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Visiting students: choosing your modules

Find out more about how the academic year and course modules work.


The academic year is split into three ten-week terms. You can study with us for one or two consecutive terms, or the whole year. Some modules run across more than one term, so you will need to check that the length of a module fits with your proposed study period.


Each term, you can take a minimum of 40 credits (20 ECTS) and a maximum of 60 credits (30 ECTS). You can study a maximum of 120 credits (60 ECTS) in each year.

Your home university will confirm how many credits you need.

Module levels

Most of our academic departments offer modules at a range of levels for visiting students. You can request to take different levels, providing you can demonstrate your ability to meet the demands of each module. To find out more about the level of ability that different modules require, contact the relevant department.

The module suffix shows the level:

  • Stage One – C
  • Stage Two – I
  • Stage Three – H
  • Masters - M

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Choosing your departments, level of study and study period

  • In most cases, undergraduate students may apply to study in up to three departments. Taught postgraduates can only apply to one department.
  • Students should have a university-level background in the subjects that they wish to study at York.
  • It is usual for a student coming from an academic system that has a four (or more) year bachelors degree programme to take modules in an earlier year at York than at their home university. For example, if you are studying in the third year at home, this will be equivalent to second year studies at York.
  • Please check that the level of the module and the term of study is appropriate to your study level and study period at York before considering a module. Masters level modules are not available to undergraduate students.
  • Due to timetable constraints, we can’t accommodate every combination of modules. When it comes to choosing modules, you're more likely to get your choice of modules if they are taught by the same department and at the same level of study.
  • We do not confirm registration on your choice of modules at the application stage. This will be done either in the vacation period before you start at York, or in the first supervisory meeting at the start of term. The Departmental information will say which of these applies to your department(s).
  • We can’t guarantee that all modules listed will be available in each academic year; nor can we guarantee admission to particular modules.

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+44 (0) 1904 322082