My Top Tips for Choosing Modules

Choosing modules can sometimes be difficult considering there are such a wide range at Essex. If you have core modules, then they are compulsory and you do not get a choice, however optional modules you are free to choose.


In my first year I had all core modules that I had to take, but in my second and third year I had a mixture of core and optional modules.

Sometimes you can choose modules from outside of your department, for example I study Management and Marketing, however I got the choice in my second year to choose any module such as Sociology or French. If you want to do something different and broaden your knowledge, then this is a great way to do that.
Here are my top tips for choosing modules:

  • Choose modules that sound interesting and that you think you will enjoy, this way it encourages you to attend classes and lectures more and hopefully get better marks.
  • Check out what the module involves, for example if you do not like doing presentations or group work but the modules involves this as a method of assessment, then that module may not be right for you.
  • Think about if you prefer coursework or exams. Some modules are 100% coursework based, some are 50% coursework and 50% exam and there are other various percentages. Pick a module that has the right balance for you.
  • Your future career prospects may help you to choose a module. For example, if you know in the future you want to go into Brand Management then you can take Brand Management as a module.
  • On the other hand, if you are not sure of your future career prospects, it may be better to do a wide range of modules to help you make a decision as you can decide on what you enjoy the most.

Here is the link to the University of Essex’s module directory. Here you find all of the modules that the university has to offer and you can see what you might be interested in.

I hope this helps and good luck making your choices!

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