Study abroad in Edinburgh

Courses and credits

Find out what courses you can take, how many credits you need and what postgraduate options are available.

Course finder

Browse the full selection of courses we offer.

Course finder

Third year (level 10) course access

Visiting Students must have completed two full years of a four-year degree programme or one full year of a three-year Honours degree programme in order to be enrolled in third year (level 10) courses. Please note there is a higher English language requirement for honours courses in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Restricted courses

The following courses are only open to students who are coming on an exchange agreement in the subject area:

Veterinary Medicine

While it is not possible to gain credits in Veterinary Medicine we do offer a zero credit Vet Med Experience course. Please see the course finder for further details:

Course finder


While it is not possible to study Medicine as a visiting student, you may have the option to apply for a medical elective:

Medical Electives

Studio based classes such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Art and Design

However, you may like to consider the range of non-studio based courses offered in Edinburgh College of Art:

Course finder

Popular subject areas and limited availability courses

Though we endeavor to ensure that majority of our students are allocated their preferred course choices, sometimes this is not possible.

The following subject areas cannot guarantee access to students who are not on a direct exchange in the subject area, either because these subjects are high-pressure (very popular courses with limited capacity and strict pre-requisites) or because they have limited study options available for visiting students:

  • Art & Design Elective courses
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • History of Art
  • Law
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Sport
  • Psychology
  • Informatics*

*Study Abroad students (on a non-reciprocal exchange) will be restricted to enrolling in a maximum of 20 credits worth of Informatics/Computer Science courses if eligible.


Students are expected to take full course load (60 credits per semester, or 120 credits for the academic year).

The below table will illustrate how our credits compare to those used in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Normal academic load
  University of Edinburgh Credits ECTS Credits
Single semester 60 30
Full academic year 120 60

The majority of courses are 20 credits each, however there are 10 credit courses and full year courses worth 40 credits.

We recommend that for every 1 credit you should aim to do around 10 hours of independent study. This means that for each 20 credit course, you should be putting in 200 hours of study per semester.

An example course enrolment for one semester
HIST08026                        Introduction to Medieval Europe 2 20 credits         
BILG09007 Immunology 3 20 credits
PSYL10002 Biological Psychology 10 credits
PSYL10101 Intellingence, Personality and Health 10 credits

Postgraduate course options

Visiting undergraduate students are not permitted to take postgraduate level courses.

Students applying to study here at postgraduate level  should not select their courses from our course finder. Please see the ‘Study options’ section of the website, which will provide more information about the postgraduate application process:

Postgraduate options