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Module selection

Module Selection

The information on this page provides you with preliminary module information to inform your choices listed for your ‌Exeter Study Plan form.

European Exchange students must choose 75% of their modules in the subject in which we have the agreement with your university.  Some departments will allow European Exchange students to take 25% of their modules in another department, however this is subject to module availability. Students wishing to improve their English language skills may like to choose a credit-rated English language module from the INTO Insessional programme.

Study Abroad and International Exchange students can usually (if the agreement with your home university allows) choose modules from across our departments (excluding the College of Medicine and Health, Liberal Arts, and the Graduate School of Education) and at any undergraduate level. However, please note the following:

  • You must meet any pre-requisites stated in the module description
  • You must choose a level suitable for your prior knowledge of the subject area
  • Choosing modules from across different departments and levels will increase the possibility of timetable clashes. This can make finalising your study programme more difficult.  Therefore you should choose a minimum of 50% of your modules in one subject area.

Please find below links to College and Departmental module guidance which explain module restrictions more clearly.

We are unable to guarantee that the modules you initially choose will be available. Your study programme will be finalised in the first two weeks of your arrival at the University of Exeter.

Each module 'course' is identified by a module code. 

Undergraduate modules

The first 3 letters of the code refer 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 POL3XXX means Politics, 3rd year module.

The 1, 2 and 3 numbers indicating the year of module are intended to indicate progressively more demanding content, and therefore increasing competence on the part of the student enrolled on the module.

An undergraduate degree in the UK typically lasts three years. Modules listed as 1 are mainly for first year students. Modules in year one aim to equip students with a broad understanding of the subject area so that students have the relevant skills and knowledge to progress to the second year of studies.

Modules taught in year two will build on the principles taught in year one. Even if no pre-requisites are listed, you should check that you have the relevant knowledge.

Year 3 modules are for final year, undergraduate students.

It is important when planning your courses that you understand the significance of these numbers so that you can choose a level you are prepared for.

Postgraduate modules

The 4th character will be an 'M' e.g BEMMXXX which means Business (Management Studies), Masters-level module.

Codes for the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences are explained further in the guidance below.

Please note that Masters levels modules (postgraduate taught) do not normally list pre-requisites, however, students undertaking these courses will have gained three full years of experience in this subject. You MUST have sufficient knowledge of the subject to undertake these modules - check with your College Coordinator and module convenor if you are not sure.

Modules containing fieldwork are usually not available to incoming Exchange and Study Abroad students studying at the Exeter Campuses (Streatham and St Luke's). 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.

Fieldwork modules at the Penryn Campus may be possible. For further information please contact

Exchange students attending fieldtrips and daytrips (e.g students studying Physical Geography modules) are expected to provide their own suitable clothing for this activity, which is likely to include walking boots and waterproof clothing. Consult your module convenor if further information is required.