About Broadening

As a student at the University of Leeds, you will engage with a broad education which challenges, complements and reinforces the value of your degree subject. Broadening develops skills and intellectual flexibility which benefit your education whilst at university, and will enable you to compete and contribute in the workplace and wider society after graduation.

To enable you to take advantage of the breadth of expertise at Leeds, we have developed 10 interdisciplinary Discovery Themes. During your programme of study you will either explore the Themes as part of your programme (ie through your core and optional modules) or by taking discovery modules. Watch the video, produced by LSTV - a student-run society - to find out more about broadening, the Discovery Themes and the opportunities they offer.

How can I broaden my programme at Leeds?

The opportunity to broaden your studies beyond your core discipline, as represented by the Discovery Themes, is integrated into many programmes of study within the available combinations of compulsory and optional modules.

In other programmes of study you will use this website to explore the Discovery Themes to identify discovery modules to add to your compulsory and optional modules.

For Module Enrolment information, dates and deadlines, visit the Module Enrolment webpage

Discovery Modules

Discovery modules reinforce the value and interest of your degree by offering the opportunity to broaden your learning and pursue your own personal interests, while developing skills that will help prepare you for life after University. Your School can provide you with more information about the part that discovery modules play in your particular degree programme.

How discovery modules are organised

To help you navigate the extensive choice of modules on offer, we have organised them into 10 Discovery Themes which together represent the breadth of the University’s teaching from arts to sciences, and from theory to practice. You can click on any of the 10 Discovery icons below to learn more about each Theme. You will also find more specific guidance about taking your interests forward from year to year, so that your discovery module choices fit together to form a coherent addition to your degree.

Choosing discovery modules

  • A discovery module taken in your first year may increase your interest in a particular subject. You can use the website to find opportunities to study the same subject in more depth by exploring modules at higher levels in the same sub-theme.
  • Alternatively, you can apply the knowledge and skills that you have gained to a different context. You could explore different sub-themes within your chosen Discovery Theme or think about potential connections with the discovery modules in related Themes.
  • We know that interests change over time. If you have the opportunity to choose discovery modules for your second or third years, think about whether you want to progress further in a particular Discovery Theme or take your interests in a different direction and explore a new Theme.


Whatever stage of your degree you are at, think about where your interests lie, what your career plans are and what type of learning suits you best. When you decide which discovery modules you are interested in, you can add them to a shortlist in ‘My discovery modules’. Before making your final choice, check whether you meet any academic prerequisite(s) and whether the modules fit your timetable. Some modules are in high demand and have limited spaces so it's worth having a few different options. 

  • Creating Sustainable Futures

    Discover the environmental, social and economic issues facing society, such as climate change and poverty. This Theme is the winner of the UK Green Gown Awards 2015.


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  • Enterprise and Innovation

    Today's changing societies and economies encourage us to be more enterprising and challenge us to be more innovative. Arranged around seven dedicated sub-themes, this theme will help you understand how problems can be addressed and opportunities turned into advantages through enterprise and innovation.

    This theme is part of the University's award winning Student Enterprise opportunities.

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  • Ethics, Religion and Law

    Ethics, religion and law: three societal pillars on the basis of which cultures are built, wars fought and lives lived.

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  • Exploring the Sciences

    “It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.” (Sagan)

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  • Language and Intercultural Understanding

    “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” (Wittgenstein)

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  • Media, Culture and Creativity

    Unlock your creativity, and engage with the intellectual, aesthetic, social and political challenges offered through the study of media and culture.

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  • Mind and Body

    Learn more about how the mind and body works, what keeps us healthy and what happens during disease.

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  • Personal and Professional Development

    Transform your time as a student by choosing modules that make most of your time at Leeds and prepare you for your future.

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  • Power and Conflict

    “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace” (Mahatma Gandhi)

    “Every period of human development has had its own particular type of human conflict” (Isaac Asimov)

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  • Technology and Its Impacts

    Whilst technology has improved our lives immeasurably, and will continue to do so in amazing ways, it has never been more important to understand the risks associated with its use and abuse.

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