New students: Module Selection

The following information provides guidance on how to choose your modules. It is intended for undergraduate students entering modular degree programmes at Level One (first year of study). Foundation Year and Level Two students should consult their departments for guidance.

How to choose your modules

1. Read the Programme Regulations

Every course (programme) at the University has a set of programme regulations. These tell you how your course is constructed. It may consist of core (compulsory), approved and/or unrestricted modules.

Those students who hope to proceed to a 4-year Master´s degree may need to refer to the entry for the Bachelor´s degree of the same (or very similar) title as these programmes are often identical at Level One.

2. Identify all core modules

Once you have accessed your course regulations, make a note of each module under section (a). These are the compulsory modules you must take as part of your course. This will be the core of your personal timetable.

Make a note of the codes, titles, credit value, semester and class times. To look at the teaching timetable for your modules, see link in right hand box. You may wish to make a provisional timetable using this information.

Teaching Timetable

Most classes last for a little less than an hour. It will be indicated where a class is to last longer. A small number of modules are taught from the beginning of the autumn semester until the end of the spring semester and last for the full Academic Year.

Remember that only those classes which every student on the module must attend are shown. There will be laboratory classes and/or tutorials to be added once you have arrived in the University and have been allocated to a group.

You may see that some modules are taught for 6-week periods rather than for a full Semester. These are indicated as weeks of the academic year. All times are provisional and are subject to confirmation or amendment at the beginning of the academic year.

Autumn Semester

  • 25 September to 16 December 2017
  • 4 weeks Christmas vacation
  • 15 January to 3 February 2018

Spring Semester

  • 5 February to 24 March 2018
  • 3 weeks Easter vacation
  • 16 April to 9 June 2018

University courses are continually reviewed and revised and there may well be changes to them between the date of the publication and the time a student embarks on a course. The timetable, in particular, is subject to changes. Please check the live timetable on the website regularly, see link in right hand box.

3. Identify approved and unrestricted modules

Approved modules

Approved modules are pre-selected by your department and are listed directly underneath the core modules marked (a). The module code generally indicates the academic department responsible for teaching them.
Unrestricted modules

Unrestricted modules may be allowed in your course regulations, marked as (c). These are modules that are open to all students where applicable, depending on availability and numbers. (see link in right hand box to Directory of Modules)

Click on the department to look at the modules that may be available, then click on the individual module for further details. The modules may have other restrictions, such as requiring certain subjects at 'A' level or equivalent - please read the module description carefully.

If you are an Erasmus student please click here.

If you are a Study Abroad student please click here.

Browse and print off the modules

You may wish to browse these modules and print off or make a list of any that you are interested in. Generally you should only look at Level One Modules i.e. ones which have a 1 after the department code such as AAP106. (The exceptions to this are languages available through the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. For further information see link in right hand box).

The Modules are grouped by Department/School and then Module/Unit. However, your department will provide further guidance on choosing your modules at your academic department's introductory meeting and at the Module Enrolment event during Intro Week (see Step 4).

(Please note that under General Regulation 26 for First Degrees, no student may take, as unrestricted modules, more than 20 credits of units with an ACE prefix).

Total 120 credits per academic year

Bear in mind that many modules are only taught in one Semester each year. You are aiming to identify those that, with your core modules, could make up a full and balanced load of 60 credits per Semester. The total of the core, approved and unrestricted modules should come to 120 credits per academic year.

4. Introductory Meeting and Module Enrolment

Your academic department´s Introductory Meeting and the Module Enrolment Event will enable you to make your final choices, which in turn will allow you to register.

You should bring details of any modules you are interested in to your Introductory Meeting, held during Intro Week. (Check the Registration Timetable on iSheffield for dates and times)

At the meeting you will be discuss and approved your choice of modules and these will be added to a form and signed off by your academic department.

If your course regulations allow you to chose unrestricted modules, you will sign up for these at the Unrestricted Module Event (see link Registration of New Students in right hand box). The full complement of modules (usually 120) will be added to your University record when you register.

5. After Registration

Changing modules after registration

After you have registered you will have three weeks at the beginning of each Semester in which changes to your chosen modules can be requested. This is known as the ADD/DROP period.

Check your University Record

In week four of each Semester you should check your personal record to ensure that the list of modules corresponds with those that you are taking. This list will be used to prepare you Examination Timetable.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your units are correctly recorded.

Need help?

All the information you require for preparing for module choice is contained in these pages. However if you are experiencing difficulties finding the information you need please contact us by using the web form link below.

New Student Query about Module Selection

The University reserves the right to discontinue courses of study and to amend Regulations which control courses of study when necessary. Students should check the latest position before they attend classes.