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Help with MyCurriculum - Degree Changes and Regulations

Frequently Asked Questions

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 in the weeks commencing the 14th and 21st of September 2020 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 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 in Elphinstone Hall during Welcome Week and the first two week of teaching, Monday to Friday each week. In earlier weeks, you can contact your Registry Officer by clicking on the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of this page or visit the Infohub for assistance.

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.

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.

Please note: If you have been allocated a place on a capped course and wish to keep the place, please take care not to deselect the course. If you do deselect the course and choose it again, there is no guarantee that you will retain your place on the course when the capped course allocations are made. Please contact the MyCurrriculum Support Service if you require further guidance.

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 by email 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 by clicking on the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of this page 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.

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.

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.

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 first week of teaching for 5/6 week courses.
  • the end of the first week of teaching for 5/6 week courses which start in the second half of a semester. These are courses which will have a 3 or an 8 as the fourth character in their code, eg, BI4802.

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.

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.

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 in Elphinstone Hall during Welcome Week and the first two weeks of teaching, Monday to Friday each week. In earlier weeks, you can contact your Registry Officer clicking the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of this page or visit the Infohub for assistance.

Registry Officers will be available in the Elphinstone Hall during Welcome Week and weeks one and two of teaching. Outwith Welcome Week you can visit the Duty Registry Officer in the Infohub.

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

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.

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.

If you would like to upgrade to an Integrated Masters degree (MEng, MSci, MGeol, MPhys) 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.

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.

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.

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