As a visiting student at Royal Holloway, you can choose from a wide range of modules. And at the end of your stay, you can transfer the credits that you’ve earned back to your home university.
Before starting choosing your modules, it’s important you read the following information about modules, module levels and module selection.
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Module information for incoming Exchange and Study Abroad students
Module options that are available for visiting students in each academic department are displayed in the links below (to view these you will need a PDF viewer).
The Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS)
The School of Business and Management
The School of Engineering, Physical and
The School of Humanities
- English Literature
- Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures including Comparative Literature and Culture, French, German, Italian and Spanish
The School of Law and Social Sciences
The School of Life Sciences and the Environment
- Biological Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Geography including Globalisation and Development
- Psychology (Psychology Majors and Minors only)
The School of Performing & Digital Arts
Please note that all modules are subject to timetabling considerations and there may be changes in availability from year to year.
- Credits at Royal Holloway are known as modules. A module is a highly structured course which provides thematic consistency; defined content and contact hours; learning outcomes; and assessment procedures.
- Undergraduate modules are defined as either 15 or 30 credits depending on the intensity, duration, or content of the module. A 15 credit module comprises 150 learning hours, including lectures, seminars, and independent study, and a 30 credit module comprises 300 learning hours.
- Modules equate to credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and to US semester hours as follows:
- 15 credits = 7.5 ECTS = 4 US semester hours (approx.)
- 30 credits = 15 ECTS = 8 US semester hours (approx.)
- As a visiting student, you must enrol on a full-time basis and maintain full-time status throughout your stay. Full-time study at Royal Holloway consists of:
- Minimum 90 credits (45 ECTS) and a maximum of 120 credits (60 ECTS) if you are here for a full academic year.
- Minimum 45 credits (22.5 ECTS) and maximum 60 credits (30 ECTS) if you are here for Term 1, OR for Terms 2 & 3 only.
- Your home university may require you to take the maximum number of credits permitted (120 Credits for the full year, or 60 credits for term 1 or term 2 & 3 only. Please check with the international office, or relevant academic staff at your home university.
- Modules at Royal Holloway come in three different levels, depending on whether they are suitable for first, second or final-year students in the UK.
- Module codes starting with a 1 are first level, module codes starting with a 2 are second level, and module codes starting with a 3 are final-year level.
- Please be aware that UK students attend school for 13 years and specialise earlier than in many other countries. This means that a level 1 course is approximately equivalent to a 200 level module at an American university; a level 2 module is approximately equivalent to a 300 level module; and a level 3 module is approximately equivalent to a 400 level course.
- When you’re choosing your modules, bear in mind that:
- Level 1 modules are suitable if you have little or no previous knowledge of the subject.
- Level 2 modules are suitable if you have some previous knowledge of the subject and want to build on this.
- Level 3 modules are suitable if you have advanced knowledge of the subject and very strong academic performance. Due to the demanding requirements, we strongly discourage visiting students from taking more than one level 3 course per term.
- Some modules are more popular than others and we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get a place on all the modules you request. (Individual academic departments make the final decision.)
- For this reason, if you want to join us for a full year, you should choose modules that total at least 150 - 180 UK credits (75 - 90 ECTS). If you’re joining us for just one or two terms, you should choose modules that total 90 - 120 UK credits (45 - 60 ECTS).
- If you’re an Erasmus exchange student, you also need to be aware of the particular restrictions that you face when choosing modules. See Applying for Erasmus for more information.
Study plan check list
- Choose modules from a maximum of three departments. However, we recommend you choose modules from only one or two departments (to minimise timetable clashes).
- List your choices by their module code in your order of preference.
- Only select modules that run during the appropriate term. For example, if you are only staying for Term 1, you can select Autumn term modules (which may include a V code which indicates an alternative assessment in December). You can’t choose modules that run in the Spring or Summer terms.
- Make sure you are choosing modules that are appropriate to your study level.
- If you apply for a module that is full or unsuitable, we will ask you to choose another from the list, or we will offer a suitable alternative.