What can I study?

At the University of Leeds we call the individual subjects that you will study modules. They are sometimes called classes or courses at other universities.

As a study abroad student you can apply for modules from across the University and you may be able to transfer any credits you gain to your degree in your home country. Please visit our module catalogue and search by “incoming study abroad”. We would advise you to discuss your choices with your home university before you apply. If you have questions about particular modules, please see our Study Abroad Coordinator contact list and get in touch with the Study Abroad Coordinator in the relevant school. You can also check which schools have specific academic requirements for study abroad applicants.

Things to consider when choosing modules

Level of the module

The first number in the module code refers to the level at Leeds 1, 2 or 3. Degrees only last three years in England, so even if you will be in your third year of study while you are at Leeds, this does not mean you will automatically be accepted for level 3 modules. Level 5 refers to postgraduate level modules. Please visit our taught postgraduate module catalogue to find a list of modules available for incoming Study Abroad students.

Make sure you have covered the content of any pre-requisite modules listed in the module catalogue.  If it is not clear from your transcript that you have the pre-requisite knowledge for a module, you are welcome to upload a statement about this with your supporting documents.

When the module is taught

At Leeds a module can be taught for one semester only, or it can be taught over the full academic year.  If you are at Leeds for one semester only, you cannot take modules that run over the full year.

You will see these descriptions in the module catalogue:

  • Taught semester 1 – this module runs from September to January.
  • Taught semester 2 – this module runs from January to June.
  • Taught semester 1 and 2 – this module runs from September to June (this will show as Semester 3 on the application form) and is not available to single semester students.
  • Taught semester 1; semester 2 – this module is taught from September to January, and then again from January to June.

The following schools teach the majority of their modules across the full academic year (semester 1 and 2) so consider your application carefully if you are applying for a single semester and are required to take modules in these subject areas:

  • Chemical and Process Engineering (CAPE)
  • Design (Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing modules)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MECH) 

Fine Art studio modules are only taught in Semester 1 or across the full academic year.

Number of modules to select

A full-time workload at Leeds is 60 credits per semester. You should apply for 60 to 100 credits per semester of study in case some of your choices are not available.

Please note: our module catalogue does not use ECTS credits. A 20 credit Leeds module is worth 10 ECTS credits.

Subject area of the module

If you are applying through a subject specific agreement then you are expected to take around 50% of your credits in that subject area. If you are applying through a non-subject specific agreement then you can apply for any module that is marked as being suitable for incoming study abroad students (‘isa’ in the module catalogue), so long as your home university also approve this.

English language modules and the Language Centre

Our Language Centre offers several modules each semester, to help you extend your English vocabulary, and pronunciation ability and develop communication strategies. These modules are specifically designed for International students whose first language is not English so very well suited for many Study Abroad and exchange students. Search for the ‘Language Centre’ in the module catalogue for more information about these modules.

The Language Centre on campus also run free skills workshops to help you develop your confidence in using academic language.

Elective modules 

If you choose to study your elective modules with us, you may wish to consider a less traditional subject or topic as part of your credit load. These allow you to broaden your learning, skills and development in areas that interest you, outside of your degree subject:

Discovery modules

Discovery modules follow 10 themes that cover the variety of academic areas available to students at Leeds. Discovery modules are labelled ‘d’ and skills discovery modules are labelled 'skd' in the module catalogue.

Leeds Careers modules (CSER)

These modules can help you develop realistic career plans during your time at university and after you graduate.

Leeds Skills Elective (LEED)

LEED modules are all discovery modules that give you an opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in outdoor and group activities.

Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC)

The Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) promotes programmes, pathways and support for adult, part-time and foundation level students especially those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups. Focus is on keeping class sizes small so you will have plenty of opportunities to gain information, advice and guidance from our staff.

The LLC is a multi-disciplinary school running a range of undergraduate programmes and therefore teaching patterns may vary. For example, modules from the part-time Business Management degree are delivered during the evening over fourteen weeks, whereas modules on our Child and Family Studies programme include some online learning. For further information please see the description of each module in the module catalogue.

How to select and change your modules 

Find out more about how you will select your modules, receive your  module enrolment report and how to make changes to your module choices