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Noelle Hogan

"My time at Kingston University has been the time of my life. I have met some amazing people from all around the world. Kingston has so many opportunities 
 and experiences that make your study abroad unforgettable."

Noelle Hogan, Richard Stockton College (via Globalinks Learning Abroad) – Spring 2012

Subject areas

Kingston University is particularly well known for its extensive and diverse range of subject areas.There are five faculties (shown below) made up of schools specialising in specific subject areas, most of which are open to Study Abroad students.

Art, Design and ArchitectureArts and Social SciencesBusiness and LawScience, Engineering and ComputingHealth, Social Care and Education*
Architecture and Landscape Economics Business Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering Education
Art and Design History Humanities Law Computing and Information Systems Midwifery and Child Health
Design Performance and Screen Studies   Civil Engineering and Construction Nursing
Fine Art Social Sciences   Geology, Geography and the Environment Paramedic Science
Surveying and Planning     Life Sciences Rehabilitation
Sciences
      Mathematics Radiography
      Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Social Work
      Pharmacy and Chemistry  

*Not available to Study Abroad students

Period of study

The first step is to decide how long you wish to study abroad. There are three possible study options:

Study optionLength Study period
1 Whole year September – June
2 Autumn (fall) September – December
3 Spring semester January – June

The University's standard academic year runs from September to June, with teaching taking place in two semesters.

Modules

Classes at Kingston University are taught as part of a highly structured degree programme made up of individual components called modules. Each module has defined content, contact hours, learning outcomes and assessment.

Modules are measured in credits, and the table below shows how our credits correlate with US semester credit hours and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Study option Kingston creditsUSECTS
1 120 32 60
2/3 60 16 30
  15 4 7.5

Note that some modules have different credit values, dependent upon the length of the module and the intensity of delivery.

For Study Option 1, you will normally enrol for the equivalent of 120 Kingston credits. For options 2 and 3, this figure will be 60 Kingston credits.

Selecting modules

Modules are designed to be studied at certain stages in an undergraduate programme. Consequently, modules are grouped in levels. Each module is coded from 4–6 which indicates its suitability for a first-year, a second-year or a third-year UK student respectively.

UK students generally specialise in secondary (high) school. This is much earlier than, for example, in North America, and as such have normally chosen their major when they enter university. For example, a student studying a psychology degree may typically study 24 modules over three years focusing upon different aspects of psychology. This is very different from a liberal arts curriculum.

The table below shows the correlation between the different systems, where AB = subject code:

UK  education UK FHEQ* US education Kingston module coding Suitability for Kingston module
Final year of secondary (high) school   Freshman year at college/university n/a n/a
First year of university study Level 4 Sophomore AB4000 No prior knowledge (or some introductory for specific areas) in the subject
Second  year of university study Level 5 Junior AB5000 Intermediate level – some relevant background/completion of introductory module
Third and final  year of university study Level 6 Senior AB6000 Advanced level – strong academic background in the subject

*Please note that the UK higher education sector has categorised the main higher education qualifications into levels, and is called the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). These level descriptors (4–6 corresponding to a three-year undergraduate degree programme) are used extensively at Kingston.

If you are a junior or a senior, bear in mind that Level 6 modules are final-year courses taken only by students majoring in the subject. Freshmen and sophomores will not normally be approved to take Level 6 modules.

Tutors in your own academic departments at home can often give advice as to which courses could be of special value to you, and the ESAO team is happy to provide detailed guidance as to which modules will be a good fit to match your background and interests.

You must take a minimum of 12 US (22.5 ECTS) credits in each semester and normally no more than 16.In order to allow for non-availability, non-suitability or a potential timetable clash, it is recommended that you select modules as follows:

Study option Number of modules required in application
1 12 (six first choice, six second choice)
2, 3 8 (at least four first choice, four second choice)

List your selection in order of preference. Please make it clear if you have specific alternatives should your first choice not be available.

All of our modules are under continual review and improvement, so some of the details on this website may have been revised (although we make every effort to keep it up to date). However, an alternative similar module will normally be available and you will be informed of this when an offer is made to you.

Using the module directory

The modules are categorised firstly by faculty, then by subject alphabetically. Within each subject area, modules are listed by level, then chronologically by code.

Below is an example of the typical layout for a module in the module directory.

Module code This identifies the module eg EL5003
Module title The formal name eg Late Medieval to Early Modern Literature
Credits The number of credits that the module is worth in US semester credit hours and in ECTS credits.
Level FHEQ value (between 4–6)
Prerequisites Details any prior knowledge required in order to study the module and/or other Kingston modules which must have been studied previously eg previous study in English Llterature
Suitability This indicates the suitability of a module for your intended study option:

 

  • Study option 1 = whole year
  • Study option 2 = autumn
  • Study option 3 = spring/summer
Eg:
  • Open to suitably qualified students enrolled at Kingston University for study option 1
  • Open to suitably qualified students at Kingston University for study option 2
Course content Explains the academic content of the module
Teaching How the module is taught eg lectures, seminars etc.
Assessment Explains the mechanism(s) for assessing the final grade for the module eg exam, 3,000-word essay

Assessment

Modules have their own specified assessment requirements. These can vary between schools and faculties, but may include a mixture of written papers, examinations, special tests, presentationsor productions, or other practical assignments.

Kingston has one main examination period each year, from late April until the end of May. For students attending for just the fall (autumn) semester (study option 2), and enrolled in modules which are suitable for this length of study, you will be given an alternative method of assessment. Details of these will be available in each module descriptor.

Students attending for the whole academic year (study option 1) or spring semester (study option 3) must complete all coursework and take final examinations held in April/May).

Credit transfer

Unlike the grading system in some international countries, marks in UK universities generally range between 40% (passmark) and 70%. Consequently, a grade of 60-69% is considered very good.

At the end of your study period, the ESAO will produce a transcript showing the US credit value and a letter grading designed to be compatible with the US system, shown below. If you are attending a European institution, we can provide the transcript in ECTS credit instead.

US letter grade Kingston (percentage) Qualitative grade
A+ 80+ Equivalent to UK first class
A 70–79 Equivalent to UK first class
A- 65–69 Equivalent to UK upper second class
B+ 60–64 Equivalent to UK lower second class
B 55–59 Equivalent to UK lower second class
B- 50–54 Equivalent to UK lower second class
C+ 47–49 Equivalent to UK third class
C 43–46 Equivalent to UK third class
C- 40–42 Equivalent to UK third class
D 35–39 Unclassified pass
F Below 35 Fail
I Incomplete Incomplete
W Withdrawn Withdrawn

Learning environment

Teaching methods vary from subject to subject, although most involve a mixture of formal lectures and smaller seminars, which provide the foundation for further independent study. Independent study is a major component of the British education system and you may find this both challenging and rewarding. Other teaching methods include:

  • online references and teaching;
  • language suite work;
  • laboratory work;
  • engineering workshops;
  • computer workshops; and
  • art and design studio work.

Add and drop

During the application process, we take a lot of time to ensure that you have an appropriate study plan of modules when we make you an offer, to ensure that you are correctly matched academically based upon your experience and previous study.

However, when you start your studies at Kingston, if for any reason you are not happy with a particular allocated module, there is an add and drop period of two weeks at the start of the semester to allow you to make minor changes and finalise your choices.

Contact us

European and Study Abroad Office

Contact the team

General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228

Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629

Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

Contact us

European and Study Abroad Office

Contact the team

General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228

Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629

Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

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