Student Minors Fair – we will be running a Minors Fair on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 4pm-6pm in the Event Tent in the UCL Main Courtyard. This fair is intended to give year 1 students an opportunity to ask questions about the Minors and to help students make their final decision.

Year 1 students will choose a minor stream that allow them to gain a grounding in another engineering or relevant discipline or an interdisciplinary topic by offering a coherent set of three 0.5 course-unit modules allowing an introduction to a field as well as an opportunity to cover an interdisciplinary topic to reasonable depth. The minors currently proposed enable students to study, in depth, in a broad range of subjects.

  • Module 1: Takes place in Year 2 Term 2.
  • Module 2: Takes place in Year 3 Term 1.
  • Module 3: Takes place in Year 3 Term 2.

Once you have reviewed all the available minors please follow the link below to indicate which minor you intend to take next year. You will be asked to choose your top two minors.

IEP Minor choice Moodle Poll.


Why are we being asked to choose now in the Minors Poll on moodle?

It is very difficult to know for sure how popular all the Minor options available will be. To allow us to make sure we book rooms that are the right size and make other preparations for the new academic year we are asking you to make a preliminary choice by the end of term 2 of the first year. Second year options are confirmed at the start of the second year.

What if I want to change my mind later?

As this is only preliminary information we will not lock you into the choices you make now. Wherever possible we will allow people to change. However, in some cases this may only be if there is space in the module you wish to change to, as we will be planning based on this first set of numbers. In this case priority will be given to those that selected it in the preliminary selection.

I’m thinking of taking a year abroad, what happens to the minor?

You should select your minor option now. If you are successful in your application to study abroad in your third year (not in Chemical and Biochemical this option is in the 4th year) you will study the first module of the minor in your second year. On your return you can choose to complete the remaining modules of your minor but will not be forced to.

Do all programmes have minors?

A small number of programmes within those that make up the IEP do not. This is typically where there is already an additional element, such as Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) where the Business Finance modules form the minor.

Why a set of three modules? 

The intention of the minor is that it allows you to explore another topic to a certain depth. We found in many areas that the pre-requisites required to study modules in the 3rd year, where we typically see this depth, restricted them to a small number of students. The second year modules allows a much wider range of students to access these modules and allow a much broader range of topics to be covered.

Why these topics?

Departments were asked to develop minor options that would be appealing to a range of students from across the faculty. In addition, we specifically set topics outside the main engineering subjects, such as languages, management or entrepreneurship. The minors are designed to be in areas of our interdisciplinary research strengths to provide opportunities to learn from the world-leading research staff in their specialist areas.

Does the minor change my degree title?

No, your degree title doesn’t change because of the minor you choose.

If I really like the topic of the minor can I study it more?

Many of the minors will give the background knowledge required to study our masters level modules in the 4th year.

Can I change my minor once I’ve started?

As the first module acts as the basis for later modules it is difficult to change between many minors once you are any way into the programme. In exceptional circumstances or if there are very good reasons will do all we can to help you if changes are needed, but you may be restricted in the alternate choices you have. To request a change, please follow this link to complete the required form: IEP Minor Change Request Form. All requests must be submitted before the end of Term 2 in the second year.

How can I get more information?

There will be further events and opportunities to get more detailed information during this 2nd term. For detailed information on a specific minor, the best point of contact is the minor leader, who should be listed on the minors website.

Will there be caps or limits?

We hope that no caps or limits will be required, but there are some Minors which are very popular. Based on the information you provide now (March) we aim to put in place enough resources to meet the demand for all modules. If only a very small number of students select a particular minor we may offer an alternative choice, but we will discuss this with you first.

Why are there exclusions?

There are a few cases where students from certain programmes are not able to select particular minors. This due to the material in that minor overlapping significantly with content that is in the core of the programmes. In some cases this may mean that they are already taking some or all of the modules as compulsory modules.

Choose your minor

Please select your preferred minor – and a reserve choice – using this Moodle page.

Please note you can change your mind on the poll up until the deadline and that you’ll be asked to confirm your selections later in the year.

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