School of Social and Political Science

FAQs for Taught MSc


We know you'll have questions - we've gathered up a list of the most common questions and provided some answers below.


Getting Started at the University
What is MyEd and how do I access it?

MyEd is the University's web portal, and the best way to find and access many of the University’s online resources. Find out more, including instructions on how to access MyEd, here.

What is Learn and how do I access it?

Learn is the University's virtual learning enviroment and provides access to all your courses. You can find Learn via your MyEd profile or directly via this link. More details can be found here.

How do I access my University email?

Follow the instructions here.

How do I matriculate?

Instructions for new students can be found here.

How do I confirm my attendance?

Go to the "SPS Postgraduate Taught Welcome Hub" and complete a short survey. The Welcome Hub is accessed via Learn (

How do I pay my tuition fees?

There is detailed information provided on the University's Finance website to guide you.

Your Studies
What are the semester dates?

Semester dates are available from the University Calendar.

How will my teaching be delivered?

Please visit the Graduate School Course Timetables and Teaching Activities webpage. Your Course Organiser will follow up where more information is required, e.g. to give instructions on how to join live digital sessions or to explain participation on a discussion board.

How do I select my courses?

Please visit the School Taught Postgraduate Course Selection webpage.

How do I select, change or audit courses?

Please follow instructions on our Choosing Courses webpage.

How do I change my allocated tutorial group?

You should complete the central Timetabling Unit online Group Change Request form.

Who do I contact if I have a disability or require a Schedule of Adjustments?

Please contact the University's Disability and Learning Support Service for guidance and information on support available to you.

Who should I contact if I need to request an Extension of Studies, Interruption or Leave of Absence from my studies?

You should contact your Student Adviser  in the first instance.

Where can I locate my Examination (Exam) Number?

The Exam Number can be located on your student card or under the My Information section of MyEd.

When should coursework be submitted?

Coursework deadlines are listed in the relevant Course Handbook or Course Learn page.

What should I do if I need to apply for a coursework Extension?

You should complete the online Extension Request Form, which is available on the Student Administration webpage Extensions explained.

Practical Queries: Life in Edinburgh
How do I set up a bank account?

The University provides comprehensive information about your banking options to guide you with this.

How do I register with a doctor?

Please ensure you follow the instructions on the University's website at your nearest opportunity.

Confirmation Letters
How do I get a Certificate of Matriculation?

Please follow the guidance on the University's Student Administration website.

How do I apply for an Interim Transcript or To Whom it May Concern letter

To request an interim transcript or To Whom it May Concern letter, please email the Student Advice and Support team on

How do I get a letter for Edinburgh Council Tax exemption?

Please follow the guidance on the University's Student Administration website.

Immigration Queries

Please follow the guidance on the Tier 4 document checklist

What are the Tier 4 Visa Requirements?

Please follow the guidance on the University’s Student Immigration Service website

How do I receive a CAS number?

Please follow the guidance on the University’s Student Immigration Service website

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