New Students

Course Options Fair

The Course Options Fair will allow you to explore, discover and ask any questions about the optional courses you are interested in, before making your final choices.


Most undergraduate students have to choose an 'optional' or 'outside' course at the start of University. We understand that this can be a tough decision and therefore you are invited to attend the 'Course Options Fair' during Welcome Week.

Purpose of attending: 

  • Meet with academics and current students from schools you wish to talk further with, about your course options,
  • Meet with a whole array of Student Support Services to further develop you academically and personally,
  • Learn about the information and tips to support you with looking into your course options and the variety of opportunities they can provide for you as a student. 

Due to a large number of new undergraduate students starting during Welcome Week, there are two identical timeslots of this event taking place on Tuesday 10th September 2019. You should choose to attend the timeslot that has been assigned to your school.

Tuesday 10th September, 50 George Square Earlier Timeslot Later Timeslot
Doors open (recommend to arrive for this time): 11.30 14.00
Attend between these times: 12.00 - 14.00  14.30 - 16.30
Schools that attend this slot:
  • Business School
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Health in Social Science
  • History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences


  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Divinity
  • Economics
  • Education and Sport
  • Geosciences
  • Informatics
  • Literature, Languages and Cultures
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Social and Political Sciences
  • Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

Course Options Fair Programme - you will receive this programme on the day to write notes and reflect


How to choose optional courses: 


Before you arrive: Research your optional courses

Photo of three students in the Informatics Forum
Before you arrive, it is strongly recommended that those who have course options do research on what courses you may be interested in taking when you start University.

When you start: Confirm your optional courses

Two women looking at the Academic Fair programme at the Academic Fair 2017
After attending the Course Options Fair you will meet with your Personal Tutor or a member of your School’s Student Support Team.

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