School of Economics

Guide for new students

The new students section of the main university website has lots of general information about coming to study at Edinburgh.

The arrival section will help you to find your way to the main campus

The University has arranged a Welcome Team to be at Edinburgh Airport during the weekend before Welcome Week (look out for the students in their red t-shirts). There are also driving directions and details of public transport.

A checklist of things you need to bring and do

Welcome guides with information tailored to suit different groups of students

Improve your study skills

Workshops on how to make effective notes in lectures, how to write an academic essay, how to prepare for exams and many more useful skills.

English language support - international students

English not your first language? The English Language Teaching Centre offers a wide range of academic English courses to students.

EUSA's survival guide

EUSA has produced a Survival Guide with information about starting your studies at the University of Edinburgh.

School of Economics introductory meeting

David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A, Tuesday 10 Sep 11:30am - 1pm

Here we will tell you all about studying with us, how to find out who your Personal Tutor is, what we expect of you and what to do next.

The Personal Tutor system

Your Personal Tutor is a member of our academic staff who will support you as you become a confident learner in economics and other disciplines. They will encourage you to play an active part in your academic community and advise you about developing the range of skills required to meet the challenges and opportunities for success in Economics, in university life and beyond. They will also advise and encourage you to reflect on academic progress, the effective use of feedback and the development of graduate attributes.

In first year there will be a group meeting (of 30 minutes) with Personal Tutors during Welcome Week providing the opportunity to discuss more general aspects of studying economics at the University, following on from the Introductory Meeting, and for students to meet their new colleagues.

You should meet individually with your Personal Tutor to discuss course choices and enrolments, but also looking at the academic process to come and any problems or queries relating to university life more broadly.

A further meeting will take place early in Semester 2, when first semester course marks are available and you can reflect on progress and course choices.

In Semester 2 meetings for the whole year group will take place, relating to essay writing with input from the Institute of Academic Development, but tailored to economics.

Meetings will be scheduled by Personal Tutors, usually by email invitations and/or a schedule listing (on-line or on office door), but you can request a meeting at other times when a need is identified.

Student support organisational structure

All students will have a Personal Tutor, a Senior Tutor and a Student Support Team (SST) in the School.

Students can find out who their Personal Tutor is through MyEd.


The Senior Tutor for Economics is Dr Steven Dieterle (2.04, 31BP), who has overall responsibility for personal tutoring within the School of Economics.

We currently have two Student Support Officers (SSO), Kirsty Hope and Dawn McManus, and they act as the first point of contact with any queries. They can also provide you with factual references (for banks, letting agents etc).

The office opening hours are Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm (G7, 30BP)

Contact our Student Support Team at

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1380 or +44 (0)131 650 8290

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Course choices

The academic year comprises 120 credits, full year courses are 40 credits and one semester courses are 20 credits.

All first year students in the School of Economics take Economics 1 (40 credits) - the first lecture for this course is on Tuesday 17 Sep, Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 4 pm. Here you will find out about your tutorial slot and what else will be expected of you.

Joint Honours students will also take the core course for their joint subject - find out more by viewing your Degree Programme Table (DPT).

Find Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre

School of Economics Degree Programme Tables

All students will choose option courses (between 20 and 80 credits depending on your degree) and the range of courses to choose from is vast.

You can find out more about the other subject areas at the Course Options Fair on Tuesday 10 Sep, 14.30 - 16.30 in 50 George Square.

Find 50 George Square

It is quite a good idea to choose an outside course that keeps your options open for transferring to another single or joint degree programme.

However, you may choose to follow a different outside interest e.g. Ancient History or Discovering Astronomy. There are many courses on offer.

If you are interested in taking a language course you should bear in mind that the main first year courses tend to be very demanding. There are different levels of language courses available but space is limited.

Quota courses may be oversubscribed so it is a good idea to have an alternative option in case you are not allocated a place.

Enrolling onto your courses

The required courses for your degree will be automatically added to your record and your Personal Tutor or the Student Support Officers can enrol you onto your option courses.

You will be able to see your course enrolments on MyEd.


Email is the main form of contact that we use to communicate with you and you are expected to be checking your university account on a regular basis. Your university email address is made up of your University Username (UUN), which is your matriculation number with s in front, followed by So if your matriculation number is 1234567, your UUN is s1234567 and your email address is

You also have an version of your email address which uses your surname and initials, rather than your UUN. An easy way to find this is to search for yourself in the ‘Search for Students’ box on the ‘Search and Info’ tab of MyEd.

This student mail directory, sometimes known as smsdir, is automatically generated from the student record system. Where there is a clash of address with multiple people having the same name, an additional number is added to the end of the address. All student addresses end with

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