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Help with MyCurriculum - Getting Started

Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any problems accessing our online services, please visit myit.abdn.ac.uk where you can log a ticket and find solutions. Alternatively, you can contact the IT Service Desk by email: servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk. Please include as much details as possible.

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.

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.

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 make a course change in MyCurriculum and confirm this by completing the Terms and Conditions, 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.

You can find information about:

If your query relates to the content of a course, please contact the School Office by clicking on the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of this page. In answer to the question "What do you need help with?" choose "Course Information" from the drop down list.

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

Please note:

  • You MUST have completed  Online Registration and have a University username and password to log in to MyCurriculum.
  • If you are unsure of who will be paying your fees, or are unable to pay your fees, when you first access Online Registration, please complete the Personal Details, Course of Study and IT sections. As long as all these sections are completed, you will be able to access MyCurriculum to make your course selections. There is a wait between completing Online Registration and being able to access MyCurriculum. At busy times it can take up to 2 hours between completing Online Registration and being able to access 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.

New students studying online will not complete Online 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 Online Registration as in previous academic years and will not use MyCurriculum for course selection with the exception of a small number of programmes in the School of Education. Please contact the School in which you are studying in regard to registering for courses or the Online Learning Team at onlinelearning@abdn.ac.uk for any general queries.

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

You should complete Online 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 Online Registration and accessing MyCurriculum.

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

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

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 Online Registration and being able to log in to MyCurriculum. If you have just completed Online Registration, 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 with MyCurriculum Support, by clicking on the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of the page, 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.

Science students may count no more than 30 credits from non-Science courses in each of levels 1 and 2 and 30 credits across levels 3 and 4 towards their degree.

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

MyCurriculum is the University's online course selection system. The system will step you through the process of selecting the courses for your degree. 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.

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 is 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.

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.
  • you are not studying at the correct level to take the course. For example: you are a level 1 student and the course is open only to students in level 2, OR you are a level 3 student and the course is open only to students in levels 1 or 2, OR you are a Postgraduate student and the course is only open to undergraduate students;
  • 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. If you believe you have an exceptional circumstance and wish to apply to take a clashing course, please click the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of this page. In answer to the question “What do you need help with?” choose “Take Clashing Course” from the drop down list.

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.

You should complete Online 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 Online Registration and accessing MyCurriculum.

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

Only campus-based students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, including taught MRes 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 New Students web page.

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?

A class certificate is your entitlement to take the end of the course assessments for a course you are studying.

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 you have failed a course from a previous year and wish to reattend rather than resitting 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 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 by clicking on the "No, I need more help" button at the bottom of this page 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).

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.

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.

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