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Optional Modules

Choosing modules

Modules are the individual units of study which lead to the award of credit. MA EMS students take 60 credits of optional modules.

When choosing your optional modules you will need to:

  • ask permission from the department/College who is offering the module.
  • make sure that your modules don’t clash. You can find out when a module takes place on the online timetable by using the custom search function. You should also make sure that your course load is balanced in both terms.

You can choose from a wide range of options from across the College. These are grouped under suggested 'pathways', but you are free to pick and choose between different groups.

Crossing the Channel: Early Modern England in a global context
Expanding Horizons: Exploration, Circulation and Discovery
From Dust to Digital: : Navigating the Early Modern Archive
Not just Shakespeare: Early Modern Literature
In too deep? Early Modern Political Thought
Origins of the Early Modern: Medieval links
The Order of Things: Visual and Material Culture


Please be aware that departments are entitled to give priority to their own students in allocating module places. After that places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact the relevant departmental administrator to reserve a space as soon as possible, and before registering for a module on Portico.

Intercollegiate modules: Modules can be taken from other Colleges such as King's College London History department or the Warburg Institute. Places are limited so you should reserve a space as soon as possible.

Questions? FAQs about choosing modules and enrolling

Registering modules

Once you have formally enrolled at UCL, you need to register your module choices on Portico. Please register your modules as soon as you can. You should submit your choices before the end of the first week of term. To register your modules on Portico, you must have opened your UCL computer account. The UCL webpage Select Modules explains how register your modules.

Modular/Flexible Taught Postgraduate students may be unable to pay their fees until they have registered their modules.