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. Modules for 2018/19 will be confirmed soon.

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 are required to make the remaining credit up must register for an WHM.

  • Not all students need to take an 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

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 be required to take a Module Outside of Main Discipline (MOMD) in the second, third or even fourth year of your degree programme. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to register for a MOMD, contact your home department.

Choosing your module

The LC (Year 1) WHM 2017/18 handbook provides a summary of each module that was offered for 2017/18. Modules for 2018/19 will be confirmed soon. 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 in September.
  • You must submit a second, third and fourth choice.

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.

Registering your WHM

If you are a first year student, you can submit your WHM choices during Welcome Week using the online form. The online form will be available in September.

Registering for an MOMD

Continuing students are not expected to come to the WHM Event. Instead, module information will be made available online in the spring term each year, and it will be up to you to take the time to review the modules on offer, and approach the module contact directly.

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. 

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.


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 23 September 2017 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. 

Help and support

If you need help and support please see our FAQs on Student Help, where you can also sbmit an online enquiry, or contact us by email.

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