Pre-registration information

Information here applies to all applicants for our PhD programmes (PhD Politics, PhD Sociology, PhD East Asian Studies and PhD Security, Conflict and Justice and PhD Global Political Economy), who have been made an offer of a place within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. 

If you have been accepted as a SWDTP funded 1+3 student you will be completing the MSc in Social Science Research Methods before moving onto the PhD programme. Visit the taught postgraduate pages for information on Welcome Week and registration.

If you have any specific questions about the process please email  


The latest information and advice can be found on our Student experience and study in 2021/22 webpages and the Coronavirus advice for prospective students pages.


The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law will email all students who have accepted their offer (via the online application system) with a registration pack containing information about registration and other important matters that you will need to deal with before you arrive.  You can also find registration information on the University's new students pages.

For students commencing in September 2022 a timetable of local events will be published here as venues and dates are confirmed. 

  • All new students must first register online via this website Online registration will open in late August for students commencing in September.
  • If your nationality indicates you are subject to immigration control, a Document Checklist will have been created when you completed online registration which confirms you need to complete a Right-to-Study check.
  • You will not be fully registered as a student until you have confirmed that you are ready to 'Start your studies'. New students who have registered online must also complete a Start your Studies form when they are due to commence their programme.
  • University Welcome Week will take place alongside the registration period in the week commencing 19th September 2022. To complement the  School and Faculty Welcome Week activities, a range of induction activities will also be arranged by the University of Bristol Students Union, the Bristol Doctoral College and the University of Bristol Global Lounge
  • Details of the School and Faculty's induction programme will be circulated in early September.
  • International students should look at the Global Lounge Welcome programme. It includes fun student life webinars – current students sharing tips about different aspects of student life, daily Ask me anything sessions, Social activities, Virtual and Campus tours.
  • A collaborative welcome programme of community-building events for all students is now available through the Welcome App (including events from Bristol Student Union, Global Lounge, Sport, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Volunteering, Bristol Hub, Inclusion Team, Careers, ResiLife, Library, Wellbeing)
  • All taught units will start the week following Welcome Week. Students commencing at other points in the year will need to take the units the following September.

Seminar Timetable

Timetables for the first teaching block seminars are normally available a couple of days after registration.  You can check online via MyBristol after you have registered. 

All new students will be automatically enrolled on the 3 mandatory core research training units which take place in Teaching Block 1.

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences    

These units can provide you with the necessary skills to support you during your research, as well as transferable skills which may help with employment after you have finished your Doctorate.

If you have covered the material taught in these units previously you can apply for an exemption.

Before you arrive

  • Please make contact with your supervisors before arrival; their email details are on your offer letter.
  • For international students that need a CAS and Student Visa - you should check with Student Visa Services for guidance on the process. 
  • Read the information and advice about travelling to Bristol
  • Contact if you have any questions on your tuition fees or scholarship in advance of your arrival.
  • The Accommodation has information on accommodation application deadlines and criteria.
  • Read the information for international students to find out important information about Bristol, travel advice, health information and important documents to bring. 
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