Abertay University Calendar

Abertay University Calendar

Academic year

The academic year consists of three terms with at Christmas/New Year and in the spring. Most undergraduate programmes consist of modules that are delivered in term 1 (September to December) and in term 2 (January to May). Term 3 runs over the summer months, and applies only to Accelerated Degree programmes and the Mental Health Nursing programme.

Undergraduate programmes and modules

Undergraduate programmes typically consist of four stages, each taking one academic year of full-time study. If you study in part-time mode it will normally take at least two years to complete each stage of the programme. To complete each stage you will need to achieve 120 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credits at the appropriate level.
Undergraduate modules are generally 20 credits, although some modules, such as projects or placements, could be 40 or 60 credits to allow for greater focus and depth of study. Our modular system is designed to give you maximum flexibility during your study with us. As well as the modules that form the core of your programme, many programmes have optional modules that allow you to tailor your programme to meet your interests and career aspirations.

Students have the opportunity to take elective modules in year 1 and year 2 on a wide range of topics outside of their main subject area. These are designed to broaden students’ knowledge, deepen their understanding of the social and physical world and enhance their critical and academic skills.

Progressing through your programme

Modules may be assessed by coursework, coursework and examinations, or occasionally by examinations only. Coursework assessments are particularly important because they allow you to find out how well you are progressing, and they count towards the final grade for the module. For most modules, all the assessment will be completed within the term in which they module is taken.