School of Social and Political Science

Choosing your courses


Course Pre-selection for 2021/22 will open towards the end of Semester 2 (2021). All information below will be updated for the launch of our online course choice form. You will be contacted by email once this has gone live. 

Course pre-selection is the process of choosing your courses for the next academic year before you return to University.

If you are a student returning to a degree in SPS, you need to pre-select your courses to allow for allocations to be made during the summer vacation period.

If you are a student on degrees outside of SPS, please follow the instructions provided by your own School for pre-selection. SPS does not need to pre-approve your courses. The only exception to this is if you are entering the honours years of a joint degree with Politics or International Relations (i.e History and Politics, Law and International Relations). If you are on a joint degree with Politics or International Relations, please complete the relevant form below as well as following the process of your home school. 

Course pre-selection deadline- tbc

All online pre-selection forms submitted by this deadline will be considered a priority.

Any online pre-selection forms submitted after this deadline will be processed after those submitted on time. We urge you to submit as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Any forms received after the deadline will still be processed until 10 August. After this date, you can still submit your form but we cannot guarantee it will be processed before Week 1 of teaching or that you will receive your desired course choices. We will process your form as quickly as possible.

How pre-selection works

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 available to choose from.

When completing the online pre-selection form, you will need to list ALL your compulsory and optional courses for each semester, including those from other schools.

Please indicate your options in order of preference, and list more than the required 120 credits, in case your first choices for optional courses are over-subscribed.

Due to the volume of forms being processed by the UTO, no confirmation emails are issued when you have been signed up for your selected courses. If there are problems with your selections, we will contact you via your student email address. Please regularly check your University email account. Please also check your junk and clutter folders in case any of our communications end up there.

Your course allocations should appear on your MyEd via EUCLID by the end of August 21. 

Staff in the Undergraduate Teaching Office will process course choice applications in the order below:

Forms from students entering honours years

First priority

Our first priority will be students entering Year 4 who submit their forms by the initial deadline. We aim to allow all Year 4 students who need to take SPS courses at least one of their first course choices.

Second priority

Students entering Year 3 who submit by the initial deadline will be given next priority.

After the initial deadline has passed, forms will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Forms from students entering Year 2

Forms will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact us

All queries should be directed to

How to choose your courses

A normal year load is 120 credits (most commonly six 20 credit courses). Your courses should be distributed evenly between Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Once you establish what your compulsory core courses are, you will be able to make your optional course selections.

When selecting your courses, always check the following:

  • you meet all prerequisites of the course
  • the year and level of the course are appropriate

Which compulsory and optional courses are open to you is dependent on your degree programme and your year of study. You can view this information using the University’s Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS) pages. This is the method recommended by the school.

Accessing DRPS resources

Timetabling information and SPS course listings

In SPS many lectures will be pre-recorded, meaning you may be able to access them online and can create your own schedule to view them. If your compulsory course has in-person or online live lectures that clash with an optional course that also has in-person or online live lectures, you will need to find an alternative optional course that will not clash with your compulsory course

Timetabling information should become available in late July/August 2021

SPS also has a course listings page, where we will list our 2021-22 courses and update this with timetabling information as this becomes available. This will not show the full details of all the courses available to you, so please ensure you review DRPS to see your full options. 

View our course listings: 

Year 2 course listings - 

Honours course listings -


We will keep our course selection FAQ document as up-to-date as possible. Please note that things are subject to change.

Where any amendments are made, we will let you know below when and where the amendment was made.

FAQ document

What if I need further advice on the pre-selection process?

If you would like to see the full choice of courses on offer specifically relating to your own degree programme then please refer to the appropriate course listing information.

If you have any questions about the online form, credits or the rules for your programme, or are unsure about any other administrative matters not covered in our FAQs, please email

If you need advice on any academic matters, please email your personal tutor in the first instance. You can find your personal tutor's email address on your MyEd page.  If you are unable to reach your personal tutor please let your student support officer know and they will help you find someone who will be able to offer academic advice.

Contact the Student Support team

Any exceptions to your degree programme rules will need to be approved by your personal tutor and Head of Subject.

If you are unsure about who to contact about a query then please email the Undergraduate Teaching Office at:

Online pre-selection forms

The pre-selection forms are now closed.

Below you will find links to courses pre-selection forms:

Please note the pre-selection forms are currently unavailable. 

Form Name and Description
Link to online form

All SPS students entering Year 2 in Sept 2020

Form A

All SPS students entering Year 3 in Sept 2020

Form B

All SPS students entering Year 4 in Sept 2020

Form C





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