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Choosing Courses

Students must choose their courses (for both semesters) by completing the course pre-enrolment form. Students should receive a link to the form via email in the summer communications in August. A link to the form can also be found here:  SPS Enrolment form 2017-18 .   Please complete the survey by Friday 15th September 2017.

 Students can check via MyEd which courses they have been signed up for. Please note that complete course records may not be visible until the start of week 2.  Please email pgtaught.sps@ed.ac.uk with queries. 

Based on the pre-enrolment information gathered in this process, the Graduate School Office will seek to ensure students are given their first or second course choices. However, due to high demand, students might at times not be given a place on a course of their preference.

Course choices made at this stage are by no means final for students. Should they decide to change any of their optional courses, for instance, after talking to their Programme Director during Welcome Week, then this will be possible until the end of the second week of the semester. In doing so, however, students will have to expect that some popular course options might be unavailable by that point.  

Normally, MSc students take 60 credits in semester 1 and 60 credits in semester 2. In exceptional circumstances, and with their Programme Director’s agreement, it may be possible to change this weighting (i.e. take 40 credits in one semester and 80 in another).

Students are encouraged to use the PATH tool to view their course options, plan their timetable and check for potential clashes. Please note, however, that PATH does NOT register students for courses.

Course Changes

Students can change courses once per semester up until the 12 Noon Wednesday 27 September, if places on the course are available. To do so, students must complete the course change form and email it to PGTaught.sps@ed.ac.uk. 

Withdrawals

It may be possible for students to withdraw from an optional course, provided there is a valid reason for the withdrawal. To do so, students must email their Programme Director to obtain permission. Please note, any withdrawals made after week 6 each semester remain visible on your record.

Auditing Courses

MSc students may be able to 'audit' the equivalent of one 20 credit course per semester, in addition to their standard requirement of 120 credits.  Auditing means that students sit in on a course they are interested in without being formally assessed for their performance. Audited courses appear on the final transcript but do not incur any course credits.

Auditing is at the discretion of the Course Organiser – some courses might not accept auditing students, for example, if the course is already full. Some may only allow auditing students to attend lectures, while others may expect them to play a full role in seminar discussions. It is each student’s own responsibility to contact course organisers before signing up for their course to clarify whether auditing it is possible and under what circumstances.

Once the course organiser has confirmed by email that they are willing to take auditing students, students must take this confirmation of approval to their Programme Director (either in person in the context of a meeting or via email) and ask them to sign them up for the course as an ‘auditing’ student. It is students’ own responsibility to check their course record on MyEd to ensure that they are signed up in the correct study mode for each course.

Please note, a request to audit a course may be accepted provisionally, but may be withdrawn if that place is needed by a student taking the course for credit.

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