Rejected again! We asked UCL students about their frustrations over module registrations

We’re pretty fed up


We all know that UCL is notorious for publishing their exam timetables just a few weeks before exams start, but they also don’t seem to be able to let most of us know which modules we’re going to be studying until term has actually begun.

Whether it's due to UCL's too many students and not enough academic staff or a lack of communication between departments, it's all pretty frustrating.

£9000 a year and we can’t even study what we’re really passionate about? Quite frankly UCL, we’ve had enough.

Annalise, 3rd Year, Neuroscience

Last year one of my computer science modules was rejected. There’s also a chance that might happen this year with a Management module as they’re so slow at accepting them. I emailed to ask them if I could take a Management module and they just said that they’d get back to me and told me that it’s a popular module so I might have to choose a different one. It’s so annoying as it’s for second term and if I don’t get a place on it then I’m going to have such a small choice of modules to choose from.

Isabella, 2nd Year, History

One of my modules was rejected the Saturday before the first week of teaching which is frustrating because the module I wanted to take is in the Politics department, but by then most modules in the History and the Politics department had been filled. It’s stressful process because you then have to run around departments finding out which modules still have spaces on and still these modules aren’t going to be your first choice. There needs to be more communication between the Humanities departments.

Márió, 2nd Year, Natural Sciences

I applied to do a physiology module but no Natural Scientists who applied for the module were actually allocated it because those studying Neuroscience had priority over us which is annoying. I was rejected from the module in mid-September so it was pretty close to the start of term.

Benjamin, 2nd Year, Architecture

Personally I haven’t had any issues with being rejected from modules as all of my modules are compulsory ones, but I know that quite a few of my friends have had issues with it. I know people that only had their modules sorted last week. It all just seems very disorganised with tutors and lecturers making false timetables and then changing them last minute. It seems to be a big issue in the Politics and Social Sciences departments.

Katie and Marie, 3rd Year, Archaeology and Anthropology

One of my Anthropology modules hasn’t been approved yet and two of my modules clash. Archaeology is always really good with module allocation but there’s less communication within the Anthropology department.

Clara, 1st Year, European Social and Political Sciences

I had multiple clashes so I had to change my module choices and I’ve recently I had a module rejected but I don’t know why. So I don’t have a complete timetable although classes have already started. I’m just waiting to hear back about when I can actually get my modules confirmed.

Giacomo, 2nd Year, History, Politics and Economics

I have chosen a French module this year and I’m still waiting to get it confirmed and to see it on my timetable, but I think that might be my fault for sorting it out too late, I’m not too sure really.

Beatriz, 2nd Year, History

I still can’t see one of my modules on my timetable so I’m going to have to contact my tutor to see which seminar class I’m in and what time it is. I think the module has been confirmed but it’s not showing on Moodle or my timetable so I’m not too sure about it all.

Leane, 2nd Year, Arts and Sciences Affiliate

There was a problem between my home institution and UCL because they hadn’t understood that I had to be sent into modules that are not Arts and Sciences modules. Then I was told I couldn’t take certain modules because they were reserved to other affiliate students or UCL students, and when they finally agreed to let me sit those modules there were no more seats available. I ended up not doing the ones I had chosen first.