Elective Modules in UCD
Elective Modules explained
- Most undergraduate degree students can take Elective modules.
- As well as your Core and Option modules you can also study Elective modules that either deepen your knowledge in your chosen programme (In-Programme Electives) or allow you to explore subjects outside of your area of study (General Electives).
- In-Programme Electives are intended to deepen your knowledge by focusing on modules within your core degree area.
- General Electives give you the chance to study modules from outside your programme area. Always read the information about a module to see if you will be interested in it and if you meet the module requirements. The Module Spotlight gives you a list of interesting General Elective modules that have places available.
- You can also choose to take Structured Electives. This means taking your Elective credits in a structured manner over the course of your programme to form a recognised block of learning in a subject area amounting to a minimum of 15 credits – typically three 5 credit modules. There are a range of Structured Electives available from Languages to Statistics so make sure you explore the available choices before making your decision.
- Discovery modules are an exciting new addition to the range of Elective modules on offer. Each module is taught by more than one school and is designed to deepen students’ understanding of different disciplinary perspectives on topics of significant importance. The content of the modules includes cutting-edge research and all relate to an issue of historical or current global significance. Read more about Discovery modules in UCD.
- Note: If you are a student in Stage 1 Arts or Stages 1 and 2 of Science you can (but don't have to) take your Elective credits as part of your Core/Options rather than taking Electives.
- Watch the Choosing your Elective modules in UCD video.
Searching for and Choosing Elective modules
- When Online Registration opens for you (your Start Time), you can register to your Electives by going to the Electives page of Online Registration.
- Most students can choose up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.
When registering, have a look at the Credit Information box on the right hand side of the module registration pages to see how many credits, including how many Elective credits, you need to have.
- To search for an In-Programme Elective simply click on Search and the relevant modules will be displayed on screen.
- To search for General Electives go to the Show Modules for section and select the All option. Then select your criteria (e.g. Category, Subject) and click on Search.
- You can also search for electives by Subject, School, Keyword Search or Timeslot Search.
- To start a new elective search you must click on Clear Search before entering your new search information.
- Read the module information by clicking on the module title (highlighted in blue). Make sure you read all the information about the module to make sure it's the right Elective module for you. Always read the information in Am I eligible to take this module? before making your decision.
- An In-Programme Elective may also be available to you as an Option module. If you choose the module as an In-Programme Elective (on the Electives page) that module will appear on both the Option page and the Electives page. Make sure you have all your Option modules before you choose your electives.
- For full instructions take a look at the step by step guide to online registration.
Registering to Elective Modules
- Read the module information and if you want to choose it, simply click Register. Your choices will be recorded in the Electives Modules section of the Electives page.
- In most cases, In-Programme Elective registration will be confirmed immediately. If you meet the requirements, there are places available and it fits in with your timetable then you have a place on the module and you will see Confirmed appear as the module status on the Electives page.
- If you see Provisional beside a General Elective choice it means that places for that module will be randomly allocated on 8/9 September. Please note that prior to random allocation confirmed places are available on In-Programme Electives only. Electives that are Provisional do not add up in the Credit Information box on the right hand side of the Electives page.
- Check your UCD Connect email for daily status updates on the General Electives that you have chosen. Check your UCD Connect email on 9 September to see if you were successful in getting a place in your General Elective modules. If you get a place, the status will change to Confirmed and your credits will accumulate.
- If you are repeating a programme with an undeclared major, e.g. Arts or Engineering Omnibus, you will be able to select modules that you may wish to study for your next stage on the Electives page.
- If you want an In-Programme Elective that is full you may still have a chance at getting the module as a General Elective.
Remember that places in General Elective modules will be randomly allocated on 8/9 September so you will not know if they are full or not until after that.
- Sometimes there is more than one offering of a module. If you don't get a place in one time slot you may be able to get a place in another one once module registration opens again after allocation.
- You will find that places become available on many Option and Elective modules as other students change their minds about what modules they want to study.
- Schools may, where appropriate, create and release additional places on certain modules so keep an eye on Module Places for details.
- Here are some tips on choosing your Elective modules in UCD.