Open Units

An ‘open unit’ is a unit that is outside of the student’s subject discipline and any student can take (i.e. not have any pre- or co-requisites), subject to space and timetabling constraints.

The University's Open Units scheme allows students on undergraduate degree programmes the opportunity to broaden their education by undertaking unit/s outside of their subject discipline. Under the scheme single honours students will normally be able to choose to undertake open unit/s of at least 20 credit points across the programme, except where this is not practicable. The year(s) of study in the programme in which a student can undertake open units will be determined by the academic school in which the degree is based.

Those units that have been identified by academic schools as being particularly suitable to be taken as Open Units by students from any faculty are listed in the Unit Catalogue.

Note: Students are advised to consult their home school when considering choosing Open Units and with questions about registering, timetabling and other general queries.  Please note that the Academic Quality and Policy Office does not manage open units or registrations.  If you have any queries you will need to contact the School which provides the unit.  If you have any problems finding this information you are advised to contact your programme administrator who should be able to help you.

New students should refer to the guidance on how to select open units.


Staff in Departments/Schools should email