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Arrivals information for Postgraduate Researchers

As a Postgraduate Research 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 to share any extra information you may need.

Register for your course

It’s important that you register for your course before you start your course – emails with instructions on how to do this will be sent from 20 August and after your place at BU is confirmed.

Week one, induction and enrolment

Most students start on Monday 17 September, but you will receive an email soon after your registration email with further details about your start date and induction, which will consist of faculty-based and Doctoral College based activities. Your main induction with the Doctoral College is on Wednesday 26 September.

Please read the Week One and enrolment information on our arriving postgraduate students’ webpages for an overview of what to expect and guidance on what to bring to your enrolment session.


Timetables are not provided for researchers, however, you will have monthly meetings with your supervisor and access to optional workshops throughout the year.

Work spaces

There are dedicated spaces in each faculty for you to work from, as well as dedicated study areas for all postgraduate students on both of our libraries. You’ll find out more as part of your induction.

Welcome materials

All of the welcome guides and information available to download from our arriving postgraduate students’ web pages are relevant to you.

You’ll find a checklist of things to do, information about all of the study, support, well-being and Students’ Union services available, as well as useful advice and guidance on being happy and healthy and getting the most out of your university experience.

Study support and student life

As a PGR student, 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

The Researcher Development Programme offers over 150 workshops, online modules video resources and interactive webinars for you to get involved with for your professional, personal and research development.

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:

  • Our International Commencement Ceremony on Thursday 20 August
  • Sports tasters
  • University Music ensemble sign-ups and events
  • Global Café
  • Student Wellbeing drop-in.

You’re also invited to Freshers’ Fair at Talbot Campus on Saturday 22 September which, as well as the usual giveaways, includes a family-friendly zone and areas to meet support services teams at BU and organise your Totum (formerly NUS Extra) discount card.

Find out more online at Arrivals 2018/19 event listings.