Course Information for Erasmus students

A 'module' is Sheffield's term for what is called at many universities a 'course' (Czech kurz). 'Course' at Sheffield usually refers to a prescribed combination of modules leading to a degree (corresponding to Czech studium).

What does the module number mean?

Modules whose code begins with 1, 2 or 3 are intended for undergraduate students. Those beginning with 1 are for Level 1 students (first-year), those beginning with 2 are for Level 2 students (second-year), and those beginning with 3 are for either Level 2 or Level 3 students (second-, third-, or final-year).

Most Czech university students tend to come to Sheffield in their third, fourth or fifth year of study, and find Level 1 modules insufficiently challenging.

Modules beginning with 4 are intended specifically for Erasmus students who are not native speakers of English.

Modules beginning with 6 are intended for postgraduate students. Students in these modules will sometimes take classes with undergraduates in a similarly-named module, but have an extra component of work and supervision in addition to that mandated for undergraduates.

For example:

  • RUS105 is a module for first-year undergraduates;
  • RUS203 is a module for second-year undergraduates;
  • RUS383 is a module for final-year undergraduates;
  • RUS6570 is a module for postgraduate students.

Which modules can I take?

As an Erasmus student based in our Department, you must choose at least one module from within the Russian Department. The Erasmus tutor will be able to advise you which modules will be most suitable for you, given your interests and background.

Depending on background, students may be interested in modules in other departments, for example (the following departments' website links will open in a new window):

English Language and Linguistics

English Literature

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

Human Communication Sciences

Specially designated Erasmus modules in English Language and English Literature are available to all visiting students. Admission to other non-Departmental modules will be at the discretion of the department and instructor involved.

The Erasmus tutor in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies can help you further with arranging admission to these modules.

How many modules will I take?

In an ordinary semester, a Sheffield student takes three "full" modules, six "half" modules (which require half as much work), or a combination thereof. You will do exactly the same. This means that you will take exactly 30 ECTS credits, which will be made up of a combination of five-credit and ten-credit modules.

Important: Students consulting Sheffield's websites for module information should be aware that Sheffield's internal credit system is not the same as the ECTS system.

Sheffield's internal system is based on 60 local credits per semester for undergraduates and postgraduates. You should therefore divide the Sheffield number by two to calculate the correct number of ECTS credits.

For example:

  • RUS323 = 20 Sheffield undergraduate credits = 10 ECTS credits.
  • RUS3611 = 10 Sheffield undergraduate credits = 5 ECTS credits.
  • RUS6700 = 30 Sheffield postgraduate credits = 15 ECTS credits.

How long is the semester?

Each semester consists of 12 teaching weeks followed by a 3-week examination/assessment period. The Christmas and Easter vacations fall within the first and second semesters respectively and allow time for revision. Erasmus students should plan to be resident for both the teaching and exam periods of their chosen semester.

Sheffield semester dates