New Postgraduate Research (Doctorate) student checklist

Find out what you need to do before you start your doctoral degree at Sheffield and what to expect in your first few weeks.


If you're a student paying overseas fees or with a visa and immigration tasks, check out the international PGR checklist.

Before you arrive

Complete your online registration

You need to register in order to join us here at Sheffield. At the beginning of September we’ll send you information on how to complete your online pre-registration.

Guide to completing registration

Book your in-person ID check

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email and be invited to book an ID check appointment, where you’ll collect your student UCard.

If you are a part-time or distance learning student, your registration process is different - you do not need to attend an in-person registration event.

Access your University IT account

Look out for an email containing instructions on accessing your IT account, and follow the steps.

Register with the University Health Service

If you will be living in Sheffield, you can register with the University Health Service. If you have any dependants (spouse/partner or child) they can also register.

Complete your Financial Declaration

All students must complete the Financial Declaration, online, in advance. You will be sent a link, via email, asking you to complete your pre-registration actions; this includes completing the Financial Declaration.

If you’re a Sheffield University graduate, and are funding your Doctorate yourself, you’re entitled to a discount on your tuition fees (if applicable).

Information about tuition fees

Information for scholarship award holders

If you will be receiving a University or UKRI funded scholarship, find out about your payment schedule and terms.

Inform us of any accessibility requirements

If you have a disability, let us know about any additional support you will need.

Familiarise yourself with the Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes contains a wide range of information for PGR students, from registration to the point of award. Here you will find guidance on everything from supervision, to working and taking annual leave.

Get to know the city of Sheffield

If you’re new to the city, take a look around at what will soon be your new home. Here’s a peek at what Sheffield has to offer: Your guide to Sheffield

Travelling to Sheffield

Check you know how to get to Sheffield, and find your department on campus.

Travel guidance

Sheffield city centre is covered by a clean air zone. Private cars are exempt from charges. However, non-compliant vans, campervans and other light goods vehicles are included in the scheme.

Check the status of the vehicle you will be arriving to Sheffield in

Connect with other PGRs at the University

Once you have access to your University IT account, you can download and access Umii - a free app that can help connect you with other University students, based on your programme, interests and societies.

You can also join our Facebook group to meet and chat with other new students.

Follow us on social media

When you arrive

Attend your in-person ID check

Attend your in-person ID check to pick up your UCard and complete your registration.

If you are a part-time or distance learning student, you do not need to attend an in-person registration event.

Download our safety app

Download our safety app, so you can contact security if you need help and stay safe around campus.

Download SafeZone

Register for PGR mentoring and social events

PGR Connect provides opportunities to meet your colleagues across the University through mentoring, events and socials. As a mentee you can connect with someone more experienced and further along in their research.

Register your interest

Get involved in Orientation and Welcome Week

Orientation Week runs from 16 September to 20 September, and is a non-mandatory programme of information sessions, social events and activities designed to give you a little extra help to settle into life in Sheffield and the University, and to start making friends.

Orientation 2024

Welcome Week takes place from Monday 18 September and is full of new activities, nights out, exclusive offers, and support, brought to you by your Students’ Union - the no.1 SU in the UK!

Find out more about Welcome Week

Find support

If you need support you can get advice from Student Services. You’ll find the Student Services Information Desk on level 3 of the Students’ Union.

Ask a question

There is also a wealth of support and information available in your Faculty to help make your doctoral research degree successful.

Find your Faculty Graduate School

 In your first few weeks

Attend induction events

Please attend any departmental or Faculty PGR induction events you are invited to. You will receive information about these via your University email address.

Attend your Race Equality and Sexual Consent talks.

Register for PGR mentoring and social events

PGR Connect provides opportunities to meet your colleagues across the University through mentoring, events and socials. As a mentee you can connect with someone more experienced and further along in their research.

Register your interest

Complete your mandatory training

There are 11 mandatory training courses that all postgraduate research students and University staff must complete, which form an essential part of keeping us all safe and healthy at work, keeping our data secure and building a positive, supportive community for all students and staff.

Familiarise yourself with the Research Ethics Policy

If you’re conducting research with people, their data, or their tissue, please make sure that you’re familiar with the University Research Ethics Policy and how it applies to you.

Begin working with your supervisor

In your first meetings you will:

  • Establish the expectations for your supervisory relationship;
  • Be introduced to the key people, processes, resources and facilities in your department; 
  • Discuss the timeline for your doctoral programme, and the requirements, milestones and deadlines you need to be aware of;
  • Develop plans for your project, building on the initial research proposal defined during the admissions process; 
  • Complete your Training Needs Analysis for the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) and identify any additional training you will require in your first year.
Explore the University Library

Get to know our library services and how they can support you throughout your doctoral degree.

Find a club or society

Take a look at our Clubs and Societies to explore what you could get involved with. This is a great way to meet new people, unwind and develop skills beyond your research area.

Make new friends from all over the world

Throughout the academic year we have a wide range of weekly events and activities including Global Hangouts, Local History Walks and Global Cafe. These events are open to everyone so you can meet people, make friends and settle into life at the University and Sheffield.

Join our global campus

Explore our sport facilities

Start exploring the sport facilities at the University and find out more about gym memberships.

Sport Sheffield

The start date for the majority of programmes is 25 September 2024. You should aim to arrive in Sheffield and complete your registration before this date so you can begin your studies from the start of term.

Late registration

If you arrive after 25 September 2024, the start date for most courses, you may be able to register late. The final deadline for arriving in Sheffield and registering as a student is 21 October 2024, but some courses have earlier deadlines (for example, if your start date is earlier than 30 September 2024).

Check if your course has an earlier start date

Late registration guidance

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.