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

Register 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 will start.

Online enrolment, Introductory event and Faculty Induction

You will receive an email soon after your registration email with further details about your official start date, Introductory Event and Faculty Induction.

Please read the What to bring information on our new students webpages for an overview of what to expect and guidance on what to bring to your enrolment session. You can also check the pre-arrival space on the Doctoral College Brightspace community, which you will have access to once you are registered.

Key Milestones

As a PGR 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. Once prompted, please contact your supervisory team to arrange an initial meeting.

Study support and student life

As a PGR, 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 Event
  • Faculty Induction Sessions
  • Sports tasters and membership offers with SportBU
  • University Music ensemble sign-ups and events
  • Global Café
  • Student Wellbeing drop-in sessions.

About the Doctoral College

Learn how the Doctoral College can support you and find out more about our role in postgraduate student life.

Contact us


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