Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) must complete online registration (OLR) when invited to do so. PGRs will be sent a registration invitation to the email address they used throughout their application process. It is important for PGRs to complete registration prior to the start of their research degree to ensure they can access everything they need to begin their research.

Online registration involves

  • PGRs checking their contact and course information is correct
  • Providing information on how they intend to pay for their tuition fees
  • Providing information to support their arrival
  • Signing up to the BU Student Agreement.

Online registration provides PGRs with access to their BU student email address and to Brightspace.


On completion of their registration, PGRs are then invited to enrol on their research degree. Enrolment provides access to all the support required for the research degree and is when individuals officially become a BU PGR.

PGRs who require a visa to study in the UK may be asked to complete their enrolment step at an in-person event during the first few weeks of arrival at BU.