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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE9001 Study Year Abroad

120 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Jon Mound

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto the third year of an MEnv, MGeol, or MGeophys study abroad programme

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module covers the School's 'International' study year abroad programmes for the MEnv, MGeol, and MGeoPhys programmes.
Objectives are to:
- expose students to a different culture and style of teaching, including, where appropriate, learning a foreign language
- provide opportunities for independent study with world-class research staff at our partner institutions
- provide access to courses, subjects and fieldwork opportunities outside the scope of the equivalent BSc/BA programmes.
- prepare students to return to Leeds and take masters-level courses by enhancing the depth of knowledge in their subject
- prepare students for the world of work by providing opportunities for personal development and travel.


During their time at an overseas University, students are required to take a similar number of credits as would be taken by the average student at the University in each academic year, approximately 75% of which should be at a level appropriate to a student entering level 3 at Leeds University. The number of credits required to be taken at various levels is defined in a Learning Contract specific for each partner institution, and the final programme and any changes are subject to approval by nominated staff at Leeds.

The number and level of credits required to pass the year is also defined in the Learning Contract, which may in some cases define a pass-fail level in individual modules. A somewhat lower credit load (following Study Abroad Office guidelines) may be allowed at foreign language institutions where the student is taking non- credited language classes.

Approximately 25% of modules taken can be general electives or lower level courses; these will not normally be included in mark translation.

Marks at the overseas institution will be translated into a single Leeds mark according to a formula specific to each partner institution, and defined in the Learning Contract. If the student fails the year abroad by failing to gain the required number of credits they will be transferred onto the equivalent BSc/BA programme and will take a 'normal' 3rd year at Leeds.

Pastoral Care:
Pastoral care during the year abroad is undertaken in partnership with the Leeds Study Abroad Office. Students are provided with individual log books and Learning Contracts to record their module choices and learning experiences. Contact between the student and SEE is maintained by e-mail and involves the Study Abroad Manager (academic), nominated administrative staff, and the Personal Tutor

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Support by Host Establishment00.001,200.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours1,200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)1,200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Maintaining contact with home School. Assessment will take place in host institution.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentEach individual course taken at the exchange University is assessed at the exchange University by a combination of coursework and examination. Marks are returned to Leeds and a weighted average of these marks is used to obtain an overall grade for this module. Students are provided with copies of the mark translation schemes.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Re-sit arrangements for the individual modules sat abroad will be determined according to the rules of the host institution.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:50


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