About our courses
Getting your head around the various terms associated with studying for a degree can be difficult at first, but you will be given all the help you need when you start university – you will find it all becomes clear very quickly.
The teaching year
The teaching year at Loughborough is divided into two 15-week semesters, each with 12 weeks for teaching/learning/revision followed by three weeks for assessment and feedback. There is a Christmas break in Semester 1 and an Easter break in Semester 2 (see the University’s term dates for further details).
Lectures, tutorials and other classes are timetabled on weekdays between 9.00am and 6.00pm. Teaching does not take place on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, but assessed activities such as field trips may take place on these days. You will receive your timetable for Semester 1 when you arrive on campus at the start of the start of the academic year. Semester 2 timetables are issued to students in January.
Examinations take place at the end of each Semester. Deadlines for submitting coursework may occur throughout the teaching year.
Modules and courses
Our courses are organised on a modular basis. A module is a self-contained unit of study either lasting one semester or one year. Each module typically has a weight of 10, 20 or 30 credits. This is the number of credits you will be awarded on passing the module. Full-time undergraduate students take modules with a combined weighting of 120 credits per academic year.
The notional learning time for a 10-credit module is 100 hours, representing the time on average you will need to spend on the whole range of learning activities, including for example lectures, tutorials, private study, preparing coursework, and sitting examinations. The notional learning time for a full-time undergraduate academic year of 30 weeks is 1,200 hours.
Each degree course offers the in-depth study of your chosen subject area through a number of core or compulsory modules. You may also have access to a range of modules offered within and outside your academic school/department, giving you a certain amount of flexibility over what you study. The extent of this flexibility depends on your degree programme, but you may choose to learn a new language, or learn a subject outside your immediate area of academic study.
Loughborough University’s undergraduate degree courses usually take three years to complete and lead to the award of a BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) qualification. However, we also offer extended courses, which usually take four years to complete, leading to the award of a Masters degree such as MEng or MSci. These courses give you the opportunity to study a subject to a greater depth and gain a higher level award.
Diploma in Industrial/Professional/International Studies (DIS/DPS/DIntS)
A special feature of undergraduate study at Loughborough is the availability of year-long work placement (sandwich) degree courses.
These incorporate a period of industrial or professional work experience between periods of academic study at the University. Successful completion of the work placement usually leads to the additional award of Diploma in Industrial or Professional Studies.
The University’s network of international links with other universities also gives you the opportunity of completing a professional placement or studying overseas. In this case, you may gain a Diploma in International Studies.