How to use the Undergraduate Modular Handbook

  • The Undergraduate Modular Handbook is an online tool for you to research and select your modules for each semester. When you have found the modules you wish to take, please note the course codes as you will need to include these in your application.

    There are two ways to search the handbook:

    1. Go to the Subject Selection option.
    2. Choose a subject and the relevant academic year code from the options below and click on the "show page" button (for the 2017/18 academic year, this will be Y18).
    3. Read the brief module description. Check if it is:
      - running in semester 1 or 2
      - a single or a double module
      - a Level 4, a Level 5 or a Level 6 module
      For more on the definitions of these terms (for example Levels), please read the Handbook definitions  section below.
    4. Check if the module has any pre-requisites. You will only be allowed to take modules with pre-requisites if you have the necessary academic background. 
    5. Note the module code (e.g. U22171) and enter this on your application form.
    1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and search modules by ‘Module matching code’ (if you know the code of a particular module) or ‘text' box option (use words such as “Geography” or “Business”).
    2. Choose the correct level of studies.
      For more on the definitions of these terms (for example Levels), please read the Handbook definitions section below.
    3. Change the “running between” dates to reflect the relevant academic year.
    4. Read the brief module description. Check if it is:
      - running in Semester 1 or 2
      - a single or a double module
      - a Level 4, a Level 5 or a Level 6 module
    5. Check if the module has any pre-requisites. You will only be allowed to take modules with pre-requisites if you have the necessary academic background. 
    6. Note the module code (e.g. U22171) and enter this on your application form.


    Level 4 Modules

    These modules are introductions to a particular subject, and are appropriate for students wishing to sample courses outside of their own subject of study.  These can be taken without having completed pre-requisites. Oxford Brookes students normally take the level 4 modules during the first year of their three years of academic degree studies. Exchange and Study Abroad students are welcome to apply for Level 4 modules outside of their own major subject.

    Level 5 Modules 
    These are more in-depth classes in a particular subject, usually also referred to as “Advanced” modules and very often have prerequisites. Oxford Brookes students normally take the level 5 modules during the second year of their three years of academic degree studies. We recommend Exchange and Study Abroad students to apply for Level 5 modules mainly in their own major subject area. 

    Level 6 Modules
    These modules are the most advanced modules.  Level 6 "Honours" modules are normally taken towards the end of the degree programme and may include a project/dissertation type modules. Oxford Brookes students take the level 6 modules during the last year of their academic degree studies. We recommend Exchange and Study Abroad students to apply for Level 6 modules only in their own major subject area.

    Pre-Requisites
    If the module description lists pre-requisites which refer to other Oxford Brookes modules, we will liaise with the faculty at Oxford Brookes after your application to obtain approval for your study programme. 

    Single Module 
    A single module carries 7.5 ECTS credits and requires 150 hours of student study for successful completion. A single module is usually 1 semester in length, but sometimes can go over 2 semesters.

    Double Module 
    A double module is worth 15 ECTS credits (twice that of a single module). A double module normally runs over two semesters, but can in some cases run over one semester. If you wish to take a double module in one semester, please be aware that you will only be able to study two other single modules, giving a total of 30 ECTS credits each semester. If a double module you are interested in runs over two semesters and you are studying at Brookes only for one semester, you can not take the module.

    Independent Study Module 
    These modules are normally not open for exchange or study abroad students.

    When you have found an interesting module, please open the module description page. Under the short description of the content you will find the word "Syllabus" in blue. Click on the word and you will find more information about the module. Some syllabi are not available online. Please contact Oxford Brookes University Exchanges Team with a syllabus request and we will email the required syllabi to you.
    When you have found an interesting module, open the module description page. Check the scheduling and make sure there are no timetable clashes. Please note, you are not able to take two modules that run at the same time, even if they only have lectures and no seminars. Most of our tentative timetables are released some months prior to the beginning of the semester, but there might be some last minute timetable changes.