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.

Guidance is available for students on how to select open units.

Staff in Departments/Schools should email ssio-systems@bristol.ac.uk.