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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.

This page will help you understand what is relevant to you and share any extra information you may need to support your arrival at BU.

For specific information about Covid-19 for applicants and future students please refer to our Covid-19 hub page.

Register and enrol for your course

It’s important that you complete online registration before you start your course – emails with instructions on how to do this will be sent after your place at BU is confirmed, usually mid-August or early January depending on when your studies at BU will begin.

After completing your registration, you will receive an email with further instructions to complete your online enrolment. This step will generate your student ID card and officially make you a BU student. This email will also include details about your introductory session and information on how to access the rest of your induction timetable on Brightspace.

Once you have registered, you will be able to view the new starters space on the Doctoral College Brightspace community page, which will support your arrival to BU. This page includes a welcome to BU from the Vice-Chancellor and Heads of the Doctoral College, as well as inform you on how to attend your faculty induction and settling in sessions, alongside an induction checklist you will need complete in your first week. You can find out more about Brightspace, our Virtual Learning Environment on our website.

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 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.

Study support and student life

You have access to all BU support services, which you can read about on our Students webpages. Current students and staff will be available at the start of term to give you an introduction and 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
  • 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.