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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Using the Module Search Function


Note that you can combine any of the search features together. For example, it is possible to search for level 4 open modules in History with the keyword "Ireland".


This search feature allows you to search through every module in the module database. The search looks in the text of the module title, and the aims, content and learning outcomes.

The search will look for an exact match between what you type and what is contained in the text, though the search is not case sensitive. For example, a search for "human diversity" would locate a module which contained the exact text "human diversity" (or "Human Diversity") but not one which contained the text "human origins and diversity", as the match is not exact.

Also, you should note that the search will identify words that form parts of longer words. For example, a search on the word "sport" will also find modules that contain the word "transport".


This feature allows the search to be restricted to modules at any particular level.


This drop down menu allows you to restrict your search to a single department.


The database may be searched according to the type of module. An Open module is one which may be taken by any student in any faculty studying on any degree programme provided that they meet the pre-requisites. A Tied module is a module which is only available to students studying on a particular degree programme(s).


You may restrict a search to modules of a particular size.

Module Code

If you already know the module code of the module you are looking for, you may jump straight to its description by entering the code. This search too is not case sensitive.