Global Opportunities

Module Guidance

Key words

Some words may be different to the ones you are used to - please familiarise yourself with the below terminology

Module – You may describe this as one course or class.

Credits – Are a value given to each module as an equivalent to a notional total study time for that module. Each 10 credit module represents 100 study hours. You must study 60 credits in a Semester; for a full year student this would mean studying 120 credits in total.

Semester – Semester 1 is September – January. Semester 2 is January – June. You can sort the catalogue by Semester to only select modules for your period of study. Where a module states both Semesters, it is a full year module and may only be taken by Full Year students.

Stage – This is the level of the module. The first number of each Module Code correlates to the Stage.

(Inactive) – If you see this next to a module title it means the module is not available this year. You will not be able to take these modules. Availability can change without notice so please do check back in the catalogue closer to your time of arrival.

Pre-requisite - Stage 2 and 3 modules are likely to require any student studying them to have prior experience in the subject field. Stage 3 modules will require particular subject content to have been learnt. You will need to show you have met these pre-requisites in order to be given permission to study these modules.

How to choose modules

There are several factors you need to take in to consideration when provisionally selecting your modules

Browse our Module Catalogue

We have a specialist Module Catalogue that shows all modules open to Sudy Abroad and Exchange students. Please only use this page as your source of module information as information provided on other pages may not clarify what is and what is not available to you.

Please be aware that our Module Catalogue refreshes its content in April each year to reflect availability for the following academic year. Therefore, prospective students should be aware that module availability is subject to change.

If taking a specific module you have seen on our website would be essential for your study abroad or exchange programme, please contact us so that we can liaise with the relevant School on your behalf.

Choose the appropriate Stage

Stage 1 modules are for Year 1 undergraduate students. These are introductory modules, designed to provide a basis for more advanced and specialised modules. (e.g. HIS1044)

Stage 2 modules are for Year 2 undergraduate students. These modules assume substantial understanding and aim to both broaden and deepen knowledge of the subject matter. You should have some prior experience in the topic area and this may be checked by the Academic Selector. (e.g. BUS2021)

Stage 3 modules are for Year 3 or Final Year undergraduate students. These modules form the highest level of undergraduate modules and provide highly specialised instruction. You are likely to need permission from the School to take these modules, and must have taken relevant pre-requisite classes. (e.g. BIO3050)

Subject Area limitations

Some Schools, due to their highly specialised nature, only allow students on certain programmes to study on their modules.

Law - Only students from the Law School Erasmus partnerships can choose modules in this subject area.

Psychology - Only students on the Study Abroad Programme can choose modules in this subject area.

Mathematics, Statistics and Physics - Students may only choose modules in these subject areas with explicit permission from the School, considered on an individual basis.

Biomedical Sciences - Students may choose modules in these areas with the appropriate pre-requisite knowledge for the selected module

Exchange students

If you are studying with us through Erasmus or a non-EU exchange, you will need to choose modules from subjects that are listed in the exchange agreement between Newcastle and your home institution. Please make sure you are clear about which subjects these are to avoid later disappointment when trying to register in subjects that are not included in the exchange agreement. If you are unsure which subjects are open to you please contact your institution or contact us for clarification. 

Registration Process

Formal module registration happens at the start of the Semester.

Although you may review the module catalogue and choose modules that are appropriate to your course of study, the modules you choose during the application process are not guaranteed and are subject to change according to availability. You may also need to show that you have studied pre-requisite knowledge for certain higher-level modules.

Formal module registration does not happen until you arrive on campus, and will be done during a meeting with your School Coordinator. At this time, you and your School Coordinator will agree to your set of modules and (if applicable) your School Coordinator will sign your Erasmus Learning Agreement.