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This online guide contains information on free-standing modules available for selection by first year undergraduate students. As a full-time student at Cardiff you will normally take modules to the value of 120 credits in each year of your chosen programme. Within these 120 credits, your programme may provide you with the opportunity to take free-standing modules from the subject areas below. A list of the programmes which offer this choice is given in Appendix 1.

Subject Areas

Archaeology Modules
Chemistry Modules
English, Communication & Philosophy Modules
History Modules
Lifelong Learning Computing Modules Lifelong Learning Humanities Modules
Lifelong Learning Law, Politics, International Relations and Business Modules
Lifelong Learning Science and Environment Modules
Lifelong Learning Social Studies Modules
Mathematics Modules
Physics and Astronomy Modules
Religious Studies Modules
Welsh Modules
Welsh Modules/Modiwlau Cymraeg a Chymreig

Important Information you should read


Modules are courses of study which are offered on a free-standing basis in one of the following ways:

A single module

A module worth ten credits normally taught within a single semester, representing one sixth of the semester's workload.

A double module (Autumn & Spring Semester)

A module worth twenty credits taught over both the Autumn and Spring semesters, representing a sixth of the workload for the whole academic year.

A double module: either Autumn Semester or Spring Semester

A module worth twenty credits taught within a single semester, representing a third of the semester's workload.

Free-standing Modules

One of the major benefits to students who are pursuing a modular programme of study is the added opportunity to choose modules from outside their own degree programmes. Free-standing modules allow this to happen and you may wish to opt for them for a variety of reasons:

  • for personal interest;
  • in order to gain knowledge and skills in another subject area related to your own discipline, perhaps lending a different perspective to your main studies;
  • in order to widen the range of your personal skills and knowledge and so improve your career prospects.

All the modules listed in this catalogue are free-standing. You should note, however, that entry onto some free-standing modules is subject to certain conditions.

Selecting Free-Standing Modules

  • At the bottom of this document there is a list (Appendix 1) of those degree programmes which permit students to take free-standing modules as part of their programme of study. To avoid disappointment, please check carefully to ensure that the programme (and the relevant year of study) on which you are registered is included on the list before you start to consider which free-standing module(s) to choose.
  • You also need to check the level of choice permitted before selecting modules from this catalogue. It may help to ask yourself the following questions:
  • "Can I study any free-standing module?"
  • " How many free-standing modules may I choose?"
  • "Is the module of my choice available in the right semester ?"
  • Look carefully through the individual entries in this catalogue and identify the modules which you may wish to study.
  • Ensure that you satisfy any of the specified prerequisites. For example, some free-standing modules require students to have certain background knowledge or skills, while a few others specify that students must have pursued or passed another module.
  • Contact the member of academic staff or the school office named if you would like more information on the module.

You are advised that any free-standing module chosen must fit into the teaching timetable of the other modules you are studying.

Signing up for Free-standing Modules

The final step in the process is signing up for the module of your choice through the module selection process. Before selecting a module on-line you should contact the academic school(s) responsible for the module(s) that you wish to study. The school will provide you with more detailed information and advice on the availability and suitability of the module. You should then select the module from the list of free-standing modules as part of your module selection.

Availability of Modules

All students are notified that the modules advertised or referred to in this catalogue are liable to be changed or withdrawn, both before and after selection. Cardiff University accepts no responsibility for any such change or withdrawals of modules and students select modules at their own risk.

Definitions of Terms

As you read through the catalogue, you may come across a number of terms which are new to you. The following definitions may help you.

Credit: The value of a unit of study where each single module shall normally have a value of ten credits.

Precursor Module: A module, the study hours of which a student shall be required to have completed in order to proceed to a subsequent specified module or modules, but for which credit may not necessarily have been awarded.

Prerequisite Module: A module in which a student shall be required to have received credit in order to proceed to a subsequent specified module or modules.

Programme of Study: A schedule of approved modules leading to a designated award.


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