Newcastle University Business School

Module Selection

Choose your modules

Find out more information about choosing your modules below

Choose your modules

Every year students are asked to select their modules for the following academic year. Please read through this page carefully to understand the process.

Module selection for programmes in the Business School will now open on Wednesday 29 July, 09:00 (BST). From this date, you will be able to log into S3P to choose your modules for the upcoming year. You will have until 20:00 (BST) on Sunday 02 August to choose your modules. All the information you will need for module selection can be accessed via this webpage. If you need any further advice or guidance please contact:

  • Module Leader - for module-specific questions
  • Degree Programme Director - for help understanding your programme regulations
  • Personal Tutor - if you are unsure which modules to take
  • IT support - if you encounter any problems with S3P (available at 0191 208 5999)

Due to COVID-19, staff are working to adapt their modules for the likelihood of future periods of lockdown and remote delivery. The School Office is not currently staffed but programme teams are available to contact via email as follows:

Module descriptions in the module catalogue are also subject to change; please use the module descriptions as an indicative of theme only.

Programme regulations 

Please find your programme regulations here.

Module Selection Meetings

DPD/Stage Co-Ordinator Meetings

DPD’s and/or Stage Co-Ordinators for each programme (where appropriate) will hold synchronous online module selection meetings w/c Monday 27 July 2020 to help you make your choices.

Do I need to attend?

All students currently in Stages One and Two should attend one of the meetings if you can (there will be two per stage so you will have a choice of which to attend). This will be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the modules for next year before you select them. The date and times of the meetings across all Undergraduate programmes can be found within the slides on this page.

NN14/NN49 students do not need to attend these sessions as all modules are compulsory.

How do I pre-register for my modules?

All current Stage One and Two students must pre-register your module choices online via the Student Self-Service Portal (S3P). You only have five daysto do this. The portal opens for Business School students at 09:00 (BST) on Wednesday 29 July and closes at 20:00 (BST) on Sunday 02 August. The portal is open 24 hours and is web-based so you can do this on or off-campus, and at any time of the day or night. Students on N120 can complete the module selection via S3P or a webform (your DPD will send further details to you via email regarding this). 

How do I know which optional modules to choose from?

This will be explained at the DPD and/or Stage Co-Ordinator meetings. Also, the 2020/2021-degree programme regulations list the compulsory and optional modules at every stage of your degree programme. We strongly recommend that you look at the degree programme regulations for your programme in advance of making your selection. These are available here. Where there are pathways in the degree programmes regulations it is very important that you select your optional modules from within one pathway (this will be checked and we will contact you if you have selected modules from different pathways).

Where can I find more detailed information on specific modules?

Detailed module information can be found by using the Module Catalogue here. To search for a module, type in the module code (or search by School or by degree programme). You must make sure that the 2020/2021 Academic Year is selected in your search. The Module Catalogue contains information on credit value, semester taught, learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching staff.

To access the Module Catalogue whilst off-campus, please log in via RAS (the Remote Application Service) using your normal University ID and password.

Once logged on, select the folder Communications and Browsers, and then IE for Campus Web Pages. This will get you access to all the web pages that you would normally be able to see whilst logged on, on campus, including the Module Catalogue.

Can I choose an optional module from outside my degree programme regulations?

You are asked to pre-register for optional modules which are listed in your degree programme regulations. Our programmes have been carefully designed with an academic rationale as to which compulsory and optional modules are included.

In very exceptional circumstances it is possible to study an optional module from outside your degree programme regulations. However, you will need to wait until the timetable is published in October 2020 to see if the module fits in with the rest of your timetable. You would then need to seek approval from your Degree Programme Director. In the meantime, and at module pre-registration, you are required to pre-register for an optional module which is listed in your degree programme regulations so that your module choices can be included in the timetable.

I am going on a placement year/year out next year (in 2020/2021), do I need to pre-register for my modules now?

No, if you know that you are definitely going to be on a placement during 2020/2021, you do not need to your pre-register for your modules via S3P now. Instead, you will do this next year whilst on placement (in April 2021) for your return in 2021/2022. However, if you are still undecided, we recommend that you select module choices on the assumption that you will be at university next year.

Can I use a MAC to access the S3P system?

You are recommended to use a PC to access S3P. Nevertheless, the system should work on a MAC. To be entirely sure, you should test that you can log in to the system before you have to select your modules. If you encounter difficulties, you should use the RAS system.

What if my degree programme has no optional modules?

Students whose modules next year are all compulsory do not need to do anything and will not be able to log into S3P during the module choice period. Your modules will be automatically loaded into the system.

What if I don’t pre-register my modules by the deadline?

You must pre-register your modules on time by 20:00 (BST) on Sunday 02 August 2020. We expect all students to be able to access the portal at some point during the five-day period - even if you are overseas or ill for part of the week. If there are exceptional circumstances as to why you can’t make your module choice on time you should contact your Programme Secretary by email and it may be possible to make special arrangements for you. Otherwise, you will need to accept that the modules that you eventually choose may not be your preferred optional modules.

What can I do if I change my mind about my modules between August and October?

In theory, the regulations allow for module amendments within a limited period of time at the very start of term (at which point the academic timetable will be published), however, in practice there needs to be a free space available on the module and it needs to fit into your timetable. You must not assume that they will freely be able to change modules in October and should, therefore, give very careful consideration to their module choices at pre-registration.

If in October there is a free space on a module and it fits with your timetable, you need will to seek approval from your Degree Programme Director to change modules. When checking the availability of a module at the start of the Academic Year, you must make sure that you check the timetable slots for both Semesters (if it is a yearlong module) to ensure that there are no clashes. Remember, it is not unusual for a year-long module to change its timetabled slots between Semesters.

What happens if a module does not run in October?

Very occasionally an optional module may not run (come the beginning of the academic year). This is generally because there have not been enough students signed up for it, or because the member of academic staff due to deliver it has left the university or gone on sabbatical. If this happens, all students affected will be emailed and given the opportunity to select a different optional module.