Academic credit

Credit from London Metropolitan University will be shown on your transcript as:

  • UK credits (15 per semester-long module or 30 per year-long module)
  • ECTS (7.5 per semester-long module or 15 per year-long module)

Each 15 UK credit module is worth three US credits but this will not be shown on the transcript. Instead, you will receive a suggested grade conversion chart which will also state the credit worth of the modules.

You'll take four classes per semester and receive a transcript of results when you complete the semester or year. Our courses have received top marks from the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency and many are accredited by a wide range of professional bodies, giving your qualification extra weight. 

Modules at London Met are taught either over a full year or a semester. Modules that are taught over a year usually run from early October to May and are worth 30 credits. These are usually followed by examinations. Modules that are taught over a semester are worth 15 credits. Modules that run in the autumn semester are typically assessed through coursework and end in January, while modules that run during the spring are normally assessed through examinations.

Many first-year modules last for a full year so there will be less provision for semester students to be able to take first-year modules. Some of our academic schools offer you the opportunity to take half of some year-long modules as well as semester-long modules. If the possibility does exist to take half a year-long module you must check in which semester it will be offered (autumn, spring or both) and whether the syllabus being taught in that semester will be relevant to you. 30-credit modules offering the option to leave or arrive halfway through will be indicated with the letters A or S (meaning autumn or spring) in the module code.

You will need to take four modules per semester, which is the equivalent of 30 ECTS or 12 US credits. If you are only staying for a semester, you will need to check that the possibility exists to take four single-semester modules.

If you are a European Exchange student, your module choices should be from the department at your home university that has the exchange link with us.

Please note: Spending the final semester of your degree at London Met requires careful consideration as you may not receive your results in time to graduate at your home university at the end of your semester abroad.

Time slots

Please pay particular attention to when each module is taught as you will not be able to take two modules that are being taught in the same timeslot. For example, if two modules run on a Wednesday afternoon, you'll only be able to study one of these. Time slots are given instead of actual class times and are as follows:

  • am (classes occurring between 9am and 1pm)
  • pm (classes occurring between 1pm and 6pm)
  • pm+ (classes occurring between 6pm and 9pm)

Please note that changes to the timings of classes may occur and occasionally modules are cancelled. Your seminar may not follow your lecture directly – it could take place before or after your lecture or even on a different day. Seminar groups are allocated automatically and cannot be chosen.

Study levels

There are three different module levels:

  • C – Certificate level – first-year modules (4000 numbers)
  • I – Intermediate level – second-year modules (5000 numbers)
  • H – Higher level – third-year modules (6000 numbers)

You can study modules at any of these levels as long as your home university approves the choice and you have already covered the material taught in any prerequisite modules listed. If a prerequisite is not stated it does not mean that the module is open to everyone. Second and third-year classes assume that the first (and second if applicable) year has been spent studying that subject. Therefore, if you are looking at second and third-year modules you must have a significant amount of experience in that subject area. If you are from an American or Japanese university, please bear in mind that second-year classes in your home country are equivalent to first-year modules in the UK.

Final year modules (6000 level) require a serious commitment from you and your tutors will expect a much higher level of written work, background reading and class contribution. You will be expected to spend around 40 hours per week studying, only about 12 of which will be spent in class.

Module restrictions

If your home university agrees to credit transfer and you meet the prerequisites, you can take most of the modules on offer. However, there are some that:

  • are only available if you are studying here for a full year
  • are off limits – these are classes that are based around placements or are part of an accredited degree and therefore are not open to study abroad students including some architecture, early years teaching and social work modules. Similarly, postgraduate modules such as those with a module code that is in the 7000 range and foundation modules with a module code that is in the 3000 range are also unavailable
  • require approval – these are classes that we may be able to place you in if you major or minor in this area but we need to seek departmental approval on a case-by-case basis
  • are very difficult – study abroad students have struggled in the past with our accounting classes and with law modules as there is significant emphasis on English law. If you are interested in taking classes in these areas please email us for advice

Please choose your modules from the listings on the Study Abroad web pages rather than from the module catalogue as off-limits classes will already have been discarded.