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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Incoming Students

Welcome! This page is designed for our new postgraduate students who will be coming to study at the Graduate School of Social and Political Science from September 2017.

A good place to start is with the University's helpful Getting Started Guide for New Students, which includes key information for all new students and guidance getting started as a student:

Get involved

We have a Facebook Group 'University of Edinburgh SPS Postgraduates 2017-18'.  Join the group and get to know your fellow students as well as ask any questions you may have!

Welcome Week

We strongly recommend all our students arrive to participate in  Welcome Week 2017 which runs from Monday 11 - Friday 15 September.  During this week formal induction and enrolement events for your programme take place.

Choosing Courses

YIf you have not already done so, you will be able to choose your courses in Welcome Week. Further details of this will be provided to you in the School Welcome Talk and your Programme Welcome Meeting. 

New Postgraduate Research students can enrol for courses (for both semesters)  using the course choice form. It should be completed and returned to the Graduate School office no later than the end of week 2 (22 September 2017) The form can also be emailed to - the subject line must clearly state the email contains a course choice form. More information can be found here.

Semester dates 2017-18

Semester 1 starts on Monday 18 September 2017 and runs until 21st December 2017. Semester dates for the year are available here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in September!

Incoming Students