Choosing your modules

Step 1: your programme requirements

Check the programme page for your chosen programme and read about the requirements. 

We recommend focusing on just one or two subjects, rather than several, to reduce the risk of timetable clashes.

Module level

  • Level 4 modules are offered at Stage 1, the first year of the undergraduate degree. These modules are often a good way to explore a new area of study.
  • Level 5 modules are at a higher level than certificate modules and are usually offered at Stages 2 and 3.
  • Level 6 are usually offered at Stage 3, the final year of the degree. They can allow you to specialise in an area of particular interest. For these modules, you are advised to have a good background knowledge and understanding of the academic subject.

  We recommend that students on undergraduate exchanges choose modules primarily from one level.    

  • Level 7 or 8 modules are postgraduate modules.  If you are coming to Kent on a postgraduate (Masters) exchange you should chose Level 7/8 modules.


Examinations take place during the Summer Term at Kent. However, if your study period at Kent will finish in December or April , and you wish to choose a module that includes an examination, it may be possible for Kent to arrange an alternative form of assessment. Please contact us for details.  


It is preferable to select modules so you will be based at one campus location, either Canterbury or Medway. This reduces the risk of timetable problems due to the journey time. (The campus shuttle journey is usually 50 minutes.) If you are required to take modules that involve a spilt site, please contact us for advice prior to application.  

Thesis research

Please note that we do not accept undergraduate students for thesis research. Students would take 60 credits (30 ECTS) of modules each term, but could do their own research as an extra-curricular activity. 

Step 2: searching the module catalogue

Using Kent’s online module catalogue you can search for modules. Here you can view details such as pre-requisites, contact hours and method of assessment, simply click on its title in the list.

Step 3: studying for a module

The overview will detail what you study within each module. Please read this part carefully to make sure that it covers topics that you are likely to find interesting and that are the right level.

Some modules also have pre-requisites. If you choose one of these modules, you will need to show equivalent experience to those listed within the pre-requisite modules.

Please take note of the following restrictions:

  • Psychology: exchange students can choose modules from Levels 4 and/or 6. Level modules are closed to exchange students because they are core modules for the degree. 
  • Law: these modules are only available to students studying at institutions with whom we have a direct Law exchange.
  • Natural Sciences: Level 4 modules in Biosciences/Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Physics/Astrophysics/Astronomy: you will need to have previously studied a relevant Science subject in order to take one of these modules. Although a pre-requisite may not be listed on the module catalogue, first year students taking these degrees will have studied Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics at school, so a certain level of knowledge is assumed. 

A small number of modules are not available to short-term students at all, for example Social Work modules. If it is essential that you take a particular module in order to attend Kent, you may wish to check this with us prior to application.  

Step 4: selecting your provisional modules

When you make an application, you are asked to fill in a provisional module registration form (see How to apply), indicating your preferred modules. It is important to choose your modules carefully. 

Before sending us this form, please ensure you have chosen enough credits for your programme. Once you have filled in your first choice of modules, you need to choose alternative modules for each term that you are studying at Kent.

Please bear in mind that all modules are subject to the approval of the academic school and teaching timetables. If there are any difficulties with your choice of modules, the International Partnerships team will help you choose suitable alternatives.

If you are intending to transfer the academic credits you earn (see Academic credits), please check your module selections with your home university.

There is no ‘add-drop’ period at Kent, so it is not possible to switch modules once your studies have begun, except when there is an unfixable timetable clash.

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