Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you may be able to choose something different to your main subject as a Discovery Module.

Most undergraduate programmes of study will be made up of different modules: compulsory, optional and discovery modules. Discovery Modules 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 (e.g. a language) or which allows you to pursue a personal interest (e.g. sustainability).

Discovery Themes

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

The Discovery Themes are designed to give you the opportunity to step outside your main programme of study. 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 and are labelled with an 'skd' in the module catalogue. 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 year 1, year 2 and exceptionally year 3.

Choosing your discovery modules

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

Usually first year students take year 1 discovery modules and second year students take year 2 modules. 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.

Your parent school will have the final approval of your choices - contact them for guidance. 

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 in Minerva 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

For general guidance relating to discovery modules contact your parent school. For information relating to a specific discovery module, contact the teaching school for the module concerned.