Widening Horizons Modules

A Widening Horizon Module (WHM) is a module that can be taken alongside your main degree programme, allowing you to explore a different discipline during your undergraduate studies. For information on the modules available for 2018/2019 please refer to the WHM booklet 2018/19 (PDF - 774 KB).

Who can take a Widening Horizon Module?

Undergraduate students are required to complete 120 credits each year of their degree programme, but in some cases your home Department will only provide you with 100 credits each year.

  • Students who are required to make the remaining credit up must register for a WHM.

  • Not all students need to take a WHM. Please ensure that you have checked to see if your degree programme requires you to register for one. Please view a list of programmes (PDF - 89 KB) that require you to take a WHM.  However, this list is not fully exhaustive so if you are in any doubt, please contact your home Department for confirmation.

Module Outside of Main Discipline for Continuing Students

Continuing students are not expected to come to the WHM Event. Widening Horizons modules are primarily for 1st year undergraduate students and are not available for continuing students. However, depending on your programme of study, you may wish to take a Module Outside of Main Discipline (MOMD) in your third year of your degree programme. Please note that MOMDs are not offered in 2018/19 to 2nd Year students.  From 2019/20 onwards there will also be no MOMDs offered to final year students. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to register for a MOMD, contact your home department. For information on the available MOMDs please refer to: Level H MOMDs for 2018/19 (PDF - 491 KB).

You must also register your choice with the Department or School supplying the MOMD, and tell your own Department or School which module you have registered for. 

Registering for your WHM

If you are a first year student, you can submit your WHM choices during Welcome Week. Online registration will open from 09:00 on Monday 24 September and closes on Friday 28 September at 09:00. The registration form will be available here and accessible from the dates above.

You will receive a confirmation email of your choices shortly after sending your submission.


How do I choose a module?

The LC (Year 1) WHM 2018/19 handbook (PDF - 774 KB) provides a summary of each module that is offered for 2018/19. To help you choose wisely, please consider the following:


  • Module enrolment is not done on a first-come first-served basis. Where there are more applications than there are places, allocation will be random to be fair to all. 
  • Please do not list the same module more than once. This will not give you a greater chance of being enrolled on it. 
  • Please do not choose a module offered by the Department your degree programme belongs to. You will not be allocated to a place on a WHM from your home department.
  • If you are submitting a Languages for All module as one of your choices, you are required to attend a language assessment session at the WHM Event which will take place on Thursday 27 September 2018.
  • You must submit a second, third and fourth choice. These must be different modules and not from your home department.

When can I attend the WHM event?

All first year students taking WHMs will be invited to attend the WHM Event where representatives of the Departments running modules will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The WHM event will take place on Thursday 27 September 2018 in the Great Hall, Aston Webb. Doors will open at 10:30 and close at 15:30.

What happens if a WHM is oversubscribed?

In most cases, you will be able to register for your preferred WHM. However, some modules have a limited number of spaces due to the teaching space available. Where this is the case, students will be allocated at random according to their second, third and fourth choices to fill the number of places available. To increase your chances of obtaining a module you are interested in, please select four different modules as choosing the same module multiple times will be considered one submission.


Modules are not allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. Where a module has received more applications than it has places, students will be randomly assigned after WHM Registration has taken place, based on their second, third and fourth choices. You will be able to check your module registrations on my.bham portal after 16:30 on Saturday 29 September 2018 to confirm which modules they are registered for.

If you are not given a place on your first choice of WHM, you will be allocated your second, third or possibly fourth choice WHM, provided there are places available. 

What do I do if I miss the deadline for WHM submission?

The deadline for WHM submission is 09:00 on Friday 28 September 2018. If you do not submit your choices by this date, you will have an opportunity to pick up a WHM from the remaining places available after the random allocation has been completed. All students in this position will be notified on Monday 1 October 2018 with instruction of what you will need to do next.

We advise strongly that you take time to submit your choices by the 28 September 2018 to enhance your chances of securing your preferred module. 

What do I do if I want to change my WHM?

It is possible to change your module providing that you do so within the first two weeks of Autumn term.  For more information on how to change, contact whmenquires@contacts.bham.ac.uk. The deadline to change your WHM is Friday 12 October 2018. After this date, no students will be able to change their WHM without exceptional circumstances.

I am an Incoming Exchange student. Can I take a WHM?

Study abroad/exchange students who are studying one semester only are not eligible to register for a WHM. Students who are attending UoB for both semester 1 and 2 must enrol for a full credit load (60 credits per term taken in terms one and two) Erasmus students must take at least 50% of their modules within their host department.  Students may contact the exchange tutor in each department for information about modules offered in that department, but are also encouraged to attend WHM Registration 2018 to seek advice for any WHM they wish to study and then will be required to submit their choices via the online form.

For further guidance on making appropriate module choices please speak to the exchange tutor in your host department.

I am Joint Honours student. Can I choose a WHM?

No, Joint Honours students are not eligible for WHMs due to the requirements of Joint Honours programmes. However, if you have transferred from Joint Honours to Single Honours and your programme now requires you to sign up for a Widening Horizons Module, please contact whmenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


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