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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Glossary of Terms


Credits are gained when a student has satisfied the Board of Examiners in respect of the asssessment requirements for the module concerned (i.e. when you pass a module). The credit value for each module is indicated in the module description, and in the relevant degree regulations.


Requirements that need to have been fulfilled before a student can register for the module. They are supplementary to general entry requirements. Some examples of prerequisites include: specifc subjects or grades at A-level, a specific total A-level score, specific GCSE subjects or grades, titles of any modules at a lower level which must already have been satisfactorily completed (i.e. passed).


Modules that must be taken in the same academic year as the selected module.

Open Module:

A module that is available to any student following any programme offered by any Board of Studies who can satisfy the prerequisites.

Tied Module:

A module that is only available to students studying on a particular degree programme(s).


A stage of study within a degree programme, generally referring to the year in which a particular module would be studied (e.g. 1, 2, 3 or 4). Each level consists of 120 credits, the completion of which enables a student to progress to the next level of their degree programme.

If you have a query about a specific module or degree programme, please contact the appropriate department.

If you have a question about Durham's modular degree programmes, please visit our FAQ webpage. If you have a question about modular programmes that is not covered by the FAQ, or a query about the on-line Faculty Handbook, please contact us using the Comments and Questions form below.