How to choose your modules

You can select modules from different levels (years) and combine modules from different subjects to construct your study programme.

Choosing your modules

Modules are listed by subject area, although some changes may be made to module form or content.

You need to list your modules in order of preference and include alternative modules, as places may be limited.

We recommend you don't take too many modules with a type of assessment that you may find difficult or stressful, and you should talk to your academic adviser at your home university before you apply.

They can help you decide which modules to take and how your Sussex study abroad programme schedule will affect the modules you chose.

If the mode of assessment says 'observation,' the module will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. You will not receive a grade for the module. 

Year of study level

Most study abroad students take level 5 (second-year) modules but if you have a strong background in a subject, you can take level 6 (third-year) modules. However, some modules have prerequisites (included in the module description).

You may be able to choose level 4 (first-year) modules if you want to take an introductory module in a subject you've not studied before.

US and European equivalent levels

Level 4 modules roughly correspond to the US sophomore or European second year, and level 5 and 6 modules to American junior and senior levels.

Some level 6 modules are very specialised and would normally be taken in graduate school at a US university. We therefore expect you to take mainly level 5 modules.

We will contact you about your modules before you arrive. Search for modules.

Credits for modules

You can take any combination of modules for which you are academically qualified, including a mix of arts, humanities, social sciences, science and technology modules. The total number of credits you should take are:

  • full year: 120 credits
  • autumn or spring term: 60 credits

Credit conversions

See how University of Sussex credit values convert into the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and US Semester Hours, although this varies between US universities.

SussexECTSUS
120 60 30
60 30 15
30 15 8
15 7.5 4
6 3 1.5

Note: this guide serves as the ECTS Information Package

The module topic information in this guide is subject to change. Some module combinations may not be possible because of timetable constraints (including combinations of modules from different levels of the same Sussex degree subject).