Your first year at Lancaster

A quick guide to the structure of your first year at Lancaster as an undergraduate and the choices available to you.

How is my degree structured?

At Lancaster your degree is made up of two main parts: the first year, which is referred to as Part I, and the second, third and fourth (if you are taking a four-year degree) years, which are called Part II.

In each Part, you will study a range of modules. There are three types of modules that can appear on a Lancaster programme:

  • Compulsory major modules – these are modules that all students on a programme will take and all students will be automatically enrolled on them.
  • Optional major modules – programmes may also contain some optional modules that are also focused on the major subject area.
  • Minor modules – these are options from outside the major subject area that can be added to some programmes.

Part I is a qualifying year and doesn’t count towards your final degree result, but in most programmes, you do have to pass all of your Part I modules to progress to Part II.

What modules will I study in my first year?

In Part I all students take 120 credits. For the following programmes this will be made up entirely of compulsory and optional modules in your major subject area: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

For many other degrees, you will have the opportunity to take one or more minor modules alongside your major modules. You can see more information about your course on the course pages. You will be able to view your options and make provisional choices online before you arrive as part of the registration process.

Are there any restrictions on the modules I can choose?

Some minor modules have specific entry requirements. You should also be aware that there may also be other restrictions such as timetable clashes and limits on the number of places available on certain modules, and some subjects do not accept minor students. If you choose a module that isn't available to you for any reason, staff can advise you on selecting an alternative.

What happens if I don’t like a module I have chosen?

You can make changes to the modules you have chosen up to the end of the third week of the term, provided space is available and your timetable allows it.

Can I continue with my minor module subject in my second year?

You may have the opportunity to change your major scheme of study at the end of Part I. You may be able to switch to another degree from the subjects you study in your first year – either as a single major or joint major. Alternatively, you could continue with your major subject and add a minor subject from those you studied in your first year.

What if I have any further questions about module enrolment?

You can email the Student Registry or speak with staff upon arrival.