Short-term study

Choosing modules

The modules taught at Kent can all be found within our online module catalogue. Consulting the catalogue allows you to plan your studies and choose modules that are suitable for your academic experience and interests. The following steps give you a guide on how to use the catalogue to search for the modules that suit you the best.

Step 1: your programme requirements

Check the programme page for your chosen programme and read about the requirements. Make a note of how many credits you need to choose from each term and whether these should be chosen from Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 modules.

Please take note of the following:

  • A small number of modules are not available to short-term students. 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.
  • Law modules are only available to students studying at institutions with whom we have a direct Law exchange

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Step 2: searching the module catalogue

Using Kent’s online module catalogue you can search for undergraduate modules. To access all the information you need about any module, simply click on its title in the list. This gives you the module entry (see the Example module tab).

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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. You should also consider whether the module is at the right level.

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

Examinations take place during the Summer Term at Kent. However, if you are coming to Kent for the Fall Semester only, and wish to choose a module that includes an examination, it may be possible for Kent to arrange an alternative form of assessment. Please note: this is not available for Spring Semester only students. Please contact us for details.

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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. There is no ‘drop-add’ period at Kent, so it is not possible to switch modules once your studies have begun.

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.

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Academic subject areas

Within the humanities, social sciences and sciences, Kent offers a wide range of academic subjects which are listed below, with their relevant subject codes.


  • Architecture (AR)
  • Classical & Archaeological Studies (CL)
  • Comparative Literary Studies (CP)
  • Drama (DR)
  • English and American Literature (EN)
  • English, American and Postcolonial Literatures (EN)
  • English Language and Linguistics (LL)
  • Film Studies (FI)
  • French (FR)
  • German (GE)
  • Hispanic Studies (GS)
  • History (HI)
  • History & Philosophy of Art (HA)
  • Philosophy (PL)
  • Religious Studies (TH)

Social Sciences

  • Accounting & Finance (AC)
  • Anthropology and Conservation (SE)
  • Business (CB)
  • Economics (EC)
  • Law (LW)
  • Politics and International Relations (PO)
  • Psychology (SP)
  • Social Policy (SA)
  • Sociology (SO)


  • Biosciences (BI)
  • Computing (CO)
  • Engineering and Digital Arts (EL)
  • Forensic Science (PS)
  • Chemistry (PS)
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (AH)
  • Physics (PH)
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Example module


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Last Updated: 12/02/2019