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. Please look at our module catalogue and search by “incoming study abroad”. We would advise you to discuss your choices with your home university before you apply.

Some schools have specific module guidance for study abroad applicants.

Many incoming Study Abroad and exchange students choose to study discovery modules, which give you the opportunity to study something away from your main subject area. They follow 10 specific themes that cover the variety of academic areas available to students at Leeds. Discovery modules a labelled ‘d’ in the module catalogue. Skills discovery modules are undergraduate modules which develop specific key skills and which you can take as discovery modules. They are labelled in the module catalogue as ‘skd’.

Choosing your modules

There is a lot of competition for places on modules at Leeds, particularly in Business, Communications Studies, English, Politics, History, Law, Sociology & Social Policy and the Foreign Language Teaching Unit.  If you want to study in these schools, it is particularly important that you submit your application as early as possible before the deadline.

All students applying for September start will be using the previous year's module catalogue to select modules, so you need to be aware that some modules you select may not be running the following year when you will study at Leeds.

If you need to make changes, or add additional modules then you will be able to do this after you receive your module enrolment report. The report is a document which will be emailed to you from June onwards, if you are starting in September, or about four weeks after you have been accepted if you are starting in January.

Choose the right level

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.

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.

Some schools offer taught postgraduate level modules to Study Abroad students. However there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to take postgraduate modules (level 5) even if you are currently studying at postgraduate level. Please look at our Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue to find a list of modules available for incoming Study Abroad students. The following do not accept applications for postgraduate modules under any circumstances: Leeds University Business School, Colour Chemistry, Design, English, Medical Physics, Politics and International Studies. You can apply for postgraduate modules in the School of Law if you have studied Law at your home institution for at least 3 years and you meet the higher English language requirements for the School of Law.

Civil Engineering (CIVE) and Electronic and Electrical Engineering (ELEC) allow Study Abroad students to apply for modules that form part of a 4-year undergraduate MEng degree. These modules are listed as postgraduate modules and are listed in the Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue and are labelled with the ISA flag.

Choose the right semester

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&2 – this module runs from September to June (this will show as Semester 3 on the application form)
  • 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&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)
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (ELEC)
  • Geography (GEOG)
  • Healthcare (HECS)
  • Languages Cultures and Societies (ARAB, FREN, GERM, ITAL, SPPO)
  • Law (LAW)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MECH & PDES) 

Module credits

A full-time workload at Leeds is 60 credits per semester. You should apply for more modules than you need (we recommend 80 to 100 credits per semester), in case some of your choices are already full.

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

Erasmus+ students

If you are an Erasmus+ applicant, you will be applying to Leeds through a particular subject area. In general, we will expect you to select at least 50% of your credits (30 Leeds credits per semester) from the school that owns the Erasmus+ link with your home university.

English language modules

Our English Language Unit offers two modules each semester, to help you to improve your level of English. Depending on your current level of English, you can apply for English for Communication (ELU1002/3) or English for Academic Study (ELU2002/3). View our guidance on English Common European Framework competency levels