Module Selection

Erasmus students:

Erasmus students must choose their modules from the department/College in which we have the agreement with their university.  Some Erasmus Co-ordinators will allow Erasmus students to take a limited number of credits in another department/College.  It is at their discretion. 

International Exchange and Study Abroad students:

International Exchange and Study Abroad students can choose modules from across our Colleges (excluding Medicine) and at any level, but you must meet any pre-requisites stated in the module description.  At least half of your academic programme must be based within one subject area.  Choosing modules from different departments means there will be a stronger possibility of timetable clashes, this can make finalising your study programme more difficult on arrival.

Please find below links to College module information.  We are unable to guarantee the courses you initially choose will be available and your study programme will be finalised on arrival at Exeter.

CollegeModule link
College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Computer Science
Geology (Penryn Campus, Cornwall)
Mining and Minerals Engineering (Penryn Campus, Cornwall)
Physics and Astronomy

College of Humanities Humanities modules
College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Biosciences modules (Streatham Campus, Exeter)
Biosciences modules (Penryn Campus, Cornwall)

Geography modules (Streatham Campus, Exeter)
Geography modules (Penryn Campus, Cornwall)

Psychology modules*

Sport and Health Science modules

College of Social Sciences and International Studies Law, Politics, Arab and Islamic Studies, Sociology and Philosophy modules
University of Exeter Business School Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance and Management modules
Flexible Combined Honours Department ('Broad General programmes') Flexible Combined Honours (FCH)
INTO English Language modules

*In 2015/6 please note that third year modules (PSY3XXX) are not available to Inbound Study Abroad students.


Modules containing fieldwork are not always available to incoming Study Abroad and Erasmus students.  You must check the module descriptions to determine if this applies to a module you intend to study. For the majority of programmes field trips are not compulsory and other arrangements can be made to fulfil the aims of the trip.  However, in some cases there may be other fieldtrip options that you will be liable to pay for. For further information please contact

Foreign Language Centre (FLC) modules in Term 2/Second semester

There are no 'term 2 only' modules for FLC. Therefore, second semester students requesting FLC modules will be joining half-way through the module and will only receive 15 credits instead of 30 credits shown. No evidence of language ability is required before arrival as students will be assessed on arrival. FLC modules are not guaranteed until assessment on arrival.

Understanding module codes

Each module is identified by a code.  Undergraduate module contain 7 characters. The first 3 letters of the code refers to the subject area and the 4th character is a number between 1-3, which signifies the year of the module, e.g. ARC2XXX means Archaeology 2nd year undergraduate module, or POC3XXX means Politics, 3rd year undergraduate module. The 1, 2 and 3 numbers, indicating year of module, are intended to indicate progressively more demanding content, and correspondingly increasing competence on the part of the students enrolled in the module. Modules listed as 1 are mainly for first year students, those listed as 2 are mainly for second year students and so on.

It is important that students planning their courses have clearly in mind the significance of these numbers so that they may guard against undertaking course work at levels for which they are insufficiently prepared.

For postgraduate programmes, the 4th character will be an 'M' e.g BEMMXXX which means Business (Management Studies), Masters-level module, or SOCM950 which means Sociology Masters-level module.