School of Social and Political Science

Choosing courses

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For PhD students, and MScR Year 2 students, wishing to register for courses, you must choose your courses by Friday 10th September 2021, 23:59 BST, following discussion and agreement with your Principal Supervisor (PhD) or Programme Director (MScR).

Submit your approved course choices before the deadline at the link below.

Online course choice form

Your choices are reviewed and uploaded before Week 1 of Semester 1. Submissions will not be reviewed before the closing date.

Please allow processing time and log in to your MyEd account to check your record just prior to Week 1. You will have access to the courses you have been registered on via your Learn pages. If there are any issues with your elective courses, we will be in touch.

Please see information on changing, auditing, or withdrawing from courses below.

MSc by Research students

For MSc by Research students, your particular degree programme will require that certain courses are taken. If your programme has optional courses, these are discussed with your subject Programme Director and, where appropriate, your supervisor bearing in mind any Research Council requirements, and any particular training needs raised by your anticipated research. Details of your MScR  programme can be found in the Degree Programme Tables.

See available courses in Path

Questions about the suitability of a course for a particular student are decided by the Course Organiser, in consultation if necessary with the Director of Postgraduate Research.

PhD students

For PhD students, course choices are discussed with your supervisor/s (and your subject area Postgraduate Advisor if required) bearing in mind the requirements of your particular degree programme, Research Council requirements, and any particular training needs raised by your anticipated research. You can have a look at available courses in Path and should consult the core and specialist training courses for postgraduate research students here.

Details of your PhD programme can be found in the Degree Programme Tables.

In general, you should bear in mind:

  • Students with practical command of particular research skills should not take courses which reproduce what they have already learned; exemption from the core courses is available for students who can demonstrate proficiency in that area (through previous qualifications and/or work experience).
  • The Graduate School's training in research methods assumes existing qualifications or experience in social sciences; courses are not generally suitable for students with no prior knowledge.
Students from other schools

If your degree is in another School, but you need to register for an SSPS Research Training course, you must:

  • Check with your Supervisor/Programme Director that the courses you wish to take are appropriate;
  • Seek approval from the Course Organiser (named on the individual course webpage);
  • Contact your own School's Graduate School Office, who will register you on the course.
Course changes

You may be able to change courses from Monday 13th September 2021, if places on the course you wish to change into are available. A course change form should be completed which will be actioned by the Graduate School Office. The link will be available below from the date above.

Fill in a Course Change Form on Sharepoint

  • You may request a change of course once per semester.
  • Course changes are subject to availability and Course Organiser approval.
  • If you would like to take a course that is not listed on your programme, approval from your Programme Director/Postgraduate Advisor, the Course Organiser, and Course Administrator is required. See which courses are listed on your programme.
    All three approvals should be sent to pgtaught.sps@ed.ac.uk.
  • The deadline for Semester 1 course change requests is (date to be advised) 2021.
Auditing courses

It may be possible for students to audit a course - i.e. attend the classes, but not do the assessment or obtain any credits for the course. Students still need to register for the course.

Please note that not all courses accept auditing students. The decision of whether or not to accept auditing students is at the Course Organiser's discretion. If you wish to audit a course you must email the course organiser to obtain permission. If they approve you should submit this permission email with your course choice form.

Please note that we typically do not permit a student to audit more than one course in any semester. If you wish to audit more than one course per semester you will need to email your Programme Director (for MSc students) or PhD supervisor (for PhD students) to obtain permission. If they approve this email should also be submitted with your course choice form.

Ensure that you write ‘Audit’ under the credits column on the course choice form to indicate that you wish to audit the course.

For students from outside SPS who want to audit an SPS course, your own Graduate School Office will need to register you. However, you still need to ask the course organiser's permission, and the SPS Graduate School Office still needs to be informed.

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 creditOr your name may be placed on a waiting list until a place becomes available.

Withdrawals

It may be possible for you to withdraw from an elective course, provided there is a valid reason for the withdrawal. 

Please note, any withdrawals made after week 6 each semester remain visible on your record.

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MSc by Research