Modules offered to incoming students

The University of Plymouth accepts students for either the whole academic year or for one semester through our Bilateral agreements and ISEP. We also accept self-funding students, known as Freemovers, who wish to study at the University of Plymouth for one or two semesters outside of any agreement.

Choosing your modules

Part of your exchange journey is selecting the modules you wish to participate in on your chosen subject of study. Incoming students make an initial choice of modules on their application form, but please note that module choices are not confirmed until students arrive at the University of Plymouth. As an exchange student you are sometimes able to choose modules across stages and set programmes and therefore there is a possibility of timetable clashes. In cases of clashes, over subscription or cancellation of modules, students may not be able to study all of their first choice modules. In this case we advise that you have several reserve modules in mind and you will have an opportunity to speak to our module leaders during the first week.

Module levels

The work involved in a module becomes more specialised with higher level modules. Be aware of this before you select your modules on your application form. Year one modules are often introductory and are best suited to students without a background in the subject. Year two modules deal with the subject in much greater detail and should be appropriate for students in their second or third year of higher education. Specific prerequisites could sometimes be a condition for enrolment on these modules. Year three modules usually require extensive background knowledge before the module begins and therefore should only be taken by students with the prerequisite knowledge.

Please be aware that:
  • your module choices must be approved by your own study abroad advisors and professors, and by the relevant Academic Exchange Coordinator in Plymouth whose contact details are listed on the module pages.
  • you have a much better chance of being able to do the modules of your choice if you choose modules from a single course and at the same level.
  • our normal full-time workload is 120 credits (60 ECTS) per year, 60 credits (30 ECTS) per semester. This usually means choosing three, 20-credit modules per semester. Some modules carry greater or fewer credits requiring you to adjust your choices to get at a full-time workload. Any additional credits to full-time workload are subject to our 10 credit tuition fee rate. 
  • we update our offer of modules for exchange students before each application round.
  • we cannot guarantee that this year’s modules will run next year or if they do, that they will run in the same semester as this year. Timetables are published by semester, in August (Semester 1: September-January) and September (Semester 2: January-May).
  • module choices are confirmed after your arrival.

Module listings

Below you will find links to a page for each of the faculties within the University of Plymouth and links to your subject area. Please make your choice based on these lists of relevant modules and any additional information.

If you want to come and have a chat please email us to make an appointment.

Appointments are generally available Monday to Friday between 10.00–11.30 and 14.00–15.30 on a pre-arranged basis.