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Students at SPS

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Students at SPS

Intercalating at SPS: a Medical student’s guide to the social sciences

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of intercalation, you perhaps wouldn’t expect our doctors of the future to be spending a year of their degree studying social sciences. But intercalating is a valuable experience, and was particularly so for Priyanka, our blog writer who spent her year away from Medicine …

Electives and compulsory courses: how to pick your modules at the University of Edinburgh

At the University of Edinburgh, you are given a lot of freedom in choosing and creating your own course timetable – here’s Elia’s guide to picking your courses! Optional and compulsory courses There are two types of courses in your degree programme: optional courses and compulsory courses. It’s relatively straightforward: …

Edinburgh’s best alternative study spots

Exam season = a very busy library. Worry not, though: Martha has you covered with her favourite alternative study spots! We’ve all been there – wandering defeatedly around the Main Library because you failed to get a seat before the 11am rush of desperate students (9am in exam season!). Coming …

Running around Edinburgh: Priyanka’s favourite routes!

If running’s your thing, Priyanka’s got you covered! Here’s her guide to running in Edinburgh. Spring has finally sprung, and Strava is flourishing like never before! Everyone seems to be lacing up their trainers to take on the new running trend. I have been running for around 5 years now …

Torn between History and Politics? Why not both? Here’s everything you need to know about joint honours degrees at Edinburgh

Considering doing a joint honours degree? Here‘s some honest insight into all the best bits and all the challenges of these degree programmes from Ash, one of our student writers. I’m in my third year studying History and Politics and, spoiler alert: despite some challenges, I love my joint degree! …

Worried about the weather? Here’s where to find Spring in Edinburgh

Many students worry about the weather when they come up to Edinburgh – but fear not, it’s still possible to find natural beauty amongst the occasional spot of rain… here, Ita shares the secret to getting the best out of spring in the capital city. Finally, the days are getting …

At a loss for motivation? Here’s Ita’s guide to regaining your love for studying

At some point during our time at University, most of us will experience a dip in or even an almost complete loss of motivation to study. It is not necessarily our fault. Such things happen even, or maybe predominantly, to the best students. I have written in one of my …

Introducing our new writer, Qixuan!

Hi everyone! I’m Qixuan, but feel free to call me Scott. Currently in my third year, I’m exploring the world of International Relations and International Law here at the University of Edinburgh. It’s a journey that’s as exciting as it is enlightening, and I can’t wait to share a bit …

Seeing the Scottish sights: discovering day trips outside Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the best student cities in the world (unbiased opinion…), but while you’re studying here it’s essential to escape the urban life and see the other sights Scotland has to offer! Martha gives you the lowdown on her favourite day trips outside Edinburgh. We’ve all been there: …

Working in cafes, walking across the Meadows, and The West Wing: Indigo’s Day in the Life

Hello everyone! This blog post shows you an average day in my life studying at the University of Edinburgh. I’m basing it on my typical Wednesday. If you haven’t read my introductory blog post, my name is Indigo and I’m a fourth year International Relations student. The first thing you …

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