Information for new postgraduate research students

Welcome to the College of Social Sciences Graduate School.

We are delighted that you have accepted an unconditional offer of a place on one of our Postgraduate Research Programmes and look forward to meeting you when you begin your studies. 

The College of Social Sciences offers a training programme for PhD students designed to support you as you undertake your research project, with some mandatory courses. To supplement this programme we have a wide array of additional training initiatives, resources, internships and courses designed to support your research skills and professional development.

The table below provides information on what you can expect to happen before commencing study with the College of Social Sciences this session.

Visit the Graduate School webpages for current staff and students for more information about how we can support you throughout your studies.

If you have any questions about studying with us, please contact the Graduate School Team.

Welcome email from the Graduate School

What to expect

This contains information about Research Training Programme, Researcher Development PGR including details of mandatory courses for new PGRs and Induction.

This email will be copied to your supervisors and you should make contact with your supervisors as soon as possible.


  • From May - October
  • From November - January (for those commencing in January)


What to expect

Complete online academic and financial registration.

Registry will provide an 'Access to your Student Account' email containing your Glasgow Unique IDentifier (GUID), temporary password, details of how to access your student account, as well as links to support and guidance materials and contacts.


  • From August

Research Training Programme

What to expect

See the Research Training Programme.

Discuss your training needs with your supervisors and self-enrol via MyCampus.

You can complete enrolment on courses & classes at any time after you have academically registered. Find out more about enrolment.

Please be aware that courses may commence mid-September onwards and you should make arrangements to be on Campus to attend courses in person.


  • From August

Visa registration

What to expect

Complete visa registration.

If you are starting a new programme of study at the University of Glasgow, and you are not a national of the UK or Ireland, the University is required to check your immigration permission for the UK before you start your studies.

Universities are required by law to hold copies of these documents for the duration of your studies and ensure they remain valid.


  • From September

Campus card

What to expect

Get your campus card.

Arrangements for Campus Card distribution for new students.


  • From September

PGR Opportunities Hub

What to expect

Th PGR Opportunities Hub provides a wide array of additional training initiatives, resources, internships and courses designed to support your research skills and professional development. 

Including links to our Researcher Development Programme and Mandatory Courses for PGRs.

You should complete the following courses at the beginning of your studies: 


  • Available online throughout the year

PGR Induction

What to expect

PGR Induction Week is a welcome for all new postgraduate research students.

The Induction Week introduces you to some of the key people and services you will need along the way. PhD students from across the University will attend and it is a unique opportunity to meet fellow students and staff and build connections.  

The week will be a combination of live online events, anytime online training resources and a range of face-to-face on-campus events. 

Two key face-to-face events for your diary are your Graduate School Welcome Event and your School-specific induction, which will take place on the afternoon of the same day.  

The in-person Graduate School Welcome session is for all new postgraduate research students in the College of Social Sciences. It will include:

  • an introduction from the Dean of Graduate Studies
  • some time to start planning your professional development
  • a networking lunch.


  • To be confirmed

You should now be fully registered on MyCampus and using your University email address for all study-related correspondence.


Enrolment, welcome events and student support services

Registration and enrolment

Info and welcome programmes for new students

Support for new international students

Student services