Understanding class codes


All classes offered at FSV UK are identified by a unique class code, which not only allows students to find them quickly online, but also provides useful information about the class, if you learn to read them. The codes we use at this Faculty always comprise of 3 (sometimes 4) initial letters, followed by 3 numerals, e.g. JEB026, JSM437, JMMZ040 (the structure of class codes at FSV UK can differ, these explanations apply only to classes at FSV UK).


Standard class codes

The way to read the class code is as follows:

  1. The FIRST letter of the code identifies the Faculty at which the class is taught. All class codes at the Faculty of Social Sciences begin with the letter J. Other Faculties have different initial letters (e.g. A for the Faculty of Arts). If the class you want to take does not begin with the letter J, it is not taught at this Faculty.

  2. The SECOND letter of the code usually identifies the Institute where the class is taught. E = Economics, J = Journalism/Media Studies, M = International Studies, P = Political Science, S = Sociology. Exceptions to this rule are class codes beginning JCZ, see below for further details.

  3. The THIRD letter of the code tells you whether this is a Bachelor-level class, a Master's-level class or a Postgraduate-level class. B = Bachelor, M = Master's, D = Postgraduate (simple as that). If you look at the examples at the start of this document, you should now be able to tell that JEB026 is a Bachelor-level Economics class, and that JSM437 is a Master's level Sociology class.

  4. The numerals at the end of the code have no special significance, they are simply the number of the class.


Non-standard class codes

There are three categories of non-standard class codes students should be aware of:

  1. Classes beginning JMMZ are primarily classes from our double-degree programme with University College London, though we also use the code for some German-language classes taught by our visiting professors. German-language classes with this code are always current (i.e. available in one of the two semesters in the current school year), but in the case of the English-language classes, it is entirely possible that some of them may be taught in London. If there is no scheduled time for an English-language class beginning JMMZ and a note in the field “Explanation”, it is taught at UCL.


Revised: February 2014





Understanding class codes



All classes offered at FSV UK are identified by a unique class code, which not only allows students to find them quickly online, but also provides useful information about the class, if you learn to read them. The codes we use at this Faculty always comprise of 3 (sometimes 4) initial letters, followed by 3 numerals, e.g. JEB026, JSM437, JMMZ040 (the structure of class codes at FSV UK can differ, these explanations apply only to classes at FSV UK).


Standard class codes

The way to read the class code is as follows:

  1. The FIRST letter of the code identifies the Faculty at which the class is taught. All class codes at the Faculty of Social Sciences begin with the letter J. Other Faculties have different initial letters (e.g. A for the Faculty of Arts). If the class you want to take does not begin with the letter J, it is not taught at this Faculty.

  2. The SECOND letter of the code usually identifies the Institute where the class is taught. E = Economics, J = Journalism/Media Studies, M = International Studies, P = Political Science, S = Sociology. Exceptions to this rule are class codes beginning JCZ, see below for further details.

  3. The THIRD letter of the code tells you whether this is a Bachelor-level class, a Master's-level class or a Postgraduate-level class. B = Bachelor, M = Master's, D = Postgraduate (simple as that). If you look at the examples at the start of this document, you should now be able to tell that JEB026 is a Bachelor-level Economics class, and that JSM437 is a Master's level Sociology class.

  4. The numerals at the end of the code have no special significance, they are simply the number of the class.


Non-standard class codes

There are three categories of non-standard class codes students should be aware of:

  1. Classes beginning JMMZ are primarily classes from our double-degree programme with University College London, though we also use the code for some German-language classes taught by our visiting professors. German-language classes with this code are always current (i.e. available in one of the two semesters in the current school year), but in the case of the English-language classes, it is entirely possible that some of them may be taught in London. If there is no scheduled time for an English-language class beginning JMMZ and a note in the field “Explanation”, it is taught at UCL.


Revised: February 2014