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Online Option Choice - FAQs

Online Option Choice Student Guidance

Step-by-step instructions

Click 'Open Guide' to see our guidance document to take you through the process for selecting your optional modules using the online option choice system.

Open Guide

This page offers guidance and advice for students who are selecting their optional modules using the online option choice system.  Find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about online option choice, as well as a step-by-step guide for using the system.

General Information

What is online optional module choice? 

Online option choice is part of Self Service Banner. It gives you the opportunity to select your preferred optional modules online for the upcoming academic year (eligible programmes only). 

How can I get guidance for using the online option choice system? 

We have created a user guide to take you through the process step-by-step, which you can download by clicking the 'Open Guide' button at the top of this page. 

When is online option choice available? 

For continuing students, the open period is during July and for new entrants, the initial open period is during the Autumn term (for eligible programmes). For specific dates, please visit our Online Option Choice: Open Periods page. 

I’m an Undergraduate student starting my course – when will I pick my optional modules? 

During semester 1, the modules you will be studying will be either core/compulsory modules or modules where the choice is based on your prior study. We will add these modules to your record for you. 
You will be given the opportunity to select your semester 2 optional modules later on during the Autumn term. 

Is module selection on a first-come, first-served basis? 

Yes - module selection as part of Online Option Choice is first-come, first-served. 

I’m logged in to Online Option Choice, and am having trouble deciding which modules to choose. Will the system time out if I take too long? 

Once you are logged in, you'll have as much time as you need to make your choices. However, if you are inactive for more than 15 minutes, the page will timeout. 

Can I logout part way through and return to complete my choice of options later? 

Yes, you can return to the online option choice as many times as you like during the "open period". It will "remember" the modules you last selected.  

I have chosen my options via the online optional choice system, but I want to change my options. Can I do this via the online system? 

Yes within the “Open Period” log into the system and repeat the process following the instructions provided on screen.

Finding out more about your programme and modules

Where can I view the options available to me before I use the system?

You can view the modules available to your programme via the online programme catalogue - accessed via SUSSED. Please see our Information and Services page for more information. Your Faculty will also be able to advise you on where to find further information about the choice available to you.

What is the difference between core, compulsory and optional modules?

How can I find out more about the modules I am choosing?

If you click on the module code link and then on the module again you will be taken to the online module profile where you can find out more about the module including assessment weightings and the name of the person who will be coordinating the module.

How can I select a module that is not listed on the online option choice system?

You can only select modules that are offered as part of your programme regulations on the online option choice system. If you would like to select a module outside of your programme regulations you will need to seek permission from the Director of Programmes.

Can I choose an uneven split of modules over the academic year?

If you would like to take more credits in one semester than the other then you will need to seek permission from your Director of Programmes.


Can I choose my options using my smartphone?

We recommend that you complete online option choice on a desktop PC rather than a mobile device. If you are accessing from a University Desktop/laptop we recommend you use Chrome/Firefox

What password do I need to log into the online option choice system?

You must log in with your university username and password.

I tried to log into the system but my password is not valid?

You can re-set your forgotten or expired password at If you are still experiencing issues logging in please contact ServiceLine.

When I log on to the online option choice system it says that I cannot choose my options at this time, why is this and who do I contact?

If this occurs during the open period, it may because your programme of study is not eligible for choosing options online or is opening at a different time. Please contact the Student Hub who will be able to advise you.

I am currently suspended can I still choose my options via the online option choice system?

If you are suspended with services you will be able to use the online option choice facility.  However, if you have simply suspended your study you will not.  If you are unsure about your status or would like further advise about choosing your optional modules please contact the Student Hub.

The first page is asking me to "confirm" the wrong programme.

In this case you should not "Confirm" if the information displayed is incorrect. Please contact the Student Hub and get them to check and correct your records. Once that is done you can try again.

I get an error message when I choose the option that I want, it tells me that I have not got the required pre-requisite or co-requisite for the module, who should I contact?

In some cases, it may be possible to take a module where you have not taken the pre-requisites with the permission of the module lead. If you think this might apply you, you should contact the Student Hub in the first instance who will be able to advise you on how to contact the module lead. Please note that this module will need to be entered onto your record manually by your Faculty.

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