All Brunel University London’s courses have been designed so that they are made up of study and assessment blocks (modules) worth 10 to 30 credits each. Levels 6 and 4 (pre-masters) may include a major project, worth up to 40 credits. You will build these modules up, usually gaining at least 120 credits per year, until you complete at least 360 credits to achieve an Honours degree.
There are some exceptions to this pattern:
Those undertaking a MEng qualification will study for a further year. This year, Level 4, will include advanced modules and group projects;
If you do not complete your degree programme, you may be eligible to receive a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) with 120 credits or a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) with 240 credits;
Periods of work placement that form an integral part of your degree programme attract up to 120 further credits and may lead to a separate award title (although this does not apply to Education);
Since each module has a credit value, Brunel University London is able to participate in national and international credit accumulation and transfer schemes.
Most programmes are offered in a modular format and each module is credit-related by the University. Modules have a credit rating of multiples of five, with the dissertation usually valued at a minimum of 60 credits.
A total of at least 180 credits will normally be required to successfully complete most Master's courses, at least 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma, and a minimum of 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate.
The University also encourages students to register for individual modules. You may then use the credits acquired towards an award-bearing course at the University or elsewhere (credit accumulation and transfer). The University may grant some exemptions for admission to its own courses (at the discretion of the relevant Course Directors) on the basis of credits achieved or work completed elsewhere.
Students wishing to enter the University with credit exemptions for prior learning or experience should apply, in the first instance, to the Course Director. The University will not normally grant exemptions for more than half the taught credits required for an award of the University at postgraduate level.
If you are considering transferring to another University or you require more information on Transfer of Credit procedure, please contact your Department.