IOE Student Helpdesk


Module Selection

Guidance on how to select and register for modules, including important deadlines and other information.

Module Selection

All students who are pre-enrolled, enrolled, un-certain progression (ie students whose progression is dependent on the outcome of LSA), waiting to enrol can take part in module selection. 

There are three types of module selection student: 

  • Students who have one or more optional/elective module to choose: these students have been emailed with a link to select their modules on Portico. 
  • Students on all compulsory / non-condonable compulsory programmes: these students have been emailed that they can log onto Portico to view their modules 
  • Students who are excluded from module registration: these students have been emailed that they can view any modules which may be relevant for their programme on Portico 

From now on, as new students are transferred from Admissions, they will be emailed separately to pre-enrol and take part in module selection depending on their module selection type as above.

How to Register for a Module

Step 1: Access module registration

You will have received an email inviting you to module registration. A small number of students have experienced problems using this link. If you can't access module registration via the link, you can login to Portico directly using your UCL user ID and password. The link to module registration is on the 'My Studies' page.

Step 2: Study plans

Before selecting modules, you’ll be asked some questions about how you plan to study this year. To help your department plan teaching you will be asked whether you intend to study on campus (attending in person teaching where it is offered) or remotely during term one.

If you are coming to campus, we’ll ask you to let us know when. You can update your answers by logging into Portico and clicking on the 'Study Intentions' container.

Step 3: Register for a module

The following tutorial shows step-by-step guidance on how to select and register for a module.

Check out the UCL Module Catalogue for comprehensive information about all modules taught at UCL, including module content and assessment patterns.

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You should use the UCL Online Timetable to check for clashes. There is a link to the common timetable from the module registration area on Portico.

Step 4: Wait for approval

To know whether if you have been accepted on to a selected module, you can check the approval status of your module selections in the 'My Modules' area on Portico. You will be notified by email when your selections are either approved or declined. If a selection is declined, the email will include details of why this has happened – for example, the module may be full, or you may not meet the prerequisites for studying on the module.

Departments will aim to approve module selections as soon as is practically possible but in some cases there may be a short delay. This is sometimes inevitable given the large number of students across UCL (over 50,000) and the complexity of the programmes and modules we offer. If you have any queries you should contact your 'parent' department.

Step 5: What to do if your module selection is declined

If a module selection is declined, you can add an alternative module in the ‘My Modules’ container on Portico. See the video below for further information.

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Step 6: What to do if you need to change a module after completing module registration

Once you have submitted your module selections for the year, your selections will be considered for approval. Once your modules are fully approved, you will be able to see a 'Request change of module' button in the 'My Modules' container on Portico. See the video below for further information.

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To learn more about modules selection, including information about approval, waiting lists, and registration for affiliate students, please visit Module Registration.

Further guidance can be found here - Module Registration.