New Students

Course Options Hub

The Course Options Hub will allow you to explore and discover more about the optional courses available across the University.

The content on this 'Course Options Hub' will help you decide which optional courses are right for you.

Welcome Week is a busy period and with so much to explore, current students often tell us that they wish they had taken more time to investigate their course options in advance. It is highly recommended that you use the time in advance of starting your studies to explore your options and choose a selection of courses that you would be happy to take in Semester One. 

 

What are optional courses? 

Degrees at the University of Edinburgh are made up of different courses. All degree programmes have compulsory courses (sometimes known as core courses) but many also have optional courses. At the start of Year 1, you may have the chance to select a number of optional courses to complement your degree programme, giving you scope to experience a wider range of subjects or even try something new!

Some courses are very popular and you are not guaranteed to get your first choice, so it is best to explore as many courses as possible and have at least 3 courses that you would be happy to take. This could be a great opportunity to take a course you have never even thought of before or know little about.  

 

Your next steps

1. Research your course options (you cannot confirm your choices until you start)

Use the information and tips on these webpages to look into your course options and the variety of opportunities they can provide a student. The information and tools below will help you to make sense of Degree Regulations, Programmes of Study (DRPS), and understanding your course options.

More information on how to confirm your courses when you start

2. Watch videos from academics 

Hear from academics across the University about the optional courses available within different subject areas.

 

Guidance on choosing course options

Full guidance on how you can research all of your options before you start

Academic Videos

Academics from across the University have created videos to explain some course that you can take in 2021.

Course Options - hear from current students

One of the best ways to really understand what it is like to study optional courses at the University of Edinburgh is to hear from people who have already experienced it.

3. Register to attend our 'How-to' online information sessions on optional courses

On 24th August there will be a number of online information sessions including:

  • How-to choose your optional courses: what optional courses are, how they fit into your degree structure
  • How-to choose your optional courses: hear from current students (student panel)
  • How-to choose your optional courses: taking the non-traditional route (academic panel)

Register now 

4. Hear from current students 

One of the best ways to really understand what it is like to study optional courses at the University of Edinburgh is to hear from people who have already experienced it. Explore our student blogs and register to attend our student panel event on 24th August, where you will hear first-hand from current students.