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. If you have questions about particular modules, please contact the study abroad coordinator for the school teaching the module.

Some schools have specific module guidance for study abroad applicants.

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.

Students applying for September start may be using the previous year's module catalogue to select modules, so you need to be aware that some modules you select on your application 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 which lists the modules you have been enrolled in or rejected from and those which are still pending a decision. This 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.

Erasmus+ applicants should send learning agreements to the study abroad coordinator for your parent school in Leeds once your modules are finalised. Your parent school will be stated on your acceptance email and module enrolment report.

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 look at 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&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&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)
  • Languages (ARAB, FREN, GERM, ITAL, SPPO)
  • Law (LAW)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MECH) 

Number of modules to select

A full-time workload at Leeds is 60 credits per semester. You should apply for 60-100 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

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).