Information about Choosing Your Modules in the School of English and Drama

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Introduction

In the School of English and Drama we want to make the process of choosing what you study next year as straightforward and clear as possible. There are three main parts to the process:

1. READ THE MODULE DIRECTORY and discuss the modules you'd like to take next year with your Advisor;

2. visit the ONLINE MODULE FAIRS on Wednesday 23 February;

3. COMPLETE YOUR MODULE PREFERENCES FORM (MPF) and submit it online by 13 March 2022.

 

While we work hard to allocate you to the modules you most want to take, it is not always possible to do so for all students. The most popular modules may be oversubscribed, meaning that not all students are able to take them. The Module Preferences Form (MPF) allows you to identify a range of modules you’d like to take, and to submit your "ideal" and "reserve" preferences. Wherever possible, we assign you to the modules you list as "ideal" preferences.

 

Queen Mary centrally timetables all taught modules across the University. The timetable will only be generated after students' module registrations have been confirmed by academic Schools. In cases of timetable clashes, we may need to revise your module registrations at that stage (the School of English and Drama will contact you by email if that is the case).

 

The School of English and Drama does not open the MySIS module registration task for students on its programmes. (Once we have allocated you to your modules, we will register you on them directly in MySIS.) Students taking joint programmes with other Schools must follow the joint School's instructions for selecting those modules run by History/SLLF.

 

Use these web-pages to find out how to:

 

If you need additional help at any stage during the process of choosing your modules for 2022/23 get in touch with any one of the following:

  • your Advisor(s)
  • the Administrative Team at sed-information@qmul.ac.uk
  • administrative or academic staff members in your other School (if you’re a joint honours student)

Choosing your Modules in the School of English and Drama

This page outlines how to choose your modules for next year in the School of English and Drama.

 

  1. From Monday 21 February read the online Module Directory for 2022/23 to find out more about the modules we plan to offer and how to choose them.
  2. On Wednesday 23 February go along to the module fairs on Teams:
    • Drama Module Fairs:
      • Students going into their second year should attend at 2pm
      • Students going into their final year should attend at 1pm
    • English Module Fairs:
      • Students going into their second year should attend at 1pm
      • Students going into their final year attend up to three meetings: for 'Early Areas' at 2pm; for 'Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century studies' at 2.40pm; for Modern, Contemporary, and Creative Writing at 3.20pm
    • Links to the online Module Fairs in Teams are available via the Undergraduates homepage on QMplus.
  3. Between Wednesday 23 February and Friday 4 March you should meet your Advisor during their normal drop-in hours to discuss your module preferences.
  4. From Monday 28 February complete the online Module Preferences Form (there are step-by-step instructions for how to do this).
  5. Submit your module preferences before the online MPF closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 13 March.
  6. Once the School of English and Drama has received your MPF, this information will be collated and processed for all students. Please remember that finalising student module allocations is an extensive process that must take multiple factors into account. The School will determine each student's approved module allocation, and then enter this information into MySIS.
  7. The School of English and Drama aims to communicate your provisional module allocations to you by the start of May. Later in the summer you can check MySIS to see your confirmed modules for the next academic year.
  8. On rare occasions the School may have to cancel a module. This may happen, for example, if the member of staff designated as the module convenor wins research funding and will therefore be absent during the next academic year. If this happens, you’ll be assigned to one of your reserve module choices. Where appropriate the School will write directly to affected students in order to explain the situation.

 

If you’re taking a joint degree with the School of History or with the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, please make sure you know what arrangements your other School has put in place.

Students EXTERNAL to the School of English and Drama should follow the module selection process required by their Home School, and request any SED module(s) they wish to take via the MySIS module selection task (or as otherwise directed).

How to Complete the Module Preferences Form (MPF)

 

Students within the School of English and Drama

  1. Before identifying your module preferences for next year, make sure you’ve read and understood your degree programme requirements:
  2. Consult your Advisor in the School during their regular drop-in hours about your module preferences in advance of completing your online Module Preferences Form. You can ask them about any aspect of the process, including your programme requirements. A list of academic staff drop-in hours is available via QMplus.
  3. The online Module Preferences Form (MPF) will be open for you to complete between the morning of Monday 28 February, and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 13 March. Links to the form will be available via the QMplus Module Directory. You will only be able to log into the form that is relevant to your programme and year of study. There is no advantage to you in completing the MPF early: all forms submitted by the deadline will be treated equally.
  4. Access the online MPF by clicking through from the Module Directory landing page on QMplus. You will need to log in using the following credentials:
    • your ‘Username’ is the IT Services username you use to log into QMplus and other College services (e.g. le12345): please note that this is case-sensitive, and must only contain lower-case letters ('le12345' NOT 'LE12345' or 'Le12345')
    • your ‘Password’ is your 9 digit Student Code (e.g. 123456789) that can be found on your student ID card (note that this is different from your usual Queen Mary password)
  5. Complete the online MPF, following the on-screen instructions. There is no need to enter your name or programme of study: this information is automatically recorded.
  6. You must answer every question on the Module Preferences Form, and will not be able to submit the form until you have done so.  Note that the online software will ‘time-out’ after 30 minutes, so you must complete and submit your form within 30 minutes of logging in. (The process shouldn't normally take more than 15 minutes in total.)
  7. Submit your Module Preferences Form by clicking ‘Finish’ at the bottom of the page. Once you have clicked ‘Finish’ the information you provide will be submitted and can no longer be changed.
  8. Save or print your completed MPF. You do this by using the ‘Download My Responses’ feature, which is available to you for 15 minutes after you have submitted the form. Click 'My Responses' and then save the web-page that loads and/or click 'Download as PDF'.
  9. The Module Preferences Form will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 13 March. You must complete the online form by this deadline.

 

Students Studying on a Year Abroad

If you are applying to study abroad for the whole of your second year (on a 'with a Year Abroad' programme) we strongly recommend that you still complete the relevant online Module Preferences Form as if you will be studying at QMUL for the entire year. This is to make sure you are allocated to modules of your choice in the event that you are unable (or ultimately choose not) to study abroad next year. Please also use the 'Additional Information' box on the Module Preferences Form to explain your intention to study abroad in 2022/23 should your application be successful. (If you do not complete a Module Preferences Form and then do not study abroad next year, we will only be able to allocate you to modules that still have spaces.

 

Students Studying in Semester ONE Only

If you are applying to study abroad in Semester 1 of your second year, you must still complete the relevant online Module Preferences Form as if you will be studying at QMUL for the entire year. This is because places to study abroad are not formally confirmed until after the module selection process closes on 13 March. However, please also use the 'Additional Information' box on the Module Preferences Form to indicate which 60 credits you wish to study in Semester 2 of 2022/23 should your application to study abroad be successful.

 

Students Returning from Interruption in January 2023

If you are returning from a period of interruption in January 2023 you do NOT need to complete the Module Preferences Form as if you will be studying at QMUL for the entire year. The School of English and Drama will re-register you the modules you had selected during the academic year when your period of interruption commenced and will contact you directly about this process if necessary (e.g. if any of the modules you originally selected are not running on this occasion).

 

Students External to the School of English and Drama

Students on QMUL programmes outside the School of English and Drama should follow their Home School's process for selecting modules. Use the MySIS module selection task to list any SED module(s) you wish to take unless your Home School has alternative arrangements in place (you will need to ask them). We will then approve or reject your SED module request in time for your Home School to make its final decision about your overall module allocation.

 

A note about the online Module Preferences Form: the School’s online Module Preferences Forms are hosted via JISC Online Surveys, an online surveys and form tool used predominantly by UK Higher Education Institutions and other public bodies. Queen Mary subscribes to JISC Online Surveys via an account administered by the e-Learning Unit. Data that you submit via the Module Preferences Form is stored in secure facilities within the UK. There is more information on the JISC Online Surveys website.

 

Year One Programmes: Module Requirements

BA Drama BA English and Drama BA Drama and Film or a Language BA English BA English and Film, Language, Linguistics, or History BA English with Creative Writing

BA Drama: Year 1 (Modules)

Single-honours students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA114 London/Culture/Performance 15 1
DRA120 Interventions 15 2
DRA121 Beyond Acting 30 2
DRA122 Spectatorship: Time, Place, Performance 15 2
DRA123 Power Plays 15 1
DRA124 Making Theatre and Performance 30 1
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BA English and Drama: Year 1 (English Modules / Drama Modules)

Joint-honours students take modules worth 60 credits in Drama, as follows:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA114 London/Culture/Performance 15 1
DRA121 Beyond Acting 30 2
DRA123 Power Plays 15 1
In addition, Joint-honours students take modules worth 60 credits in English:
ESH124 Poetry 15 1
ESH126 London Global 30 1 + 2
ESH129Literatures in Time: Epic and Romance in the Middle Ages15 2
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BA Drama and Film: Year 1 (Drama Modules)

Joint-honours students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA114 London/Culture/Performance 15 1
DRA121 Beyond Acting 30 2
DRA123 Power Plays 15 1
You will also take modules worth a total of 60 credits in your joint School.
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BA English: Year 1 (Modules)

Single-honours students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH101 Shakespeare 30 1
ESH102Reading Theory and Interpretation30 2
ESH124 Poetry 15 1
ESH126 London Global  30 1 + 2
ESH129Literatures in Time: Epic and Romance in the Middle Ages15 2
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BA English and Film, Linguistics, History or a Language: Year 1 (English Modules)

Joint-honours students take modules worth 60 credits in Film / Linguistics / History / a Language, and modules worth 60 credits in English as follows:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH124 Poetry 15 1
ESH126 London Global 30 1 + 2
ESH129Literatures in Time: Epic and Romance in the Middle Ages15 2
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BA English with Creative Writing: Year 1 (Modules)

English with Creative Writing students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH101 Shakespeare 30 1
ESH102 Reading, Theory and Interpretation 30 2
ESH126 London Global 30 1 + 2
ESH4101 Introduction to Creative Writing 30 1 + 2
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Year Two Programmes: Module Requirements

BA Drama BA English and Drama BA Drama and Film or a Language BA English BA English and Film, Language, Linguistics, or History BA English with Creative Writing

All Year 2 Programmes

  • You must take modules worth a total of 120 academic credits in your second year (of which at least 90 credits must be at level 5).
  • Choose your modules to ensure a balanced credit load across the year (60 credits in each semester).
  • You will not usually be permitted to take more than three modules within the School of English and Drama in either semester.
  • Joint degree students normally select modules worth 60 credits in each subject, but are permitted to take an unequal split of 45/75 credits across subjects. The Module Preferences Form allows you to specify if you wish to do this, and to clarify which 15 credit module you want to add to or drop from your ideal choices.
  • Normally you are not allowed to take any modules at level 4 in your second year.
  • When you find your degree on this page you'll see the modules you must take as part of your programme requirements (and any modules you can’t take). Normally you take all your modules within the discipline(s) of your degree programme (e.g. within Drama or English for students in the School of English and Drama).
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BA Drama: Year 2 (Modules)

Single-honours Drama students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA242 Group Practical Project 30 2
DRA273 Culture, Power and Performance 15 1
Your remaining 75 credits must include one x 30 credit optional practice-based Drama module (you can’t take two optional practice-based modules) and up to three x 15 credit optional seminar-based Drama module (you must take at least one optional seminar-based module).
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BA English and Drama: Year 2 (English Modules / Drama Modules)

Joint-honours students taking English and Drama must select at least one of the following Drama modules (you can take both):
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA242 Group Practical Project 30 2
DRA273 Culture, Power and Performance 15 1
Your Drama module selection must include one x 30 credit practice-based Drama module (DRA242 would count as your allocation, if you choose it) and up to two x 15 credit seminar-based Drama modules (you must take at least one, and DRA273 would count towards your allocation, if you choose it).
You also select from the following categories of English modules, ensuring that overall your module selections span two (or more) Lists:
1 x English 30-credit module from List 1 (Medieval / Early-Modern) or List 2 (Eighteenth / Nineteenth Century) 30 1 +/or 2
Up to 30 credits of English module(s) from List 1 (see above),  List 2 (see above), List 3 (Modern / Contemporary / Postcolonial), or List 4 (Special Options: 15 credits each, repeated both semesters) Up to 30 1 +/or 2
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BA Drama and Film or a Language: Year 2 (Drama Modules)

Joint-honours Drama students with a Language or with Film must select at least one of the following Drama modules (you can take both):
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA242 Group Practical Project 30 2
DRA273 Culture, Power and Performance 15 1
  • Your Drama module selection must include one x 30 credit practice-based Drama module (DRA242 would count as your allocation, if you choose it) and up to two x 15 credit seminar-based Drama modules (you must take at least one, and DRA273 would count towards your allocation, if you choose it).
  • You also take 60 credits worth of modules in your joint School.
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BA English: Year 2 (Modules)

Single-honours English students select modules in each of the following categories, taking no more than 3 modules in either semester:
CategoryCreditsSemester
1 x List 1 30-credit module: Medieval and Early-Modern Studies 30 1 +/or 2
1 x List 2 30-credit module: Eighteenth-Century Studies, Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies 30 1 +/or 2
1 x List 3 30-credit module: Modern, Contemporary, and Postcolonial Studies 30 1 +/or 2
Your remaining 30 credits may come from Lists 1-3 or from List 4 (Special Options: 15 credits each, repeated both semesters) Up to 30 1 +/or 2
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BA English and Film, a Language, Linguistics, or History: Year 2 (English Modules)

Joint-honours English students with History, a Language, or Film select modules in each of the following categories ensuring that overall your module selections span two (or more) Lists:
CategoryCreditsSemester
1 x English 30-credit module from List 1 (Medieval / Early-Modern) or List 2 (Eighteenth / Nineteenth Century) 30 1 +/or 2
Up to 30 credits of English module(s) from List 1 (see above),  List 2 (see above), List 3 (Modern / Contemporary / Postcolonial), or List 4 (Special Options: 15 credits each, repeated both semesters) Up to 30 1 +/or 2
You will also take modules worth a total of 60 credits in your joint School.
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BA English with Creative Writing: Year 2 (Modules)

English with Creative Writing students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH5103 Creative Writing: Prose 15 1
ESH5104 Creative Writing: Poetry and Performance 15 2
In addition, you must select modules in each of the following categories:
CategoryCreditsSemester
2 x English 30-credit modules from List 1 (Medieval / Early-Modern),  List 2 (Eighteenth / Nineteenth Century) OR List 3 (Modern / Contemporary / Postcolonial), taken from two different lists 60 1 +/or 2
30 credits of additional English modules from Lists 1, 2, 3 (as above) or List 4 (Special Options: 15 credits each, repeated both semesters) 30 1 +/or 2
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Final Year Programmes: Module Requirements

All Final Year Programmes

  • You must take modules worth a total of 120 academic credits in your final year (of which at least 90 credits must be at level 6).
  • Choose your modules to ensure a balanced credit load across the year (60 credits in each semester).
  • You will not usually be permitted to take more than three modules within the School of English and Drama in either semester.
  • Joint degree students normally select modules worth 60 credits in each subject, but are permitted to take an unequal split of 45/75 credits across subjects. The Module Preferences Form allows you to specify if you wish to do this, and to clarify which 15 credit module you want to add to or drop from your ideal choices.
  • With the approval of your adviser you may select modules up to the value of 30 credits (excluding Level 4) from a programme offered by another School in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or (with the additional approval of your Head of Department) from another institution of the University of London.
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BA Drama: Year F (Modules)

Single-honours Drama students take one or both of the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA329 Written Research Project 30 2
DRA344 Practice-based Research Project 30 2
Single-honours students select further modules in each of the following categories:
2 x Drama practice-based modules (or 1 x Drama practice-based module if you have selected DRA344 Practice-based Research Project) 30 or 60 1 or 2
4 x Drama seminar-based modules (or 2 x Drama seminar-based modules if you have selected DRA329 Written Research Project) 30 or 60 1 or 2
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BA English and Drama: Year F (English Modules / Drama Modules)

Joint-honours English and Drama students select one or two of the following research modules (please note that you cannot take both DRA329 Written Research Project and ESH6000 English Research Dissertation):
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA329 Written Research Project 30 2
DRA344 Practice-based Research Project 30 2
ESH6000 English Research Dissertation 30 1 + 2
Your overall module selections must fall into the following categories:
CategoryCreditsSemester
1 x Drama practice-based module (if you select DRA344 Practice-based Research Project this counts as your practice-based module) 30 1 or 2
30 credits of Drama seminar-based modules (you must take at least one such module; if you select DRA329 Written Research Project this counts as seminar-based credit) 30 1 +/or 2
60 credits of English module(s) including at least one 30-credit module (ESH6000 English Research Dissertation counts as a 30-credit English module) 60 1 + 2
Joint-honours students may also take the following module:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6044 Livelihoods in English 0 1
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BA Drama and Film or a Language: Year F (Drama Modules)

Joint-honours Drama students with a Language or with Film select one of the following research modules (you may select two research modules if they include DRA344 Practice-based Research Project):
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
DRA329 Written Research Project 30 2
DRA344 Practice-based Research Project 30 2
Either FLM6202 Film Studies Research Project (30 credits), or a Modern Languages research project, depending on your programme. For these options, make sure that you liaise with the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film.
Your overall Drama module selections must fall into the following categories:
CategoryCreditsSemester
1 x Drama practice-based module (if you select DRA344 Practice-based Research Project this counts as your practice-based module) 30 1 or 2
30 credits of Drama seminar-based modules (you must take at least one such module; if you select DRA329 Written Research Project this counts as seminar-based credit)30 1 +/or 2
You will also take modules worth a total of 60 credits in your joint School.
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BA English: Year F (Modules)

Single-honours English students take the following modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6000 English Research Dissertation 30 1+ 2
2 x 30-credit English modules (one in each semester)60 1+ 2
2 x 15-credit English modules (one in each semester) 30 1+ 2
You may also take the following module:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6044 Livelihoods in English 0 1
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BA English and Film, a Language, or Linguistics: Year F (English Modules)

Joint-honours English students with a Language or with Film select English modules worth a total of 60 credits, including at least one 30-credit module (ESH6000 English Research Dissertation counts as a 30-credit English module). You may also take the following module:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6044 Livelihoods in English 0 1
You will also take modules worth a total of 60 credits in your joint School.
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BA English and History: Year F (English Modules)

Joint-honours English and History students select one of the following research options (you cannot take both):
CategoryCreditsSemester
ESH6000 English Research Dissertation 30 1 + 2
A History Special Subject (refer to guidance from the School of History) 60 1 + 2
  • If you take ESH6000 English Research Dissertation (30 credits), you will also take any 30 credits of optional English modules, and 60 credits of History modules.
  • If you select a History Special Subject (60 credits), you will also take 60 credits of optional English modules including at least one 30-credit module.
You may also take the following module:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6044 Livelihoods in English 0 1
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BA English WITH CREATIVE WRITING: Year F (MODULES)

English with Creative Writing students select one of the following research options (you cannot take both):
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6000 English Research Dissertation 30 1 + 2
ESH6199 Creative Writing Dissertation 30 1 + 2
You also select two of the following Creative Writing modules:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6102 Narrative Theory for Creative Writers 15 2
ESH6107 Creative Writing Advanced Poetry: The Poetics of Translation 15 1
ESH6108 Creative Writing Nonfiction: Illness and Experience 15 1
ESH6109
Creative Writing Advanced Fiction: Serious Play - Ludic Strategies for Writing Fiction 15 2
ESH6112 Creative Writing and Performance 15 1 or 2
You may also take the following module:
CodeTitleCreditsSemester
ESH6044 Livelihoods in English 0 1
  • In addition you select optional English modules worth a total of 60 credits including at least one 30-credit module.
  • You may not list ESH6043 Creative Writing Prose Fiction among your preferences (this is an entry-level Creative Writing module aimed at final-year students on other English programmes).
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Academic Levels Explained

All modules taken by undergraduate students at Queen Mary are allocated a ‘Level’:

  • Modules that you take in your first year are at Level 4.
  • Modules that you take in your second year are at Level 5.
  • Modules that you take in your final year are at Level 6.

 

Levels are used to design modules and forms of assessment. They relate to three main areas of the learning process: context (the framework within which responsibility for learning is managed, the intellectual parameters of study); cognition (knowledge and understanding, and the skills required to apply them); transferable skills (which include communication and presentation, and group skills). 

 

Levels are formulated on the assumption that as you acquire more competence, you will be able to work more independently, to perform evaluative and comparative tasks more effectively, to acquire more specialised kinds of knowledge, and to apply your skills to ends that involve a higher degree of intellectual challenge and sophistication.

How to Use This Module Directory

This Module Directory contains listings for all undergraduate modules that the School intends to teach during the coming academic session.  You can navigate by Department (Drama or English), and by academic Level (4, 5, and 6). There are also overview indexes that list modules at Levels 5 and 6 according to Keyword (Drama) or Subject Area (English).

As well as the official module code and module title, each individual module entry contains the following information. Please refer to the guidance below in order to understand what this information tells you.

 

Level The academic level at which the module is accredited.
Credit Value The number of academic credits awarded upon passing the module (the School offers modules variously worth 15 and 30 credits; an honours degree typically comprises 360 credits of study).
Keyword(s) (Drama) Indicates key concerns in each module to assist you in selecting modules in relation to your areas of interest.
Subject Area (English) Indicates the Subject Area under which the module is listed for teaching organisation purposes.
Description The official module description, providing an overview of teaching content and learning outcomes.
Preparation Guidance about how to prepare for the module, including advisory information about reading / viewing / preparatory tasks to complete in advance. This information may continue to be updated in the period leading up to the start of teaching.
Approximate Costs Indicative details of any costs that you will directly incur by selecting this module (e.g. to purchase specific books, or to attend performances).
Why take ...? The "Why take [this module]?" section is a chance for the convenor to outline the most distinctive aspects of the subject matter or approach to teaching – it summarises what students can most expect from taking the module.
Learning Context This explains whether a module is practice- or seminar-based (in Drama), or includes a lecture (in English). Occasionally this field will contain more specific information about how teaching is organised.
Semester The semester(s) in which a module is to be taught: "Semester 1"; OR "Semester 2"; OR "Semester 1 and 2" (for a module taught across the whole year); OR "Semester 1 or 2" (where different iterations of a module are offered separately in each semester).
Assessment The official Module Assessment Body: the assignments (and their respective percentage weightings) via which the module will be assessed.
Mode of reassessment Explains whether reassessment (resits) on the module requires students to complete the 'standard' module assessment body (see above); or a 'synoptic' (single) element of reassessment, the outcome of which constitutes the entire module result.
Contact Typically this will list the module convenor, although you should be aware that this staffing allocation is PROVISIONAL. There is no guarantee that you will be taught directly in seminars by the person named here, especially in the case of larger modules.

Standard and Synoptic Reassessment Explained

 

The module directory indicates whether the Mode of Reassessment on any given module is Standard or Synoptic (the two different reassessment models used at Queen Mary). Although you’ll select your modules for a number of personal and intellectual reasons, it is also important to take into account the reassessment arrangements in each case. Hopefully reassessment will not apply to you because you’ll pass all your modules. But if something goes wrong and you don’t, it’s important that you understand what these models mean (particularly synoptic reassessment).

Reassessment

Students must achieve a module mark of 40.0 or above to pass a module. Most instances of students not passing a module occur because one or more elements of assessment were not submitted, and therefore receive a mark of 0 (zero); although sometimes students fail a module by submitting work that fails to meet the assessment criteria for a pass.

If you do not pass a module at the first attempt, you will normally be offered a further opportunity to complete the module assessment. This is called reassessment, and may take the form of resits or first sits:

  • In general, reassessment takes the form of resits. A 'resit' is your second and final opportunity to complete the module assessment. If you resit a module, it will mean your module mark is capped at 40.0, regardless of the academic quality of your work.
  • If you do not submit all the elements of assessment at the first attempt, and the Subject Examination Board accepts your Extenuating Circumstances application, you may be awarded first sits. First sit submissions are not capped at 40.0, and are formally considered to be your 'first' rather than your second and final opportunity to complete the module assessment.

Mode of Reassessment

Reassessment is in one of two modes, Standard or Synoptic. First sits always take the form of Standard reassessment, but resits sometimes take the form of Synoptic reassessment (depending on the arrangements made for the module in question).

  • STANDARD REASSESSMENT observes the standard module assessment body. In other words, it requires you to complete the same assignments (or exam) as students completing the module at the first attempt. For this reason, first sits take the form of standard reassessment. The marks for any elements of assessment that you have already submitted and passed will be retained (you will not be eligible to re-submit them). You will only be asked to complete those assignments that you did not pass or did not submit on the previous attempt.
  • SYNOPTIC REASSESSMENT observes a module assessment body which constitutes a general summary or 'synopsis' of your work. You will be asked to complete a single major assignment (or exam), and the mark that you are awarded for that single submission will be considered as the outcome for the module as a whole. Any marks you have previously attained for other elements of assessment within the module (however high) will be disregarded, and replaced by the synoptic reassessment mark.

Students in the School of English and Drama can find further information about Reassessment in the online undergraduate handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is the deadline for submitting my Module Preferences Form (MPF)?

  • A: The deadline for submission is 11.59pm on Sunday 13 March.

 

Q: Do I need to speak with my Advisor in advance of submitting my MPF?

  • A: You are strongly encouraged to discuss your module preferences with your Advisor in advance of submitting your MPF. They are best placed to advise you about the modules that will enable your learning and development.

 

Q: When will I hear back about my module choices?

  • A: The School of English and Drama plans to communicate provisionally with students about their module allocations in early May. You will be able to check MySIS later in the summer for your confirmed module choices.

 

Q: What if I am unhappy with the modules I have been allocated? What if one of the modules I want to study is full?

  • A: We hope that you’re happy with your module allocation and that you have an exciting and enjoyable year ahead of you. A process will be made available to allow you to request to change modules during the first two weeks of each teaching semester in the new academic year. Please note that a number of modules will inevitably be oversubscribed meaning that a place is not available for you. In these instances you will be able to check with us after semester starts to see whether or not a space has opened up for you.

 

Q: How will you decide which modules I'm allocated?

  • A: The School of English and Drama will look at the modules you've listed as your "ideal" and "reserve" preferences, in the contexts of your specific programme requirements and all the other requests that students have made to take modules in SED. We will assign you where possible to the modules you have listed as your ideal preferences, ensuring an even balance of credits across both semesters. Where a module is oversubscribed in terms of the number of individual students who have listed it as a preference, we will use a random allocation process to decide which students can take it and who will instead be allocated to a reserve preference module.

 

Q: Can I rank my module preferences from highest to lowest?

  • A: No. We ask you to list two groups of modules that you would like to take next year, your "ideal" and "reserve" preferences. The two lists must be completely different from one another. All of your ideal module preferences will be considered equally and we will allocate you to them if possible.

 

Q: What if I can’t submit my MPF by the deadline?

  • A: An online form for the submission of late module preferences will open shortly after the main MPF deadline. It is important to note that priority will be given to students who complete their MPF on time (in other words, if you submit late module preferences you may not be allocated to your ideal preferences, and you may even be allocated to modules that you didn't list). If you submit a late MPF due to a pressing personal or medical reason, please alert us to that fact by emailing sed-information@qmul.ac.uk (noting that you may be asked to supply reasonable documentary evidence).

 

Q: What happens if I make a mistake or change my mind once I have submitted my MPF?

  • A: It's really important that you think carefully about your module preferences and complete your MPF accordingly. Once you have submitted your MPF it is not always possible to accommodate any later changes you wish to make. However, if you feel that you've made a genuine error in the completion of the form, you should seek assistance from the School of English and Drama Administrative Team by emailing sed-information@qmul.ac.uk at your first opportunity. 

 

Q: Joint Honours students: do I have to take a 50-50 split of modules between my subjects?

  • A: Students may usually, with the agreement of their Advisor for each subject, choose a credit balance of 45 credits in one discipline and 75 credits in the other.

 

Q: Must I take an even balance of 60 credits in each semester (120 for the year)?

  • A: Yes, as a general rule. However, if your particular module choice combination is only available by taking 75 credits in one semester, and 45 credits in the other, it is sometimes possible to agree this, although such requests cannot be prioritised in the module allocation process. You will need to secure the agreement of your Advisor and then email us at sed-information@qmul.ac.uk in order to propose such an arrangement.

 

Q: Can I take modules for a Level of Study different from that which I am about to enter?

  • A: Students are encouraged to take modules designed for their Level of Study (Level 5 for Year 2 students, Level 6 for Year F students). However, with the approval of your Advisor, you may select up to 30 credits from a different Level. Year 2 students can take up to 30 credits in total from Level 6 and/or Level 4, although at Level 4 you may only take languages (up to 30 credits). Year F students can take 30 credits at Level 5. Note that priority will be given to students applying for modules designed for their year of study.

 

Q: Can I take modules from a different School?

  • A: Yes, with the approval of your Advisor you may select modules up to the value of 30 credits from a programme offered by another School. You will need to contact the School offering the module you wish to select in order to find out how to apply for a place (the other School is likely to give priority for places on their modules to students within their School, and your Advisor’s approval is not a guarantee that you will be allocated a place on the module).

 

Q: Can I take modules from another Institution at the University of London?

  • A: Yes, with the approval of your Head of Department you may select modules up to the value of 30 credits from another institution of the University of London. You will need to explain why this module provides a learning opportunity which is not available through an existing module offered within the School of English and Drama. You will also be responsible for making all relevant arrangements with the institution in question.

 

Q: Can I request to be taught by a certain member of academic staff? Can I request to be put in a particular seminar group on a certain day/time?

  • A: As a guideline, requests due to preference for a particular staff member are not accommodated. The teaching timetable at Queen Mary is generated only once module registrations have been confirmed for students by academic Schools. Once the QMUL timetable has been generated, please contact the School by emailing sed-information@qmul.ac.uk if you have any genuinely urgent requests for changes (e.g. relating to caring responsibilities). In some cases, you may need to request to change your module selection. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Q: Can I take more (or fewer) than 120 credits per year?

  • A: No, Queen Mary’s academic guidelines stipulate that all students must take 120 credits per year.

 

Q: Can I drop a compulsory module to accommodate an optional module?

  • A: No, you must take any compulsory modules.

 

Q: I am a student from another School in Queen Mary: can I request to take one of your modules?

  • A: Yes. Follow your own School's module selection process, ensuring that you enter the SED module(s) you wish to take as part of completing the MySIS Module Selection task. The School of English and Drama will Approve or Reject your module request via MySIS in time for your Home School to confirm your overall module allocation.

 

Q: I am a student who is returning from interruption in January 2023 and I cannot submit my MPF as it asks me for a full year’s choices. What should I do?

  • A: If you are returning from a period of interruption next January you do not need to complete the Module Preferences Form. The School will re-register you on the modules you had selected during the academic year when your period of interruption commenced, and will contact you directly about this process if necessary (e.g. if the modules you originally selected are not running next year).

 

Q: I am a student who will be studying abroad during Semester 1 of my second year (this coming September-December). What should I do?

  • A: If you are applying to study abroad in Semester 1 of your second year, you must still complete the relevant online Module Preferences Form as if you will be studying at QMUL for the entire year. This is because places to study abroad are not formally confirmed until after the module selection process closes. However, please also use the 'Additional Information' box on the Module Preferences Form to indicate which 60 credits you wish to study in Semester 2 next year should your application to study abroad be successful.

 

 

Q: I am a second-year student who is planning to switch onto a 4 year programme with a Year Abroad during 2022/23. What should I do?

  • A: If you are applying to change programmes and study abroad during your third year you are still strongly advised to complete the relevant online Module Preferences Form as if you will be remaining at QMUL. This is because your application to change programmes will not be formally confirmed until after the module selection process closes. When completing the Module Preferences Form, please use the 'Additional Information' box to indicate your application to change programmes and to take your Year Abroad in 2022/23 should this be successful.