School of Social and Political Science

Course selection and changes


Selecting your courses

New students on SPS postgraduate taught (MSc programmes) have the opportunity to select elective courses before they arrive.

You will be sent an email with instructions and a link to your course selection form.

Please note, your offer must be unconditional firm to be eligible for course pre-selection.

The course selection form is open until Friday 11 September.


Before you choose your courses we recommend that you visit the University's visual course selection and programme builder tool PATH, and use the Programme Builder tool where you can read course descriptions.

Additional programme-specific guidance can be found below - please make sure you read this fully.

You should confirm your course choices with your programme director/personal tutor at your first individual meeting.

Course selection form

Please check your student email account for a link to the course selection form.

The course selection form will be open until Friday 11 September. You can only complete the form once, so take your time.

The courses you are enrolled on will appear in your MyEd - don’t worry if not all of your electives appear at the same time. We will get in touch with you if there is an issue with your selection.

More information on choosing courses

Courses available for your programme
Programme Course Selection Guidance
Africa & International Development (AID) MSc AID - Course Selection (document download, 28KB)
African Studies MSc African Studies - Course Selection
Comparative Public Policy MSc Comparative Public Policy - Course Selection (document download, 21KB)
Digital Society MSc Digital Society - Course Selection (document download, 24KB)
Global Challenges No specific guidance - please check PATH
Global Environment, Politics & Society (GEPS) MSc GEPS - Course Selection (document download, 25KB)
Global Health Policy (on campus) MSc Global Health Policy - Course Selection (document download, 25KB)
Global Health Policy (online) No specific guidance - please check PATH
Global Mental Health and Society MSc Global Mental Health and Society – Course Selection
Health Policy MSc Health Policy - Course Selection (document download, 29KB)
International and European Politics (IEP) MSc International and European Politics - Course Selection (document download, 23KB)
International Development (on campus) MSc International Development - Course Selection (document download, 26KB)
International Development (online) No specific guidance - please check PATH
International Political Theory MSc International Political Theory - Course Selection
International Relations MSc International Relations - Course Selection
International Relations of the Middle East (IRoME) programmes MSc International Relations of the Middle East programmes - Course Selection (document download, 21KB)
Medical Anthropology MSc Medical Anthropology - Course Selection (document download, 24KB)
Management of the Bioeconomy, Innovation & Governanance MSc Management of the Bioeconomy, Innovation & Governanance - Course Selection
Nationalism Studies MSc Nationalism Studies - Course Selection
Public Policy MSc Public Policy - Course Selection (document download, 22KB)
Science and Technology in Society No specific guidance - please check PATH
Social Anthropology MSc Social Anthropology - Course Selection (document download, 21KB)
Social Research MSc Social Research - Course Selection (document download, 31KB)
Master of Social Work (MSW) All courses compulsory - no course selection required
Sociology and Global Change

MSc Sociology and Global Change - Course Selection (document download, 20KB)


Course changes

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 is required from your:

  • Programme Director
  • Course Organiser
  • Course Administrator

All three approvals should be sent to

You can see all courses listed for your programme on our DRPS site.

Course change deadline

Course change requests can be made up to Week 2 of the semester in which the course is taught.

The deadline for semester 1 course change requests is 12 noon, Wednesday 30 September.

Auditing courses

What is auditing?

Auditing means that you sit in on a course you are interested in without being formally assessed for your performance. Audited courses appear on your final transcript as "class only" and do not incur any course credits.

MSc students may be able to audit the equivalent of two 40 credit courses per semester, in addition to their standard requirement of 120 credits.

Auditing limitations

Auditing is at the discretion and by approval of the course organiser  and 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.

Process to request a class audit

Students wishing to audit a course must follow this process.

Send initial email

You must sent an email requesting permission to audit a course to your:

  • Course organiser
  • Programme director
Email PG team after approval

Once approval has been received via email from both the course organiser and the programme director, you must forward both emails (as one email) to the PG Support Team:

Final approval

Once received, the PG support team will update your student record accordingly.

The course will appear on student record as 'class only'.

Please also 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.

Checking your courses

Please note, it is your own responsibility to check your course record on MyEd to ensure that you are signed up in the correct study mode for each course.


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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