Undergraduate degree programmes

Undergraduate degree programmes

Why study with us?

The quality of our programmes attract students from all over the world, to whom we offer:

  • internationally excellent teaching across all subject areas
  • teaching tailored to varied interests within individual disciplines
  • training and skills related to careers in the private and public sectors
  • courses with a research training focus, to prepare for doctoral study
  • degrees validated by professional bodies (in the areas of Planning and Real Estate)

Our undergraduate courses allow students to take a Single Honours degree concentrating on one subject, or a Joint Honours degree combining two.

All our courses are available within the MA(Social Sciences) undergraduate programme, which has a flexible structure allowing students to select from a wide range of options, including courses from the Adam Smith Business School and within the MA(Arts).

Student Frequently Asked Questions

SPS has continued to adopt a blended approach to learning for 2021-22, which will continue in semester two. This means that large teaching events are being delivered online, with small group teaching and other activities taking place on campus.

Earlier in the year, we recognised that we could not predict exactly what life would look like from September 2021, and that our plans are always aligned with the changing Scottish Government Covid-19 prevention measures. All of our plans are endorsed by the University of Glasgow.

As outlined in our FAQs, all international students are subject to visa regulations requiring them to arrive in the UK before 15 January 2022. As aligned to the University of Glasgow’s position as a campus-based university, we have previously outlined that this deadline is for visa rather than academic purposes.

We are aware that a small number of SPS students may continue to face challenges in arriving in the UK prior to 15 January 2022. Attempted arrival after this date means that they would have their current visas cancelled. In addition, under current University regulations and dependent on circumstances, students may have to decide to either suspend their studies or withdraw from their programme, as outlined in previous communications from the University.

As a result, SPS has reviewed our course delivery provision again for semester two. We are clear that all SPS students will be able to meet the learning outcomes of their courses, including the small number of students affected by the above. For those who chose not to travel to the UK, a small number of SPS students may need to complete their teaching online, should they be prevented from entering the UK from 15 January 2022.

To help explain what this means in practice and what you can expect when you join the School of Social & Political Sciences, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. This will be updated as the situation relating to Covid-19 evolves. Please also continue to check the University undergraduate Covid-19 information pages.

Registration and Enrolment

When can I register?

You will be able to register and enrol for the academic year 2021/22 from early August. Please note the latest date for registration and enrolment is 11 October 2021.

When does teaching start?

The academic year will commence on 13 September 2021, during which time you will be expected to participate in relevant academic inductions. Teaching officially starts on 20 September 2021.

Information on arrangements for individual programmes will be shared by SPS programme administrators in advance of the start of teaching.

Do I need to be in Glasgow to study my programme?

Across the University of Glasgow, we are monitoring the government Covid-19 prevention measures and we will adjust our approach in response to this.

Whilst we cannot predict exactly what life will look like in September, our core planning principle is that we will be will delivering blended learning across the academic year 2021-22, with the expectation that students will be in Glasgow.

What if my travel to Glasgow is delayed?

We will support our students as best we can and understand that travel plans may be disrupted.

The University of Glasgow also has a range of measures to support students who are travelling to Glasgow, including managed quarantine support. Further information can be found on the University website

During any initial period of disruption before you arrive in Glasgow, you will be able to access online content and learning resources, including discussion forums that will enable you to meet course intended learning objectives. We are committed to doing our best to ensure that any temporary disruption for our students does not detrimentally impact on your overall learning experience.

Am I able to complete my programme fully online?

We do not offer our undergraduate or postgraduate taught programmes as fully online. For 2021-22, all SPS programmes will be delivered under a blended learning model.

This is aligned with the University’s approach to teaching delivery. Although we will accommodate students who are not in Glasgow by ensuring that learning materials which support essential course learning outcomes can be accessed online, you should not equate this to parallel teaching of face-to-face and online classes.

This means that for students who study remotely, your experience will not be the same as that of students who are in Glasgow. It is in the interest of all students to come to Glasgow at the earliest opportunity.

I am an international student, and my CAS letter says I can arrive up to the 15th January. Can I wait until then and study online in the meantime?

Although CAS letters have a later arrival date, this is a date set for visa purposes to support students with genuine medical or travel difficulties. It is not a date set for teaching purposes. We recommend that students aim to be in Glasgow as close as possible to the start of the teaching period. This will ensure that you can benefit fully from our blended teaching provision.

If you have a recognised medical or travel disruption reason for not travelling to Glasgow for the start of your programme you should inform your programme via the appropriate administrative contact point as soon as possible. Students with short-term barriers to travel, such as limited travel options or visa delays, will be able to start their programmes and engage with learning activities online until they are able to arrive at the earliest available opportunity. If you are concerned about travelling because you have a medical condition or disability then we will work with you via our disability service team to identify and apply reasonable adjustments to your learning. If you are unsure about travelling due to anxieties caused by the pandemic then please be reassured that the university has a wide range of health and well-being protocols in place and has developed additional support mechanisms, including financial and accommodation support for quarantining or self-isolating students.

Has SPS changed its programme delivery approach since September 2021, and where are SPS students currently based?

All of our teaching has been delivered in a blended approach for semester one, with both on campus and online delivery.

The vast majority of SPS students are currently located in Scotland, including our international students.

I am an international student, and my CAS states I must arrive in the UK by 15 January. I’m not able to do, can I extend my CAS?

All SPS programmes have been delivered via a blended approach in semester one. This will continue in semester two. As a result, the latest arrival date for SPS programmes remains 15 January 2022. This is consistent with our previous guidance to all SPS students.

If I cannot arrive by 15 January, what does this mean for my learning?

All of our programmes are delivered via a blended approach, to ensure that all students who engage with our programmes can meet learning outcomes. Students who cannot arrive in the UK by 15 January should therefore continue to engage in their studies as they have done during semester one.

We will continue to be flexible where possible for students who are continuing to face challenges.

Students with questions on their academic options, should contact socpol-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk



I have questions on accommodation, visas and other related areas. Who can help me?

The University of Glasgow has dedicated support teams for students who will be able to assist you.

Covid-19 protection measures

How is the campus being kept safe?

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our School community is our number one priority. To make sure that our campus remains COVID-secure the University has enhanced cleaning and physical distancing measures in place in all buildings. There is a COVID testing centre on the main campus which offers regular testing for students and staff.

Travelling to the UK

If you have a visa for the UK then you are classed as a temporary resident so can enter the UK. However you will need to comply with the Scottish Government’s Red, Amber, Green travel regulations.

Managed Quarantine Support

The University will cover quarantine costs of £1,750 for students resident in countries on the UKVI red list, who are joining the School from September 2021. The University will cover the quarantine costs for you if you are joining us in September 2021 and:
a) made your application to the University before 15 June
b) are domiciled in a country which remains on UK red list following publication on 15 June, and
c) are required to undertake a period of quarantine in a quarantine hotel, in line with UK government guidelines.

The University will cover the cost of your quarantining. Quarantine costs of £1,750 will be credited to your student account with the University. Students will also be required to follow all relevant UKVI guidelines and regulations relating to quarantine and testing.

Vaccinations for students

UK students

The Scottish Government’s 18-29 Registration Service closed on 11 June. Vaccination appointments will start from mid-June. If you didn’t register via the online registration portal, your local NHS Board will send out an appointment to you via the post. You should make sure that your address details registered at your GP surgery are up to date so that you aren’t missed.

There is more information on the Scottish Government webpages. 

International students

The Scottish Government has announced that international students are included in the national coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme for the coming academic year (2021/22). There will be more details about this released in due course.

International students living in the UK and registered with a General Practitioner (GP) can access healthcare. This includes access to COVID-19 vaccinations. When students arrive in the UK, they should register with a local GP surgery as soon as possible.

Delivery of Learning and Teaching

What is blended learning?

Blended learning combines learning activities which take place online and within small groups on campus.

What does online learning look like?

Online learning consists of a variety of learning activities which you will complete individually and collaboratively.

Online learning activities will be delivered both live (such as timetabled lectures or seminars and tutorials delivered via Zoom or Teams) and in no fixed time (such as readings, videos, quizzes, discussion forums) though deadlines for completing activities may apply. This approach combines the community-building benefits of whole class activities with the flexibility that comes with being able to work individually at your own pace.

What does on-campus learning look like?

On-campus learning will happen face-to-face in small groups. Within our school we consider small group teaching to be tutorials (up to around 15 students) and seminars (up to around 30 students) although some seminar teaching may include up to 50 students. A significant amount of work is being undertaken to ensure that this planned on-campus small group teaching can take place from the beginning of the academic year, aligned to current Covid-19 prevention measures. On-campus learning provides a valuable opportunity to meet with your student peers and engage with your teachers.

We will also be providing on-campus experience events for all students in our school across the year and encourage you to take part in extra-curricular activities if possible. Many of these events will be run in conjunction with our excellent student societies.

The University’s resources including the library, social spaces and sports facilities will be open and available to use.

Online learning platforms

What platforms and systems will I use?

Online learning is provided via the University of Glasgow’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle, combined with other appropriate platforms, e.g., Zoom and Microsoft Teams. A VLE is an online system that supports the sharing of learning materials and allows lecturers and students to communicate with each other.

How and when can I access Moodle?

You can access Moodle from your MyGlasgow portal once you have completed academic registration. Registration will open in August. There will be a Moodle site for each of your courses and one for your programme. Moodle access is granted automatically when you enrol on courses on MyCampus, subject to a short time lag of no more than 24 hours. Our Moodle sites will open in September when you will be able to view:

• The course introduction
• Unit introductions
• The first unit
• Information about assessment
• More general course information, including course contacts
• You will also use Moodle for your online induction, with face-to-face social events if possible.

Engaging with your learning

How do I engage with and participate in my studies?

Our students are expected to actively participate in their studies. Whether asking a question in an online session, taking part in a group activity, or responding to a discussion forum post, you will be demonstrating engagement with your learning, contributing to the learning community and developing your communication skills.

What opportunities are there to interact with other students?

Learning activities and assessment will involve collaborating with other students on the programme, online and in person, developing important skills that help you to work well with others.

You are also encouraged to participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered by the University to increase your social contact with your peers.

Are there opportunities to interact with lecturers and tutors?

Learning activities will provide opportunities to interact with academic staff online and on-campus. Support and feedback is provided via lecturer and teaching team ‘office hours’, regular online sessions which you can use to ask questions or discuss course-related matters with members of staff. Days and times of office hours can be found on Moodle in due course.

I have never studied online before, how will I adapt?

Learning online is quite different from the classroom-based experience that was the norm before Covid-19 but will no longer be an entirely new experience for many of our students. Regardless, you will require an open mind and a willingness to do things differently, recognising that this experience will be highly beneficial for your future.

The University’s Blended Learning & Assessment Moodle site is a valuable resource which can be accessed following registration.

Managing your time

How will I organise myself and manage my time?

Some of your learning hours will be timetabled and some will be determined by you. This flexible approach will allow you to develop and demonstrate key employability attributes including self-motivation, self-discipline and time management skills. We recommend that you use the University’s time management and project management resources and complete the training provided to prepare you for successful learning. These resources can be accessed on Moodle following registration.

When will I get my timetable and what will it look like?

You will create your timetable in MyGlasgow when you enrol in courses but remember that much of your online learning will take not be scheduled and you will need to manage your independent study time. Many activities can be completed at your own pace and you will see them referred to as Online ANYTIME on your timetable. You will find information about these activities and what you need to do to complete them within each course Moodle site instead of your timetable.

Some sessions will be scheduled. If they are online, you will see them referred to as Online LIVE on your timetable. Where possible recordings will be provided, but this is not guaranteed.

On-campus sessions are scheduled. You will see them referred to as On Campus, with location details, on your timetable. We will not be recording on-campus sessions or providing online access to these classes.

Key Contacts and Further Information

Undergraduate Contacts

If you have a question or general enquiry about your study programme or university please contact your named academic advisor in the first instance. However, if you have a specific question related to one of your courses within the School of Social and Political Sciences please contact the appropriate course level administrator who will answer your question or forward to the relevant course convenor.

Undergraduate Key contacts


Study Level

Administrative Contact

Central & East European Studies

Level 1, Level 2 & Honours

Marnie Clark

Economic & Social History

Level 1

Shelly Hill


Level 2 & Honours

Suzanne Hendry

Politics & International Relations

Level 1

Karen Masterson


Level 2

Shelly Hill



Maggie Murray


Level 2, Level 2 * Honours

Lesley Scott


Level 1

Olive Bredin


Level 2

Clare Robertson



Lesley Scott

Social & Public Policy

Level 1

Susanna Oelschlagel


Level 2

Olive Bredin



Susanna Oelschlagel

Methods (Qualitative / Quantitative)


Clare Robertson