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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Selecting Outside Courses

As part of your degree at Edinburgh you have the opportunity to select optional courses to take alongside those that are compulsory for your degree programme.  Depending on your area of study, there is a large range of different courses from all over the University on offer.   See the guidance below and be sure to visit the Academic Fair for advice from students and academic staff to help choose your courses.

The University has also developed some tools that can help you make sense of degree regulations, programmes of study and course options.

University tools to help

A normal year load is 120 credits (most commonly six 20 credit courses) and your courses should be distributed evenly between Semester 1 and 2. The first two years of study are known as 'pre-honours' years and allow you to gain experience and practice, and to take a number of outside courses. The Honours years are more specialised and your final degree classification will be based upon work done in these years. Once you establish what your compulsory core courses are, and when they run, you will be able to make your optional course selections.


Please see the guidance below to help you make course selections for your first year of study. Be sure to attend all welcome events as well as the academic fair as this will also help you to choose your courses.

Quick Guide - A guide to pre-selecting SPS outside courses

Pre-selection form  (click here for word format and here for PDF format)   A hard copy will also be provided at your welcome event.

Year 1-course listings - Please note that timetables are not confirmed until late July. This document will be updated as quickly as possible with any changes made. 

Sign-Up Times

Sign-up opening and closing times are listed below. To ensure you get your first choice of courses, we strongly advise you attend course sign-up as early as possible:

Course sign-up for Social and Political Science students will take place in the UG Micro-labs on the Lower Ground Floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building. This is building number 17 on the University central area map

Date Time
Wednesday 12th September 10.00am - 12 noon AND 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Thursday 13th September 10.00am - 12 noon AND 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 14th September 10.00am - 12 noon AND 2.00pm - 4.00pm

After signing up for courses, you must meet with your personal tutor who will confirm your attendance at the University and will check over your course choices.

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