Courses and credits
Find out what courses you can take as a visiting student, how many credits you need and what postgraduate options are available.
Browse the full selection of courses we offer to our visiting students:
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 3rd/4th year level courses in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS).
The following courses are only open to students who are coming on a subject-specific exchange in those subject areas (we must have a relevant exchange agreement in place with their home institution):
While it is not possible to study Medicine as a visiting student, you may have the option to apply for a medical elective or other placement in Edinburgh Medical School.
Studio based courses in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Art and Design
However, you may wish to consider the range of non-studio based courses offered in Edinburgh College of Art, please refer to the 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 very popular courses with limited capacity and strict pre-requisites or because they have limited study options available for visiting students:
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences:
- Art & Design Elective courses
- English Literature
- Politics and International Relations
- History of Art
As spaces are extremely limited on these courses, students will often be limited to pre-enrol in one or two courses only (depending on the subject) and invited to fill any remaining spaces on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival in Edinburgh. Check out our recommended courses offered in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.
College of Science and Engineering:
*Study Abroad students (coming to the University of Edinburgh on a non-exchange, fee-paying programme) 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).
|Study duration||University of Edinburgh Credits||ECTS Credits|
|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.
|HIST08026||Introduction to Medieval Europe 2||20 credits|
|BILG09007||Immunology 3||20 credits|
|PSYL10002||Biological Psychology||10 credits|
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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: