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

Course enrolment for new students will take place during Welcome Week. You will be asked to complete a digital form with your choices. You will then be enrolled by a member of the Undergraduate Teaching Office Team. More information will become available shortly in the PPLS Student Information Hub (hosted on the University's digital learning environment, Learn). You will be notified by email regarding updates to Learn.

During the enrolment process, you will select a number of outside courses you feel will complement your degree programme. You will have an opportunity to find out more about outside courses at the Course Options Fair during Welcome Week. More information will become available shortly. 

Familiarise yourself with the Degree Programme Table 

The Degree Programme Table (DPT) advises you on compulsory and optional courses required to gain your degree.

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).

If you require a PDF document in an alternative format, such as large print or a coloured background, please email or contact the PPLS Student Support Office.

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,
  • Attend the online Course Options Fair during Welcome Week to learn about the courses available across the University.

The earlier you return your completed course option form the greater chance you have of getting your first or second choice. We are expecting high demand for some subjects in Semester one so please complete the course option form in full, including back-up options. You will receive confirmation during Welcome Week of the course options you are studying.

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

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

Undergraduate Teaching Office enquiries

Contact details



The Undergraduate student services team are currently working remotely Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. If you would like to contact a member of the undergraduate teaching office team, then please email us at the address above and we will respond as quickly as possible.