At SOAS, we assign your compulsory modules to your record automatically each year but depending on your programme you may need to select your optional or open modules through module sign up.

Key dates

  • Module Sign-up for returning students will be open 25/03/24 and close 22/04/24.


  • Module Sign-up for new students will be opening in September 2024 (New students will receive an email outlining what to do in early September).

Accessing and choosing modules

Accessing Module Sign-up

Our 'How to use Module Sign-up video shows you how to select your modules. As you'll see in the video, once you have selected your modules you only need to save your choices and log out. 

DO NOT SELECT ‘submit choices', this will create an error message. 

Choosing your modules

To see an expanded list of modules, click on the 'show modules' button at each level. We’ve grouped the modules under:

  1. Core/compulsory modules: automatically chosen for you and cannot be changed.
  2. Optional modules: modules that you can choose from within your Department. 
  3. Open options: these are modules (usually from different Departments) that you can choose from.

We recommend that you work your way down the groups as they are presented on the page – we’ve structured it to correspond with the information on the programme structure.

To choose a modules, tick the box next to it. Please note that sometimes you’ll have to tick the 'group' box above the list first. This applies to groups of open options Modules in particular. If you change your mind at any point, just un-tick the box.



Be sure to enroll in 120 credits each year. The degree requires 360 credits in all, made up of a combination of compulsory modules, optional options, and open options.

For language degrees with a year abroad, the programme requires 480 credits.


Most masters degrees require 180 credits in all, of which 60 are your dissertation (the two year Masters ‘with Intensive Language’ have higher requirements). If you are studying over two years you should enrol in 90 credits each year and if over three years, for 60 credits each year- though this will depend on how many credits you are taking this year. The dissertation would be taken in the final year of part time study.

Try to keep your workload balanced with the same number of credits in each term. This will ensure that you are able to keep up with the requirements. Badly imbalanced credit loads can lead to exhaustion and endanger your ability to progress.

Once you’ve chosen modules worth your total ie.120 or 180 credits you will not be able to choose any more (further tick boxes will not be able to be selected).

Changing your choice

  • To change a selected module, click in the box next to it to remove the tick and choose again.
  • If you have had to click in the group box above the module, you will have to un-tick this too.


Some modules have pre/co-requisites which need to have been taken in previous sessions or the current session. Therefore some modules will not be able to be selected prior to (pre-requisites taken) or after selecting (co-requisites) certain courses.

Saving choices

  • Save choices: click the Save button at the top or bottom of the page to save the choices you have made so far. You will still be able to log back in while the system is open and complete your choices at a later date.
  • DO NOT SELECT ‘submit choices', this will create an error message. 


  • Abandon choices: there is a button to do this at the top and bottom of the page. This abandons only the optional Modules, not the core/compulsory modules (which cannot be changed).

Year abroad students

If you hope to be studying abroad next year, you don’t have to choose your Modules online.

Foundation year students

If you are studying your Foundation year this academic year, we will ask you to make your module choices slightly later, after you have finalised your degree choice and transfer. This will be in line with your re-enrolment in September. 

The small print

Whilst we can’t guarantee that all Modules offered during this sign-up period will be available in the next session, every effort will be made to accommodate student choices and the number of selections made to a particular module may be used to determine this availability. The information will also be used to inform the teaching timetable. It may not be possible to guarantee that all student choices will be achievable.

Please see the current timetable to obtain an idea of how lecture and tutorials may be structured.

Contact us

When deciding on which option or open option to select, students are encouraged to review individual undergraduate/postgraduate module pages. These provide information about the subject area and content, together with Module Convenor contact details.

Your College Student Support team and specifically your Academic advisor are also here to support you with these choices.

You are able to contact Module Convenors and Academic Advisors by email or during online office hours, to discuss suitability of selections in the context of your programme enrolment and academic goals.

If you have any problems with choosing modules (for example, you can't find the module you want to take or you are not sure how to use the system), please contact your College Student Support team via email.