to:

  • Check you meet the English language requirement for each department you want to study in
  • Choose the right semester – check the calendar type in the Directory of Modules (modules only run in the indicated semester: Autumn, Spring or Academic year). It is not possible to take a full academic year module if you are only attending for one semester
  • Have back up options just in case. It is possible to change modules when you arrive during the Add/Drop period.
  • Level 300 and 400 are advanced level modules. You must have an appropriate academic background to be allowed to take these modules. Level 400 modules have a pass mark of 50, rather than 40. If you do not meet the pre-requisites of a module you have requested, you may be asked to consider a level 100 or level 200 module on a similar topic. If you are new to a subject, look at level 100. The directory of modules contains information on pre-requisites (see link above). Modules which start with a '6' (e.g. POL6001) are postgraduate level modules, and are restricted.

Closed departments

It is not possible to study modules in the following departments. 

  • Department of Medical Physics (Codes beginning with: MPY)
  • Majority of departments within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health 
  • School of Education (Codes beginning with: EDU)
  • Postgraduate departments such as the Information School (Codes beginning with: INF)

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