Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module.

Discovery Themes fair 

A Discovery Themes fair will be taking place on Thursday 4th May 2017 (11am - 2pm) in Parkinson Court, within the Parkinson Building, for returning undergraduate students. This is a great opportunity to get information and advice on the discovery modules you are considering enrolling upon.

A second Discovery Themes fair will be held in September (date and location to be confirmed) for new and returning undergraduate students.

Discovery modules

Your programme of study will be made up of different modules: compulsory, optional and discovery modules. All discovery modules sit within the University’s 10 Discovery Themes and give you the opportunity to broaden your academic experience and enhance your employability. You can choose to take a discovery module which develops a specific skill (eg a language) or which allows you to pursue a personal interest (eg sustainability). 

Discovery Themes

All of the discovery modules fit into at least one of the University’s 10 Discovery Themes:

  • Creating Sustainable Futures

  • Enterprise and Innovation

  • Ethics, Religion and Law

  • Exploring the Sciences

  • Language and Intercultural Understanding

  • Media, Culture and Creativity

  • Mind and Body

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Power and Conflict

  • Technology and its Impacts.

The Discovery Themes are designed to give you the opportunity to step outside your main programme of study to develop new skills and understanding. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Skills discovery modules

Skills discovery modules are designed to develop specific skills. They can be taken in any year of the student's programme. Year 1 skills discovery modules are the only year 1 modules which can be taken beyond the second programme year. A maximum of 20 credits, subject to the provisions of the programme of study concerned, may be taken in the final programme year. Skills discovery modules are always single-weighted in the classification algorithm. Skills discovery modules can be at year1, year 2 and exceptionally year 3.

Choosing your discovery modules

Every year you need to pass 100 or 120 credits to be able to progress to the next year of your programme. To be able to graduate at the end, you need to pass the number of credits at each level as specified in the Rules for Award. The exact number of modular credits you need can be found in the programme catalogue.

The Broadening section in Leeds for Life provides information and guidance about what discovery modules are available. You can explore the 10 Discovery Themes and make a shortlist in ‘My discovery modules’ which you can then refer to during online module enrolment.

The discovery modules you choose will need to comply with the regulations of your programme of study and fit into your timetable alongside any compulsory and optional modules you’re taking. Usually first year students take year 1 discovery modules and second year students take year 2 modules. Your parent school will have the final approval of your choices.

Some modules will have entry requirements, for example a particular A Level qualification, and numbers are limited on some modules.

Does everyone choose discovery modules?

Nearly all arts and social sciences programmes require first year students to take discovery modules. Other programmes are more varied - please check with your school. Engineering and health-related students will not normally study discovery modules in their first year.

How do I enrol onto discovery modules?

You can register your choices on the Portal by the relevant enrolment dates. Your personal tutor will be able to help with any queries you have about choosing discovery modules.

Academic advice and guidance

If your course allows you to choose optional or discovery modules, the Discovery Themes Fair will take place each September. The event gives you with the opportunity to get academic guidance from members of staff in schools.

While most schools attend the fair, if the School you want to speak to is not represented, you should visit the school directly. If you've been unable to complete the module selection process, there will be advice available at the Fair. Don’t forget to take your timetable with you to check that the discovery modules you want to choose don't clash with your other modules.