Stage 2 Subject Selection

 

Students select their subjects and modules in August (dates TBC). 

For planning purposes, we ask Stage 1 students to complete a survey.  This will give Schools an indication of numbers for 2020-2021 but please note, you are not bound by the information you provide in this survey and the survey is not used for registration purposes.

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Based on queries received from students in previous years, a number of key points on Stage 2 Subject Selection are listed below for your information:

 

1) Subject Selection and module registration will be available to students in SISweb in August (dates TBC). When you log on to your SIS account during that week, all subjects that you are qualified to take in Stage 2 will be available for you to choose. So, for example, even if you are a BBB student you can use this opportunity to pick a subject from the CCS stream if that is what you want to do.

 

2) When you select your preferred subjects, you will be automatically enrolled to most of the core modules for that subject.  You will also choose any remaining optional, programme core or elective modules. Prior to subject selection we recommend that you check the programme structure of your chosen Stage 2 subjects available on the Course Search facility. The 2020-21 programme structure will be available in early August.

 

3) Students entering Stage 2 Science must choose a minimum of two subjects. If both subjects are Pharmacology and Neuroscience, students must choose an additional subject.

 

Students entering stage 2 science must select a minimum of two subjects*. If both subjects are Pharmacology and Neuroscience, students must choose an additional subject.

 

*Geology may be selected as a single subject for Stage 2 but students are strongly advised to register to a second subject to ensure that they maintain options for Stage 3.  Students who select Geology only are still required to select at least 50 credits from programme modules within science (core and option modules) and students may take 10 credits of elective modules to fulfil their Stage 2 credit requirement.

 

All subjects for which you have met the core requirements in Stage 1 will be available for you to study in Stage 2. In addition, stage 2 subject selection is not competitive for students who have progressed to Stage 2.

You may not have attempted one of the modules required for the subject in Stage 1.  If you were in a repeat attempt at Stage 1, or had transferred from another degree at some point, you may have different modules in your academic history. If a subject that you want to select doesn’t appear for you then please contact the Science Programme office using our Contact Form.

Yes. As long as you have met the core requirements in Stage 1 for these subjects, and subject combinations are compatible, you can choose subjects across different streams.

Module registration will normally remain open for the first two weeks of the trimester. If you wish to make changes to your subjects after online registration closes you will need to request the change by filling in the Stage 2 Change of Subject form

No. There are a number of modules that are common to more than one subject area. You may find, when you choose your subjects that the options for some subject areas have been pre-selected if the modules are core for other areas. You are required to register to a minimum of 50 credits from programme modules (cores/options) in Stage 2. You also have the option of taking 10 credits from elective modules. 

Yes. There are a number of subjects that cannot be timetabled together, and there are some subject combinations (e.g. Theoretical Physics and Neuroscience) that would require a workload that is greater than 60 credits.

Every effort has been made to ensure that students can combine a broad choice across all subject areas in second year (Stage 2) but certain combinations of subjects may not be feasible in the timetable. These incompatible combinations are not often sought by students and may be encountered, in limited cases, when students attempt to combine particularly diverse subject areas across the BBB, CCS and MPG groups. In a small number of cases, students may not be able to combine subjects from within one of the BBB, CCS or MPG groups of subjects.  These cases are listed below:

Incompatible Combinations within the ‘BBB’ group of subjects

Subject

Is incompatible with

Physiology

Plant Biology

Incompatible Combinations within the ‘MPG’ group of subjects

Subject

Is incompatible with

Statistics

Theoretical Physics

Theoretical Physics         

Statistics

There are no incompatible combinations within the ‘CCS’ group of subjects

If your choice of subjects brings your credit total above 60 (i.e. above 12 modules) then you may also encounter difficulties. There is a great deal of overlap in the modules required for many subjects. It is usually only the selection of a large number of subjects or of an unusually diverse combination of subjects that would result in a credit load above 60 credits.

NOTE: Students who select Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Stage 2 are required to complete 9 core modules. If you have not selected CHEM20080 in Stage 1, you are required to register to this module in Stage 2. This will mean that your subject choices may be limited to CCS subjects. You may also meet the requirements for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Pharmacology through the combination of modules in this subject stream. 

In choosing Biology and Mathematics Education (A) you are also fulfilling the requirements for the subjects of Environmental Biology and Plant Biology. You have the potential to fulfil the requirements for Zoology with the addition of another module, and similarly for Genetics. In choosing Biology and Mathematics Education (B) you are also fulfilling the requirements for either Biochemistry & Molecular Biology or Microbiology (or both, depending on your choice of modules). You have the potential to fulfil the requirements for Pharmacology with the addition of another module, and similarly for Genetics.

Selecting either (A) or (B), and taking the required modules, will mean you are eligible for Biology and Mathematics Education in Stage 3.