Arrivals information for Postgraduate Researchers

As a postgraduate research (PGR) student, we appreciate that the start of term and your time here will be different to that of our postgraduate taught and undergraduate students.

The information on this page will help prepare you for the start of your postgraduate research degree and introduce you to the Doctoral College Community so that you can hit the ground running from day one.

Key milestones

As a PGR student, you will not be given a timetable of lectures and seminars to attend, you do however have a timeline for your degree which focuses on several key milestones. You will have monthly meetings with your supervisory team, and access to workshops throughout the year to support you. You should contact your supervisory team to arrange an initial supervisory in the first week of your course.

Your induction

You will be invited to an online introductory session on the first day of your course. This session will provide an overview of the Doctoral College, how to get started on your research degree, and introduce the support available at BU for PGRs.

A separate induction, organised by your faculty, will include specific information to help you settle into your new surroundings, as well as provide informal opportunities to meet your peers and faculty staff. 

Further information about your induction timetable will be available on the Doctoral College Brightspace page, available to you once you have completed online registration. Details of how to complete this as well as when your first session will be held are included in your registration email, which is sent around six weeks prior to your course start date.

Doctoral College Brightspace Community 

Once you have completed your online registration, you will be able to view the new starters area within the Doctoral College Brightspace community page, which will support your arrival at BU. This page includes a welcome to BU from the Vice-Chancellor and Heads of the Doctoral College, as well as information on how to attend your faculty induction and settling-in sessions, alongside an induction checklist you will need complete in your first week. Brightspace is a key platform used at BU to engage with your learning, you can find out more about Brightspace on the BU website.

Study support and student life

You have access to all BU support services, which you can read about on our student web pages. Current students and staff will be available at the start of term to give you an introduction and a welcome to life on campus.

Researcher Development Programme

At Bournemouth University, the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme (RDP) can support you in obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree, as well as the skills and attributes needed for your longer-term career ambitions.

What’s on

We know that as a researcher, you’re here to focus on your research. However, there are lots of day and evening activities happening throughout the start of term which you are welcome to get involved with, including:

  • Doctoral College Introductory Day
  • Faculty Induction
  • Meet and greet
  • Settling-in Session
  • Sports tasters and membership offers with SportBU
  • University Music ensemble sign-ups and events
  • Global Café
  • Student Wellbeing drop-in sessions.

Getting started

Information about the Doctoral College

International students in lecture theatre

The Doctoral College Community

Read about how the Doctoral College help you to feel part of the BU community during your postgraduate research degree.

Contact us


We’re here to support you through every step of your postgraduate research degree. Contact us if you’ve got any questions.