Step outside your degree programme and expand your knowledge with elective modules.
Studying modules from other departments lets you broaden your knowledge, make unique academic connections and boost your employability.
Many of our courses give you the option to take interdisciplinary modules or languages modules. You’ll need to check with your department to find out what’s available to you.
York Interdisciplinary Modules
York Interdisciplinary Modules offer you the opportunity to develop key skills across different disciplines. You'll be taught by academics from different departments and work in groups with students from across the University.
For example, solutions to environmental and societal challenges can only be found by working across disciplines. As such, York Interdisciplinary Modules give students the opportunity to work on pressing local and global challenges from a range of perspectives. Examples include:
- The Sustainability Clinic
- Climate Crisis Action Lab
- Future of Food
York Language Electives
Learning a language can broaden your horizons and deepen your knowledge of different cultures. In a globalised and interconnected world, it can give you a competitive edge.
You can choose from a wide range of languages to study, at levels from beginner to advanced. Options are likely to include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Modern Greek, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
Why take a York Language Elective?
- Learn a new language from scratch, or build your existing skills.
- Build the confidence to interact in a multilingual and multicultural setting, which may help you to prepare for a study abroad opportunity.
- Deepen your cultural knowledge associated with a particular language, and broaden your view of the world.
- Give yourself a competitive edge and boost your employability.
I'm taking Japanese as an elective module. It’s really refreshing to learn something completely different to my degree, and another great way to make friends.
Mollie, MBiomedSci Biomedical Science