General FAQs

What will happen to my classes in MyTimetable if I make a course change?

If you confirm, by completing the Terms and Conditions, that you want to change a course, you will be unenrolled from all classes (eg tutorials, labs) for that course. If you then re-enrol on the course, you will need to make your class selections for this course again in MyTimetable.

You will also need to make your class selections in MyTimetable for any new courses that you select in MyCurriculum.

What is MyCurriculum and how does it work?

MyCurriculum is the online course selection system for on campus students. The system will step you through the process. You will select your Prescribed Courses first, followed (if applicable) by optional courses under the Enhanced and Other tab. Spend some time thinking about your degree programme and the courses you might like to take.

I get an error message when I try to log in to MyCurriculum. What should I do?

Contact the IT Service Desk by email: servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk or by phone: 01224 273636.

I am logged into MyCurriculum and get an error message. What should I do?

Get help by logging a call on the MyCurriculum Support system, using our online chat facility which you can access when logging on to MyCurriculum, or contacting us on 01224 272727.

I am confused - MyCurriculum, MyTimetable, MyAberdeen... What is the difference?

MyCurriculum is the course selection system for on campus students. You use it to pick your courses.

MyTimetable allows you to choose and sign up for your tutorials, practicals and labs (if applicable) and finalise your personal timetable. You can only do this once you have picked your courses via MyCurriculum.

MyAberdeen the University’s virtual learning environment. This is where you will find learning materials and resources associated with your courses and where you will be notified of any announcements about your courses or the University.

What is MyCurriculum and how does it work?

MyCurriculum is a student-led system for making curriculum choices informed by the relevant degree regulations, programme requirements, timetable clashes and pre-requisites. The system will step you through the process, selecting any Prescribed Courses first, followed by optional courses under either Enhanced Study or Other. Spend some time thinking about your degree programme and the courses you might like to take. Various essential links can be found on the MyCurriculum homepage.

When can I choose my courses?

You will find the date when the system opens to you on the MyCurriculum webpage.

Please Note:

  • You MUST have completed eRegistration and have a University username and password to log in to MyCurriculum.
  • course selection is NOT first-come, first-served. However, you MUST complete your course choices in order to become a registered student and you should not leave your course selection until the last day if at all possible.

I cannot login to MyCurriculum. What should I do?

Please Note:  You will only be able to access MyCurriculum on or after the date the system opens to you.  You will find Information on opening dates on the MyCurriculum webpage.

Remember:  There is a wait of a few minutes between completing eRegistration and being able to log in to MyCurriculum.  If you have just completed eRegistration, wait a little longer and try logging back into MyCurriculum.

 

Use our Troubleshooting Quick Guide.  If you still need help after reading this, please log a call on the MyCurriculum Support system, use our online chat facility which you can access when you log on to MyCurriculum or contact us on 01224 272727.

Course selection is NOT first-come, first-served however you must complete your course choices in order to become a registered student and you should not leave your course selection until the last day, if at all possible.

What if I have a question about my course choices?

You can find information about:

 

If your query relates to the content of a course, please contact the School Office using the MyCurriculum Support system.

I have found an optional course I would like to take, but it is not showing in MyCurriculum. Why is this?

This may be because:

  • you do not hold the pre-requisites for the course. Use the Catalogue of Courses to find out what the pre-requisites for the course are.
  • the course does not timetable with earlier course selections you have made.  You can use our Clash Checker to see if there are lecture clashes but remember, MyCurriculum performs a more thorough check, including available tutorial slots, so it may not be possible for you to take the course.

I am studying online, do I need to complete e-registration and online course selection using MyCurriculum?

New students studying online for the 2017/18 academic year will not complete e-Registration or use MyCurriculum, and will receive details about registration in their joining instructions.  Queries regarding this can be sent to onlinelearning@abdn.ac.uk.

Continuing students who are studying online will need to complete e-Registration as in previous academic years but will use MyCurriculum for course selection. Please contact the School in which you are studying in regard to registering for courses.

I am a part time student studying on campus. Do I need to complete e-Registration and online course selection via MyCurriculum, and if so, how?

You should complete e-Registration in two parts:

1)      First complete the academic, personal and computing sections. Do not worry if you cannot complete the financial section – this will not stop access to MyCurriculum.

Once you have completed this first part, login to MyCurriculum and make your course selections.  Remember there is a wait of a few minutes between completing eRegistration and accessing MyCurriculum.

2)      Once you have made your course choices and your fee is known, go back into eRegistration before the start of term to complete the financial section.

I am a full time on-campus student who started in January, will I need to re-register using e-Registration and MyCurriculum?

You will need to re-register for the final part of your study, from September until January.

 

You should complete e-Registration in two parts:

  1. First complete the academic, personal and computing sections. Do not worry if you cannot complete the financial section – this will not stop access to MyCurriculum.

Once you have completed this first part, login to MyCurriculum and make your course selections.  Remember there is a wait of a few minutes between completing eRegistration and accessing MyCurriculum.

  1. Once you have made your course choices and your fee is known, go back into eRegistration before the start of term to complete the financial section.

What are the regulations about changing courses after I have made my selections in MyCurriculum?

Should you find you have picked a course you do not like, you can change it up to the end of:

  • the second week of teaching for 11 week courses
  • the end of the first week of teaching for 5/6 week courses.

 

Our User Guide explains how to make changes to your course choices.

Please note: the deadline for changing Sixth Century Courses is 5.00 pm on Friday of the first week of teaching.

I am studying as part of a postgraduate research programme. Do I need to do anything with MyCurriculum or MyTimetable?

Only campus-based students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes use:

  • MyCurriculum to choose their courses and
  • MyTimetable to pick their labs and tutorials.

 

On campus students enrolled on a postgraduate research programme should consult the PGR New Students web page.

How will I pick my labs, tutorials and/or practicals?

After you have selected your courses, you will be able to log into MyTimetable* to choose your tutorials, practicals and labs (if applicable) and finalise your personal timetable. MyTimetable will guide you through this process via step-by-step online help. You can access MyTimetable on your phone, tablet or PC, as well as subscribe to it on Android, iPhone or Outlook. Please ensure you have completed course selection, received a confirmation email, and have waited 2-3 hours before trying to login to MyTimetable.

 

* with the exception of students on programmes who use MyMBChB, MyBDS, MyPA and MyMedSci.

Why is MyCurriculum sometimes slow when I am trying to pick my courses?

When picking your courses in MyCurriculum the system is completing a number of checks in order to show you course choices available to you. These checks include University regulations, course pre-requisites and the teaching timetable. Depending on how complex your degree programme requirements are, this could take some time.

What if I have accessibility problems when using MyCurriculum?

The University of Aberdeen is committed to making the services and information we provide as accessible as possible. If you have any problems accessing our online services and need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk by email: servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk or by phone: 01224 273636.

Why are my lectures showing at such strange times in the "Timetable Clash Checker" (Course Overlay Tool)?

Please note that the class times displayed in the Timetable Clash Checker are in your computer's local time zone. To view UK class times, please make sure your computer's time zone is set to London/UK.

I have already selected my courses – how do I make changes to my selection?

Please go back in to MyCurriculum and make any changes you wish. You should receive a confirmation email each time you complete MyCurriculum fully. Remember it can take up to two hours for course selections to appear in MyTimetable.

I’m a Tier 4 student – how do I make changes to my studies?

Please consult with an International Student Advisor who can advise on any changes to your studies. You can reach them at student.international@abdn.ac.uk.

Undergraduate Specific

I have a special arrangement with my School to allow me to change degree while missing courses but am unable to choose my courses.  What do I do?

If the agreement with your School is not reflected in MyCurriculum you may find that:

  • MyCurriculum is still requiring you to select the course when you have been given exemption from it,
  • you are unable to select the extra courses your School has told you to pick up, or
  • you are unable to change degree programme, despite having permission from the School to do so.

 

If any of the above scenarios apply to you, please provide your Registry Officer with written proof of the agreement you have with your School.  You can contact your Registry Officer or, if you wish to discuss this with your Registry Officer in person, the Registry Officers will be available on the first floor of the MacRobert Building during the weeks commencing 4 and 11 September 2017, Monday to Friday each week.  In earlier weeks, you can contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.

I wish to make a course change but some of my other courses are capped.  Will I be able to retain my previously-allocated space on the capped course?

If the course you wish to change was originally chosen in the Prescribed tab, you will lose your space on any capped courses selected in the Enhanced and Other tab.

Why is this?

When you first selected your courses you worked through the Prescribed and Enhanced and Other tabs in order. The system offers courses in the Enhanced and Other tab that timetable with the courses chosen in the Prescribed tab.

When you return to make changes you will be taken back to the Enhanced and Other tab, from where you will be able to work back through your selections. To alter your choices in the Prescribed tab, the system will need to clear down the choices that had been made in the Enhanced and Other tab.  A warning message shows before any choices are lost.

Any changes you do make in MyCurriculum will only take effect when you complete the Terms and Conditions.

If you require to make changes in the Prescribed tab without losing your place on a capped course, please contact a Registry Officer who will be able to make adjustments on your behalf. If you wish to discuss this with your Registry Officer in person, the Registry Officers will be available on the first floor of the MacRobert Building during the weeks commencing 4 and 11 September 2017, Monday to Friday each week.  In earlier weeks, you can contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.

What is a capped course and how will I know it is capped?  What happens when I choose a capped course?

Capped courses are those which have a limit on the number of places available. The Catalogue of Courses will tell you if a course is capped.

If a course is capped MyCurriculum will ask you to make alternative choices as back-ups. A process is run each day from 7 to 22 September 2017 to allocate students to capped courses. You will receive an email telling you which course(s) you have been allocated.

 

Please note:

  • if you change your course choices and drop the capped course you will lose your place on the course and will have to go through the allocation process again
  • spaces on capped courses are subject to availability
  • capped courses will not be available in MyTimetable for choosing tutorials and labs until after the allocation process has been run.

If a capped course is compulsory for my programme, am I guaranteed a place?

Yes.

Will I be able to change my degree programme?

MyCurriculum is set up to allow you to change degree programme yourself at the beginning of the academic year (up to the end of the second week of teaching), but only where this is possible, ie: when you are in programme year 1 or 2 and are transferring to another degree within your own area of study (eg MA to MA or BSc to BSc).

 

Refer to our user guide if you are unsure about how to change degree programme in MyCurriculum.

 

Please note: 

  • Should you wish to transfer degree outside of the first two weeks of teaching, you will need to contact your contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.
  • If MyCurriculum does not allow you change degree yourself, there will be an academic reason for this and you should contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.
  • If you would like to change to a degree in a different area of study / a different type of degree (eg MA to BSc or BEng to MEng) you will not be able to do this yourself and should complete our Internal Transfer form, taking note of the relevant deadlines.

How do I change my degree?

MyCurriculum is set up to allow you to change degree yourself at the beginning of the academic year (up to the end of the second week of teaching), but only where this is possible, ie: when you are in programme year 1 or 2 and are transferring to another degree within your own area of study (eg MA to MA or BSc to BSc).

 

Refer to our user guide if you are unsure about how to change degree programme in MyCurriculum.

 

Please note: 

  • Should you wish to transfer degree outside of the first two weeks of teaching, you will need to contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.
  • If MyCurriculum does not allow you change degree yourself, there will be an academic reason for this and you should contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.
  • If you would like to change to a degree in a different area of study / a different type of degree (eg MA to BSc or BEng to MEng) you will not be able to do this yourself and should complete our Internal Transfer form, taking note of the relevant deadlines.

I have noticed the “Alternative Programmes” button after I have made my course selections in MyCurriculum – what does this do?

The "Alternative Programmes" function shows you what degree programmes you might be able to switch to in the future, taking into account what you have studied in the past and what courses you have just selected for the coming year. It assumes you will pass everything you have selected.

Please note: The programmes shown are a guide only and there is no guarantee that they will continue to be offered in the future.

Before you choose your optional courses, you should spend some time thinking about your degree programme and the courses you might like to take. It is recommended that, particularly in levels one and two, you try to keep open as many degree options as possible by choosing pairs of courses – one before and one after Christmas – or groups of courses in the same discipline rather than picking single courses at random. Consulting the requirements for other programmes will show you their prescribed (compulsory) courses which, if you selected them, might enable to you to transfer onto that programme in the next year.

Will I be able to change my mode of study (Full-time/Part-time)?

Yes, you can do this yourself, at the beginning of the academic year (up to the end of the second week of teaching) – with some exceptions, namely:

  • students on a Tier 4 visa (and some other visas) and
  • where your degree programme is not offered in an alternative mode of study.

 

Please note:  A change to mode of study will have implications for you and you are strongly advised to seek advice from Registry Student Services before making the change.

  • A change to your mode of study will have an effect on how much tuition fees you pay and who pays your fees.
  • Part-time students are not eligible to receive government funding.
  • Part-time students are liable for paying council tax.
  • Tier 4 Students must consult with an International Student Advisor before making any changes to their mode of study. You can reach them at student.international@abdn.ac.uk.

How do I make the change?

To change to your mode of study click on the Change Mode of Study link within MyCurriculum.

Please note:  Whilst MyCurriculum will allow you to change your mode of study, the change has to be approved by an Admissions Selector.  You will be contacted by your Registry Officer if the change you wish to make is not approved.

Refer to our user guide if you are unsure about how to change mode of study in MyCurriculum.

As an Arts student, what is the maximum number of credits from non-Arts courses I can count towards my degree?

Arts students may count no more than 75 credit points from non-Arts courses at levels 1 and 2 towards their degree.

As a Science student, what is the maximum number of credits from non-Science courses I can count towards my degree?

Science students may count no more than 90 credits from non-Science courses towards their degree.

What if I need to resit a course from a previous year?

Apply for your resit via the Online Store. Further information can be found at Reassessment.

Please Note: To resit a course you must hold a valid class certificate in the course.

What is a valid class certificate?/How do I know if I hold a valid class certificate?

As long as you have not withdrawn from a course or received a C7 for a course, you will hold a valid class certificate.

Your class certificate will be valid for the academic year in which you took the course and the academic year immediately following.

What if I need to retake a course from a previous year?

If you have failed a course from a previous year and wish to reattend rather than resit, you should be able select the course in MyCurriculum.  If you are unable to select the course or wish to discuss this with your Registry Officer in person, the Registry Officers will be available on the first floor of the MacRobert Building during the weeks commencing 4 and 11 September 2017, Monday to Friday each week.  In earlier weeks, you can contact your Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.

Please note:  This will be the case if the course is necessary for your degree and you have lost your class certificate (this will show as a C7 on your record).

What is a diagnostic test?

It is an online test which identifies the course that is most appropriate for you based on your current level of knowledge (the only exception to this is the Counselling Skills Diagnostic Test, which represents a set of Terms and Conditions which you must read and agree to before proceeding with selecting any Counselling courses).

What happens once I have taken a diagnostic test?

You will receive an immediate online response to your submission, advising you of the course that is appropriate for your level of knowledge and asking you to go back into MyCurriculum to continue with course selection.

What do I do if I don’t think I have to take a diagnostic test?

Contact the MyCurriculum support service.

I am interested in taking a French or Spanish language course.  I understand I need to take a diagnostic test.  How do I do this?

There is an online language diagnostic test which you must complete prior to making your course selections. The result of the test identifies the correct level of language course for you, based on your current level of knowledge.  Links to the French and Spanish Diagnostic Tests can be found on the MyCurriculum webpage.

Please note: you must have completed eRegistration prior to taking the diagnostic test.

I am interested in studying Mathematics as an option and understand that I need to take a diagnostic test.  How can I do this?

This test helps students interested in studying Mathematics as an option by identifying whether they have the level of knowledge required to take MA1005 Calculus I and/or MA1006 Algebra, as these courses are only suitable for those who have studied Maths to a certain level.

You do not need to take this test if you are taking a joint honours Mathematics degree. A link to the Mathematics Diagnostic Test can be found on the MyCurriculum webpage.

Please note: you must have completed eRegistration prior to taking the diagnostic test.

I am taking a Counselling programme or course.  I understand I need to take a diagnostic test.  How do I do this?

Students being admitted to a Counselling programme or course first take the online Counselling Diagnostic Test. You will be unable to register for Counselling Skills 1, and consequently any of the subsequent courses until you have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions in the Diagnostic Test. Having completed the test you should select the appropriate course in MyCurriculum. A link to the Counselling Skills Diagnostic Test can be found on the MyCurriculum webpage.

Please Note: you must have completed eRegistration prior to taking the diagnostic test.

How can I register for the advanced level one German course GM1050 (and GM1502)?  I already have a qualification, which involved a minimum of 4 years studying German at school, but the online course selection does not display this course to me.

If you believe that you hold a non-UK school qualification pre-requisite equivalent to those listed in the Catalogue of Courses, or if you have spent time in a German-speaking country, you may request a waiver of the pre-requisite to enable you to take the higher level compulsory course (in this case GM1050). Once you are eligible to select GM1050, the other compulsory course (GM1550) will automatically become available; you will also be eligible to select GM1052.

To apply for a prerequisite waiver, please complete a waiver form and send to the relevant School contact.

When completing the form you must provide the following information:

  • In the “Course(s) for which Waiver Sought box” – add GM1050
  • In the “Pre-Requisite(s) Missing box” – write “not applicable – entry qualification equivalent”
  • In the “Please give the reasons ……. Box” – please provide information about the school qualification and level you have achieved and, if applicable, the time you have spent in a German-speaking country.

Can’t see the optional course you want to take?

This may be because:

  • you do not hold the pre-requisites for the course. Use the Catalogue of Courses to find out what the pre-requisites for the course are.
  • the course does not timetable with earlier course selections you have made.  You can use our Clash Checker to see if there are lecture clashes but remember MyCurriculum performs a more thorough check, including available tutorial slots, so it may not be possible for you to take the course.

 

What should I do?

Either:-

  • choose a different course in place of the option you are looking for, or
  • change your optional course selections – by removing a course at a time, and checking to see if the option you wish to take now appears in the drop-down lists.  This will allow you to see which courses are clashing and help you decide which mix of optional courses to select.

 

… but there really is no other optional course I would like to take, what should I do?

The University, for academic reasons, does not recommend that students take clashing courses.  In exceptional circumstances, however, you may use our online form to apply for permission to do so.

Please Note there is no guarantee that you will be given permission and you should look for alternative courses to study should your request be refused.

What are the regulations about changing courses after teaching has begun?

Should you find you have picked a course you do not like, you can change it up to the end of:

  • the second week of teaching for 11 week courses
  • the end of the first week of teaching for 5/6 week courses.

 

Our User Guide explains how to make changes to your course choices.

 

Please note: the deadline for changing Sixth Century Courses is 5.00pm on Friday of the first week of teaching.

Your class certificate will be valid for the academic year in which you took the course and the academic year immediately following.

How will I pick my labs, tutorial and/or practicals?

After you have selected your courses, you will be able to log into MyTimetable* to choose and sign up for your tutorials, practicals and labs (if applicable) and finalise your personal timetable. MyTimetable will guide you through this process via step-by-step online help. You can access MyTimetable on your phone, tablet or PC, as well as subscribe to it on Android, iPhone or Outlook. Please ensure you have completed course selection, received a confirmation email, and have waited 2-3 hours before trying to login to MyTimetable.

*with the exception of students on programmes who use MyMBChB, MyBDS, MyPA and MyMedSci

What if all the tutorial slots for my course are full?

When logged into MyTimetable, click on the “Report A Problem” button at the right hand side of the navigation menu. A popup window will appear asking you a number of questions to direct your enquiry to the correct team. For question one, answer “All available classes for a course are full”. For question 2, select the affected course that you are having issues enrolling in. Finally, add any additional information in the text box provide for question three. Once you have answered all the questions, click the “Send Report” button which will direct your enquiry to the relevant team. Regularly check your university issued email address as we will respond to your enquiry via email as soon as possible.

Why does the “Timetable Clash Checker” not show any information?

The Timetable Clash Checker shows the first week of teaching by default. If there are no classes scheduled for that week the timetable displayed will be blank. Clicking on the arrow at the top right of the timetable will allow you to move the timetable display forwards by one week. Clicking on the arrow at the top left of the timetable will move the timetable display back one week. Use these navigation controls to view all scheduled classes for your courses clash search results.

Why are my lectures showing at such strange times in the “Timetable Clash Checker” (Course Overlay Tool)?

Please note that the class times displayed in the Timetable Clash Checker are in your computer's local time zone. To view UK class times, please make sure your computer's time zone is set to London/UK.

What if I do not have a prerequisite for a compulsory course?

In some instances you will, exceptionally, been granted a waiver to allow you to take the higher level compulsory course. You will know that you have been given a waiver as the words "Prerequisite Waiver Applied" will appear next to the course title on the MyCurriculum screen.

 

If you have not already been granted a waiver, the options available to you are:

  1. transfer to a programme where you hold the necessary prerequisites for the courses;
  2. seek a waiver to allow you to take the higher level compulsory course; or
  3. retake or resit the prerequisite course (This may involve you repeating all or part of your previous academic year.)

 

To apply for a prerequisite waiver, please complete a waiver form and send to the relevant School contact using the MyCurriculum Support system.

 

Please note that:

  • a waiver will only be granted where there is good reason for your failure to pass the prerequisite course, and
  • you are still required to pass the prerequisite course before graduating.

What if I do not have a pre-requisite for a non-compulsory course?

You are not able to take a non-compulsory course without holding the necessary prerequisite(s) and must choose another course instead.

…. but there really is no other optional course I would like to take, what should I do?

The University for academic reasons does not recommend that students take optional courses for which they do not have the pre-requisites.  In exceptional circumstances, however, you may apply for a waiver to allow you to take the course.

Please Note:  there is no guarantee that you will be given a pre-requisite waiver and you should look for alternative courses to study should your request be refused.

What if I want to take more than the normal credit load (normally 120 credits for full-time study)?

A full-time undergraduate degree programme normally consists of 120 credit points per academic year. Some degrees require a different number of credit points to be taken and MyCurriculum takes account of this.

If you are carrying a shortfall of credits from a previous year this will also be taken account of in MyCurriculum.

In exceptional circumstances the University will allow a student to take up to a maximum of 30 extra credit points.  This is called a non-standard credit load.

If you wish to take extra credits, please complete our Non-Standard Credit Load form and send to the relevant School contact using the MyCurriculum Support system.

Please note:  There are risks associated with taking a higher than normal credit load and these are set out on the back of the form.  Please make sure that you read these.

If the School approves your request they will make the necessary changes to your course registration and contact you to tell you that this has been done.

What if I want to take less than the normal credit load (normally 120 credits for full-time study)?

A full-time undergraduate degree programme normally consists of 120 credit points per academic year. Some degrees require a different number of credit points to be taken and MyCurriculum takes account of this.

In exceptional circumstances the University will allow a student to take up to a maximum of 30 extra credit points.  This is called a non-standard credit load.

If you wish to take less credits than normal for your degree please complete our Non-Standard Credit Load form and send to the relevant School contact using the MyCurriculum Support system.

Please note:  There are risks associated with taking less than normal credit load and these are set out on the back of the form.  Please make sure that you read these.

If the School approves your request, your Registry Officer will make the necessary changes to your course registration and contact you to tell you that this has been done.

Can I upgrade to Honours?

In most cases, excluding Integrated Masters (MChem, MEng, MSci, MGeol) you will automatically be upgraded to Honours if you have achieved the required credit points and all prescribed and prerequisite courses for your degree.

Why have I been transferred to a Designated/Non Honours degree?

You will not have achieved the required credit points or prescribed courses to enter Honours on your chosen degree programme. Please use the Credit Point Calculator for further information.

I previously withdrew from study – can I return?

You can apply to be readmitted to study. You can find all the relevant information, including our Readmission form and deadlines on our webpage. Please note that re-admission is not guaranteed and you must apply by the deadline.

How do I withdraw from study?

We do not wish for our students to leave but we understand that there are often valid reasons why you might need to leave your studies.  If you wish to withdraw from study please complete a withdrawal form.

Can I resit exams as an external candidate?

If you have a valid class certificate you can apply for reassessment.  Further information can be found at Reassessment.

What is a valid class certificate?/How do I know if I hold a valid class certificate?

As long as you have not withdrawn from a course or received a C7 for a course, you will hold a valid class certificate.

Your class certificate will be valid for the academic year in which you took the course and the academic year immediately following.

Can I study abroad?

Please find all the information about studying abroad on our Go Abroad website.

Can I upgrade to an Integrated Masters?

If you would like to upgrade to an Integrated Masters degree (MChem, MEng, MSci, MGeol) you must complete an application for Internal Transfer.

 

Please be aware that:

  • transfers into an Integrated Masters programme will normally only be considered before the end of programme year 3 and
  • progress into programme year 5 of an Integrated Masters degree is not guaranteed even if a transfer is approved.

Can I speak to someone about my studies?

Registry Officers will be available in the MacRobert Building during Registration Week and weeks one and two of teaching.  Outwith Registration Week you can visit the Duty Registry Officer in the Infohub.

Registry Officer using the MyCurriculum Support system or visit the Infohub for assistance.

Do I have enough credits to progress?

Please work through the Credit Point Calculator to find out.

I have failed a course which is a prerequisite for a compulsory course. What do I do?

If you have failed a course which is a prerequisite for a compulsory course you cannot progress until you have either:

  • passed the course or
  • received a prerequisite waiver.

Your Registry Officer will liaise with your School to request a waiver on your behalf. If your School does not grant this request we will send you an email to outline your options. Please refer to the Catalogue of Courses if you are unsure if your course is a prerequisite.

I have failed a compulsory course.  What do I do?

If you have failed a course which is compulsory for your degree, you may still be able to progress into the next year of your degree depending on the amount of credits you currently have. Please work through the Credit Point Calculator to find out.

If you have enough credits to proceed, but are still missing a compulsory course, you MUST either apply for the resit assessment or take the course again in the coming academic year, timetable permitting.  Further information can be found at Reassessment.

Please note: Failure to pass a compulsory course may prevent you from being able to graduate.

I have failed a course – do I need to re-register or resit the course?

If you have a valid class certificate you can apply for resits via the Online Store. Further information can be found at Reassessment.

I have been told that I cannot progress to the next year of study.  How do I make a case for special consideration so that I can progress?

If you feel you have been disadvantaged during your studies by circumstances outwith your control (such as a medical condition or family bereavement) you may wish to ask the Students’ Progress Committee to give your case special consideration.  More information on the process, including the deadline for submission of cases can be found on our Applying for Special Consideration webpage.

I have repeated a year of study but still do not have enough credits to progress to the next year of study.  How do I make a case for special consideration so that I can progress?

If you feel you have been disadvantaged during your studies by circumstances outwith your control (such as a medical condition or family bereavement) you may wish to ask the Students’ Progress Committee to give your case special consideration.  More information on the process, including the deadline for submission of cases can be found on our Applying for Special Consideration webpage.

I have credits from previous study – can these count towards my current credit total?

If you would like to apply for recognition of your prior studies you can do so using our online form.

Glossary of Terms
Academic Year
The academic year is shown as a single year, eg 2017, which refers to the academic year from September 2016 to June 2017.
Catalogue of Courses
The Catalogue of Courses contains details of all courses taught in the University, except those for the degrees of MBChB.  These courses have been organised to fit a flexible, modular teaching structure which is arranged in half-sessions.  Most courses are of one half-session's duration, involving eleven teaching weeks followed by an examination period, although some courses are shorter or longer. The Catalogue should be read in conjunction with the degree regulations which are published in the University Calendar. Please note: all courses are listed in the Catalogue, however some may not be available for the coming year.
Course Codes
Each course is allocated a code which consists of two letters, two numbers and two further characters. The first two letters represent the discipline or subject group responsible for teaching the course. The first numerical digit indicates the level at which a course is normally taught. The second digit indicates the point in the session at which a course starts, 0 for the first half-session and 5 for the second half-session. Unless otherwise stated, courses will conclude by the end of the half-session in which they begin. Where a course has two codes this will normally indicate that the course can be offered in either half-session e.g. AC 2019/2519. The final two characters are normally only used to differentiate courses and have no particular meaning.
Course Coordinator
The course coordinator is the member of staff responsible for organising the course. There could be more than one.
Credit Point
A credit point is the outcome of learning achieved by an average student through 10 notional hours of learning time.  These are usually in multiples of 5.
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit weighting of courses is half the number of Aberdeen University Credit Points stated in the Catalogue.  On successful completion, ERASMUS students undertaking supervised project work at first degree level will be eligible for the award of 0.5 ECTS Credit Points for each week of full-time study up to a maximum of 30 in any half-session.
Method of Assessment
Methods of assessment are the arrangements for exams and continuous or other assessment. The weighting given to such methods in the overall assessment of the course is indicated in brackets e.g. 1 two hour examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%).
Requisites
For entry to a course, students must possess the pre-requisite and satisfy the co-requisite (if any) as they are stated in the Course Catalogue. A pre-requisite is a course which is required for entry. A co-requisite is a course which must be taken at the same time. An anti-requisite is a course which cannot be taken with this course. Some Level 1 courses will have pre-requisites.
University Calendar
The University Calendar contains the regulations for all degrees and other awards and the schedule of prescribed courses that must be taken for each programme.  Students must also comply with the overall credit requirement for their particular degree. These are set out in the Supplementary Regulations for each degree in the University Calendar.