Understanding Your Degree

First, some explanations and technical terms

This will likely be your first degree. We call it an UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE. Some degrees are called GENERAL degrees – you choose which subjects and modules you will study. Other degrees are more STRUCTURED and most of what you will study is already selected for you. A list of general and structured degrees that are offered in the College of Humanities can be found here.

Each degree should have at least TWO MAJOR SUBJECTS. A SUBJECT (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Drama and Performance Studies) consists of related course material that may be spread over several modules at one or more levels of study. A MAJOR SUBJECT is usually studied from first-year through to third-year level. Each major subject in a general degree will make up about one third of the curriculum for the degree as a whole. You may not select more than one major from another College.

A MODULE is any separate course of study for which you obtain credits when you successfully complete the module. Some modules have a PREREQUISITE module. A prerequisite module is a module that has to be passed with at least the minimum mark in order to study some other specified module.

Likewise, an ANCILLARY module is a module that is required as a corequisite or prerequisite to a proposed module. All such modules must have been passed before the relevant qualification may be awarded. Please refer to the College of Humanities Handbook for a comprehensive list of definition of terms.

Very Important

All students are expected to know the general rules of conduct of the University and the academic rules of the particular degree that s/he is registered for. You will find the latest information in the Rules for Students (PDF) and the College of Humanities Handbook.

This guide does not replace the College Handbook.