Choosing or changing modules
Choosing optional modules
Before beginning the first year, you may be expected to select option modules depending
on your programme of study. There are lists that show which modules are available as options
on different courses. You will be able to see from the module enrolment system
(eNROL - online module enrolment system) how many modules will need to be chosen, and which list to
choose them from. Some modules will be marked as compulsory.
You can only choose modules from the list specified on the drop-down list in
eNROL. When selecting modules you should bear in mind:
- although you have been admitted to the University to follow a specific course, it is usually
possible to change this choice at the end of the first year. You are advised to choose your
optional modules in such a way that you will have the widest possible choice of courses at the end
of your first year. Our experience is that many students change their course at the end of the first
year for a wide range of reasons.
- many modules do not lead either to a single honours or to a joint course. You should therefore
take care in choosing your optional modules to consider the range of courses which will be open to
you at the end of the first year
- please note that enrolment on optional modules will be subject to timetable constraints. If you
wish to enrol on a module that clashes with a compulsory or another option module(s), you must choose
an alternative module
Humanities and Social Sciences optional modules
The optional modules which are available are grouped together into lists for Humanities and Social Sciences:
- Social Sciences options
are for courses in Essex Business School, Economics, Government, Language and Linguistics, Psychoanalytic
Studies and Sociology.
- Humanities options
are for courses in Art History, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Literature, Film, and Theatre
Studies (LiFTS), Law, Philosophy, Psychoanalytic Studies, American Studies, European Studies, and
Latin American Studies.
For further advice on selecting modules, please contact your department.
Changing modules at the start of the academic year
You will already have made an initial choice of modules. If you are in any doubt as
to whether you have made the right choice, try to talk it over with your Advisor or Course
Supervisor(s). It is usually possible to change modules up to the end of the second week
of the Autumn Term. If you are not sure which modules to take you could attend lectures
for several different modules before making your final choice. If you do decide to change,
this is what you have to do within the first two weeks of the Autumn Term which is by
4pm on Friday 21 October 2016:
- if you are following a programme of study use the personalised online enrolment
service, called eNROL. Exchange and non-degree students should
visit the office which organises their study arrangements
- eNROL is available on and off campus and will enable you to make changes to your
- changes requested in eNROL are reviewed by the relevant academic departments and
you will receive email messages to your Essex account to confirm that the changes have
- when the changes have been reviewed, you will see an updated enrolment record both
in eNROL and in the MyStudy channel of MyEssex
- once eNROL has closed, at the end of the second week of term, you must discuss any
changes in person with the relevant teaching and administrative staff in your department
as late changes are not normally accepted. In particular, you cannot drop an Autumn Term
module and replace it with a Spring Term module.
Changing modules at the start of the Spring Term
eNROL will be opened for the first two weeks of the Spring Term to enable you
to make changes to modules for SP (Spring) term or PS (Spring/Summer) terms. You
will only be able to change these modules. You cannot drop an Autumn Term module
at this time and replace it with a Spring Term module(s). They must be changed by
the end of the second week of teaching. All changes to your module enrolment must
also be processed by this date.
Changes after this date are not guaranteed because you will have missed two weeks
of tuition. If, when you go to eNROL, you find that any of your modules for AU (Autumn)
or FY (Full Year) are incorrect, please notify the Student Progress Team immediately on
Confirmation of course enrolment
Your choice of modules will be checked in the Spring Term before the Examination
timetable is created.