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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 Course Options Fair for advice from students and academic staff to help choose your courses.

The University has also prepared some information and tools to help you start thinking about which optional courses you want to take and to help you to make sense of degree regulations, programmes of study and understanding your course options.

What to do before attending the Course Options Fair 

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  (for most students this means doing three courses each semester).

Your 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.


We also have some additional School Guides to help you make course selections for your first year of study.

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

Pre-selection form  (click here for word format and here for PDF format)   

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

Enrolling on your courses.

See your separate page here to find the date times and location fro course enrolment. 

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