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What are the benefits of modularity?

Sunday Blake (Guild President 2020-21) speaks about her experience choosing modules outside of her discipline and why she recommends modularity. 

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

My placement experience has been invaluable. It gave me access me to an industry I was keen to explore and connected me to people within the PR and marketing world. To be able to do this whilst continuing with my course was really great. Having positive reviews and connections on LinkedIn will also be useful for applications to future roles, especially given that a lot of longer placements/internships/graduate jobs ask for previous experience. 80 hours is more than a lot of competing applicants will have!
The theory side of the module has also been fantastic. Engaging in topics like discrimination in the workplace, the gig economy and developing technologies has provided a varied and interesting perspective on what kind of career I would like to have and what kind of values I will seek in an employer or company. The ‘Humanities in the Workplace’ module has allowed me to explore aspects of the working world that I otherwise would have never considered or come across. It is a fantastic module and opportunity that I would undoubtedly recommend!


Read about other students who have benefitted from choosing modules outside of their discipline on the Study Zone blog

Click on the modules below to find out more about them.

If you are interested in taking any of these modules please contact your course administrator to check that you are able to do so, as well as the relevant departments for more information.

N.B. The modules listed are based on data available at the time of issue and are subject to change. Many modules will have limited spaces so you are not guaranteed a place and departments may prioritise students from their own discipline.

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Level 3:

Classics and Ancient History

Ancient Languages


Ancient History


Theology and Religion

Interested in learning a language as part of your degree?

In the Foreign Language Centre (FLC) you can choose from a range of languages, including British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Not only will you learn a language, but as Yumiko Moore, Associate Lecturer in Japanese explains, you will be introduced to another culture:


'With proficiency in'

Choosing a language module means you could gain 'with proficiency in...' or 'with advanced proficiency in...' on your degree certificate

This involves successfully completing 60 credits in one language taken through the FLC, of which 30 credits must be at NQF Level 5 (Intermediate) or higher. You can choose to develop a language from scratch or develop an existing one.  

For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at French Beginners and further 30 credits at French Intermediate One could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in French. If the 60 credits are all at NQF Level 6 (Advanced), then the words “with proficiency in advanced…” can be added. 

Find out more on the FLC website or by browsing the modules below. 

 British Sign language












Mandarin and Classical Chinese







The second year 'Humanities in the Workplace' module is designed to deepen your understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Humanities degree are applicable to the workplace.

Our second year 'Humanities in the Workplace' module is designed to deepen your understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Humanities degree are applicable to the workplace. As part of the module you will secure and complete a short placement of at least 40 or 80 hours (depending on whether you take the 15 or 30 credit version), allowing you to gain real work experience and insights in a broad range of sectors.

Level 2:

HUM2000 (30 Credits)

HUM2001 (15 Credits)


Please note: These modules are available to Colleges of Humanities students only. Attendance at preparatory employability and placement workshops is required in the summer term of first year. 

For more information, please see the Humanities in the Workplace website.

If you have any questions, please contact

Considering a career in teaching?

The Graduate School of Education 'Learning for Teaching' modules are intended for students who are considering a career in teaching.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers on which you can embark. Choosing a “learning for teaching” module will help you gain experience and insight into this challenging profession while studying for your undergraduate or Master’s degree.

To help you discover if teaching is right for you, or if you're just interested in developing your skills in this area, we have developed an accredited teaching experience module which is open to all second- and third-year undergraduates and master’s students, regardless of subject or discipline.

Please visit the Learning for Teaching website for more information.

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Level 3:

 "Picking this module supported my decision in choosing a Primary PGCE because it gave me the practice and experience I needed." - Connor (Exercise and Sports Science)

Learning from Work Experience in Social Sciences

SSI2001 (15 Credits) : For Students in Year 2

SSI3017 (15 Credits) : For Students in Year 3

Module is available to any second- or third-year student in the Law School and to all disciplines within SPSPA (Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Anthropology.)

On this module, students are supported in sourcing and securing 40-hour work placements in a sector of their choice. Shorter placements are an ideal way to road-test a career option and sharpen skills in all aspects of the application process, including CVs, application forms and speculative approaches.

The module emphasises the importance of learning from the whole experience of work, including a focus on how people learn from work, and more generic workplace skills and knowledge (including, for example, understanding organisational structures and practices, personal development planning, and lifelong learning through reflection and critical analysis).

Students on the module have identified opportunities in law firms, charities, marketing agencies, data analysis and many more.
If you would like to find out more, please click on the module descriptor links above or get in touch with

Level 2:

  • MLR2023 A Russian Carnival of the Animals (link coming soon)
  • MLR2025 Imperfect Murder: Reading Crime and Punishment (link coming soon)
  • MLR2026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St.Petersburg in Russian Literature (link coming soon)


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