Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 6 120 (60) checkmark-circle


The Year Abroad involves delivery of taught content and assessment of student learning at an academic institution abroad. To achieve the subject specific and generic learning outcomes students are expected to undertake a full-time load (as defined by the host institution) during the academic year of approved study at one of the designated partner universities with which UoK has a Memorandum of Understanding that allows the transfer of ECTS academic credit.
Material studied will be relevant to the student's degree programme. It will be determined jointly by the student, the School, and the host institution and is subject to availability within agreements made between UoK and the host institution.
Students may elect to take courses to address areas of weakness or areas of special interest, especially where there are recognised to be particular strengths or unique emphases in teaching practices or content at the host institution compared with those in the student's UoK modules.


Contact hours

Learning and teaching methods are determined by the host institution. For all modules and associated assessment, students are expected to follow the arrangements and regulations in place at the university abroad.


In order to take the Year Abroad students must have successfully completed Stages 1 and 2 of their degree programme, with 120 credits per year and an overall achievement of 60% or better.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods are determined by the host institution. Students are expected to complete all assessments for modules taken. Year Abroad is awarded as Pass/Fail. Achieving passes in at least two-thirds of the credits taken as part of the full-time load will be regarded as sufficient for award of Pass of the period abroad. Such passes must be confirmed by the official transcript of the host institution. There will be no compensation, no condonement and no concessionary adjustment of marks awarded by the host institution.

Indicative reading

The reading lists will be provided by the host institution depending on the modules chosen.

However, students must read carefully all documents (handbooks, guidelines, course descriptions, local regulations etc.) provided by the Go Abroad and Erasmus Offices (UoK) and the host institution about the details of their year abroad and their programme of studies there.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will have:
Demonstrated ability to study and learn effectively at an international institution, adapting to the teaching and assessment methods to achieve a pass at a minimum.
Enhanced academic knowledge and skills through the study of bioscience-related and supplementary modules.
Gained an appreciation of teaching and learning at a university outside of the UK.
Gained experience and knowledge of the scientific working practices and culture of another country.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Study, learn, and communicate effectively within a different cultural setting.


The number of credits and the ECTS value which the module represents
120 credits (60 ECTS)


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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