New Students

Check updates from your School

As you approach your start date, your School/Deanery and the University will send emails initially to the email that you applied with as well as your new University email address. Make sure you read your emails so you don't miss out on key information from your School/Deanery and the University.

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What do we mean by ‘your School/Deanery’? 

The University of Edinburgh is comprised of three Colleges, each of the colleges contain a number of Schools/Deaneries.

Which School/Deanery will I be joining?

It’s really important to know which School your degree or programme belongs to as they will be your main point of contact during your time at University. If you are unsure, you can use the following links to search for your degree and find out which School you will be studying with, and which of the three University Colleges your School is a part of. 

Undergraduate Study - 2023 Entry

Postgraduate Study - 2023 Entry

Postgraduate Online Programmes


Preparing for Welcome Week School events and knowing which school your degree belongs to

Once  you know which school your degree programme is associated with this will allow you to plan your welcome week School activities.

Joint honours degrees

It is important to double check which school your degree belongs to if you have a joint honour's degree.

In some cases it is obvious what School your degree belongs to, e.g. Philosophy belongs to the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. However, what if you’re studying French and Philosophy? In this case, because French is listed first, your degree would belong to the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.  


Top Tips on managing your inbox School communications before and when you start University

Categorise and conquer!

  • Create different folders in your inbox that you can move emails into once you've read them carefully
  • For example, saving all your School emails in one folder will be really helpful if you need to read any information again
  • Save time by not having to scroll through your whole inbox to find what you need
  • Be consistent in the way you categorise your emails
  • Decide what's 'for information' and what needs action

Checking your inbox

  • To keep on top of what's going on, you may like to check your inbox at a set time every day, or read emails as you receive them
  • It's normal to feel overwhelmed if you're receiving a lot of emails, but managing your inbox efficiently will help you to feel more in control