Global Opportunities

Module Guidance

Choosing modules

Key considerations when choosing your preferred modules:

Browse our Module Catalogue

We have a specialist Module Catalogue that shows all modules open to Study 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, you can note this in your application. We still do not provide any guarantee of undertaking the module, but it will mean we can notify you if there were any issues with your selection. 

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)

Exchange Students

If you are studying with us through an Exchange Agreement, 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.

Key words

Please familiarise yourself with the below terminology before browsing the Module Catalogue

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.

Registration Process

Formal module registration happens at the start of the semester.

Formal module registration does not happen until you arrive on campus.

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

Module registration will be done during a meeting with your School Coordinator; you will agree on your modules and (if applicable) your School Coordinator will sign your Learning Agreement. We also host a Module Fair for modules within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that you may be interested in taking outside of your chosen subject area. More information about the Module Fair will be provided closer to the start of your study period.

While we make efforts to deliver the modules as described, occasionally amendments are needed. Therefore, please be aware that the Module Catalogue is subject to change, as well as individual module availability and fulfilment of any pre-requisites. If you have questions about specific modules, please contact the relevant School. Alternatively, you can contact the Global Opportunities Team at global.opportunities@ncl.ac.uk 

Subject Limitations

Exchanges

If you are studying with us via an Exchange Agreement, you will need to only choose modules from subjects that are included in the agreement between Newcastle and your home institution.

Subject Limitations

Biomedical Sciences

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

Business
  • Incoming exchange students on Business School exchange agreements must take a minimum of 40 credits per semester of Business School modules and can take no more than 20 credits per semester outside the Business School;
  • Incoming exchange students allocated to all other Schools can apply for no more than 20 credits per semester of Business School modules.
Law

Only students on Law School exchange agreements 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.

Psychology

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

Like all universities, while we make efforts to deliver the modules as described, occasionally some amendments are needed taking into account changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners and student feedback. Therefore, please be aware that the Module Catalogue is subject to change, as well as individual module availability, timetabling limitations and fulfilment of any pre-requisites. If you have any questions about specific modules, please contact the relevant School. Alternatively, you can contact the Global Opportunities Team at global.opportunities@ncl.ac.uk