Information for newly registered postgraduate researchers

At the University of Bristol, you are part of a thriving and vibrant community of over 3,000 postgraduate researchers. All our postgraduate researchers are automatically a part of the Bristol Doctoral College. Find out how we can support you as you settle into research life and our wonderful city.

For all the nuts and bolts around registration, be sure you follow the information outlined in the New Students pages.

Your local research group, department and/or school will be integral in helping you settle in. Make sure you sign up for your specific induction session, so you can learn about the essentials relevant to your research area and the space where you will be working.

Once you have registered, make sure you go through our postgraduate researcher checklist to make the most of your first few months.

Registration checklist

Not registered yet? Questions about getting yourself set up on basic systems, or into your accommodation? Check out the New Students checklist for a rundown of everything you need to get done and where you need to go.

Top tips from fellow PGRs

Looking for advice from a PGR perspective? Visit the BDC blog to read six tips from current and recently graduated research students.

For our international students

Are you an international arrival: Find out about the help and support available when you arrive at Bristol, from accommodation needs to welcome events specifically for our international community.

Do you know about your annual leave entitlement?

PGR students are entitled to 25 days annual leave in addition to the days when the University is closed. This is in accordance with section 4.6.1 of the PGR Code of Practice. Please ask your supervisor about the specific procedure and rules for your school.

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