Degree Structures - your qualification explained
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 at university – you will find it all becomes clear very quickly.
Modules and courses
Each degree course offers the in-depth study of your chosen subject area through a number of core or compulsory modules.
You’ll 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 course, 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 lead to the award of a BA, BSc or BEng qualification. However, we also offer extended courses 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 further professional accreditation where relevant.
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 supported 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.
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.
Examinations take place at the end of each Semester. The complexity of the University’s teaching and assessment timetable means that it is not currently possible to make special teaching and assessment timetable arrangements in individual cases in order to allow the opportunity for religious observance.