School of Social and Political Science

Learning and teaching in the School of Social and Political Science in 2021-2022


We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for courses taught within the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) in the academic year starting in September 2021. 

In alignment with University plans and guidance, we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety and that of the wider Edinburgh community.  Our plans may still need to change based on the Scottish Government’s final guidance for Universities and we will be in touch with details when these are available.


Our current planning for the new academic year

Information on how learning and teaching in the School of Social and Political Science is currently planned for the 2021/22 academic year.


Based on the information available to us, we expect that:

  • you will be with us in Edinburgh
  • most degrees programmes in the School will run a mix of digital and in-person teaching, and the exact balance will vary across degrees and year of study
  • large group teaching, such as lectures, is the most likely type to be delivered digitally because these class sizes are likely to be the most significantly affected by Covid-19 restrictions
  • smaller group teaching, such as seminars, tutorials and lab work, is most likely to be delivered in-person and on campus 
  • digital teaching will either be pre-recorded or delivered in real-time (synchronously) and recordings may be made available after the event (where appropriate), and again this will vary from course to course.
Planned In-Person Provision on Semester 1 SPS Courses

Hybrid delivery will be used for most SPS courses for Semester 1 of 2021/22 i.e. a mixture of in-person activity and digital (online) activity. A few courses will be taught entirely in-person and a few entirely digitally.

To see more details on the courses we offer, how to choose optional courses and planned delivery for our Semester 1 courses, please see below:

If you are a student on a joint degree programme or are planning to take courses in other schools, please ensure you refer to the latest information on the relevant other schools' web pages:

University information on the 2021/22 Academic year

While we believe that being on campus provides the best environment for your studies and development, the safety and wellbeing of staff and students remains the University’s first priority.  A number of measures have been put in place to mitigate the risk where ever possible.  These will continue to be adjusted as required by the Scottish Government.  For the latest information on how the University is preparing for the 2021/22 Academic Year please see:

Welcome to the 2021/22 academic year

How the University is Mitigating Health Risks

For information on how teaching spaces are continually being managed and adapted to mitigate health risks: Hygiene and safety measures 

For the latest updates for students and staff on how the University is responding to Coronavirus please see: Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students 

Accessing Vaccinations

Students, including international students, can access vaccinations:

Covid-19 Testing Schemes

The University is actively participating in and supporting national Covid testing schemes:

Testing for Covid-19 at the University of Edinburgh

We also have our own research project to develop a new approach to Covid testing

TestEd Project

If you're legally unable to return to the UK

If your home country does not permit you to travel to the UK, students can apply for exceptional permission to study off campus.

What to do if you can’t travel to the UK 

New to studying at Edinburgh? Chat to our students

You can also speak to our current students about their experience through our Unibuddy service. 

Chat to our undergraduate students

Still got questions? 

Please do contact us if you have any further queries:

New students: contact us here
Returning students (UG&PGT): contact us here