Linguistics and English Language

New undergraduates

What to do when you arrive

Top tasks for registration


Matriculation is the process by which you are formally admitted to the University. There are two stages to this process:

1. Registration

In most cases, you will be able to do this before you arrive at the University.

How to register as a student

2. Course enrolment

The School's Undergraduate Team are here to help you enrol on your courses and confirm your attendance. Current students will also be on hand to provide advice and information.

Meet your personal tutor

All new students should meet with their personal tutor during Welcome Week. Login through MyEd to find contact details for your personal tutor.

MyEd portal login

If you need more advice on course choices, you can discuss options with your personal tutor before you sign up. 

View your course timetable

Find out where you should be and when through the online course timetable.

Course timetable browser

Welcome Week events

Welcome Week takes place one week ahead of the start of the academic semester and is an important and fun week to help you prepare for your studies.

University of Edinburgh Events App

Download the University's app to view all Welcome Week events and create a personalised timetable.

Includes essential academic events as well as social events from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS).

University of Edinburgh Events App

Choosing courses

During the enrolment process, students have to select a number of outside courses that they feel will complement the degree programme they have enrolled in. Please remember that students are solely responsible for their choices and no one else can do it for them.

Familiarise yourself with the Degree Programme Table 

Degree Programme Table (DPT) advises you on compulsory and optional courses required to gain your degree. This is the DPT for 2020/2021.

Degree Programme Table

Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS) is the University's course catalogue where you can check availability and view entry requirements of courses.

Check out our quick guide to Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS) for guidance on Degree Programme Tables (DPT).

Calculate credits remaining for outside courses 

Each year you take 120 credits worth of courses. Generally, courses are weighted at 20 credits each.

Once you know your compulsory courses, you can work out how many credits you have left for choosing optional or 'outside' courses.

Combined honours students may have more compulsory courses than single honours students as they will have to take courses from each of the subject areas in the title of their degree.

Example: Single honours Philosophy (MA Hons)
Compulsory courses Number of Credits
Morality and Value 20
Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment 20
Logic 1 20
Total 60

This means that a single honours Philosophy student has 60 credits of compulsory courses and 60 credits to pick outside courses (total = 120).

Narrow down your course options

There are a couple of tools to help you choose your outside course options.

  • PATH, which is the University’s online interactive programme builder. 


  • Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS), which is the University's online course catalogue and sets out the valid courses to achieve an award (Degree Programme Table).


You can also:

  • Ask your personal tutor for advice on choosing an outside course,
  • Speak to a Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) Student Helper (identifiable by their blue 'Student Helper' t-shirts) at a course enrolment session during Welcome Week, and
  • Attend the Course Options Fair during Welcome Week to learn about the courses available across the University and meet students and staff who study and teach them.

Course Options Fair

In our experience, the following subjects are very high demand:

  • Sociology,
  • Social Anthropology,
  • English and Scottish Literature,
  • History,
  • Psychology, and
  • Small art classes.

List your outside course options

Please list your outside course options in the template below and bring it with you when you are meeting your personal tutor and/or a member of the Undergraduate Team during Welcome Week.