Compulsory / core: a module which must be taken by all the students on that programme of study. Your compulsory modules will be selected for you on the online form and you will not be able to amend these.

Optional / free-choice: a module that can be chosen from the module catalogue provided you meet any prerequisites. This module selection must still be agreed by both the offering School and the home School or Department to ensure it is appropriate for you and your programme of study. Not all courses offer the ability to choose optional modules.

Restricted optional: there is some choice in the modules but this is from a limited, prescribed list of modules. This could be an ‘alternative’ list (e.g. choose one 20 credit module from list A or from list B) or a ‘restricted’ list (e.g. select two 10 credit modules from this list).

Capped: some modules have a cap on the maximum number of students who can be enrolled on that module. Caps are set by the offering School and are used for a variety of reasons. Your space on a module is provisionally allocated when you submit the module enrolment form.  The cap is then checked before allocation is complete to ensure it is not exceeded, places are allocated on a first come first served basis. 

You can speak to our team on LiveChat via the Module Enrolment webpage if you have a query about selecting modules. Live chat is open between 10am-4pm during the module enrolment period - click on the icon in the bottom left corner of the module enrolment webpage.