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HESA Student Record 2009/10 - Module title

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HESA Student Record 2009/10

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Module title

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Short nameMTITLE

This field is determined by the institution and, in this context, relates to the specific module which in turn can be a component in many courses.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All modules

Base data typeMTitleType
Field length80
Part of
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Reason required

To facilitate HESA cross-checking with institutions.


Although a compulsory field, this field will not be subject to specific checks regarding its validity. The only validation checks will be that the field contains at least one character.

Users of HESA data will occasionally consult this field in order to gain a better understanding of the subjects/activity contained in the module. Therefore institutions are encouraged to make these data meaningful where this does not significantly add to the burden of collection

Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007F and U+00A0 to U+024F.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Institutions must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

Date modified2010-02-15
Change management notesFile encoding advice updated to require that files are encoded with UTF-8
Schema components
Element: MTITLE
Data type: MTitleType

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