To-do list for all new postgraduate researchers

Make sure you have done everything listed below as soon as you can. These actions are relevant for all new postgraduate researchers.

Accept your offer

Log in to the Self Service system to track your application status and accept your offer.

Connect with us on social media

You can connect with the Doctoral Academy on social media via our Facebook group and Twitter account to see the latest updates.

We also encourage you to follow the relevant School and course accounts on social media, where available. You can find some of these listed on the Faculty social media page.

Notify us of meeting your offer conditions

Once you have met your offer conditions, please notify us by email, sending a copy of the relevant documentation by email to

Register online (from 1 September)

Online registration will open from 1 September. Details on how to register can be found on the Welcome website. You will need to activate your IT account and confirm your attendance before you can register. After you have confirmed your attendance, you will need to wait 24 hours before trying to register.

You can view the IT Guide on My Manchester for further information on your IT account and how to access your emails.

Apply for accommodation

The University and surrounding areas have a wide range of accommodation options available to suit all requirements and budgets.

Visit the Accommodation Office website and the get ready accommodation website alongside the Postgraduate Research Offer Holders group on Facebook for some informal advice.

Occupational Health Questionnaire

Some postgraduate researchers are required to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire. If this is required from you, it will have been sent with your offer letter. Please complete the relevant sections of this form and return it to Occupational Health Services as indicated on the form.

If you are unsure about this, please email us:

Confirm your bank details (for PGRs receiving a University studentship stipend only)

Only available upon registration.

  1. Log into My Manchester.
  2. Go to the 'Tools' menu and select 'Student System', followed by the tile for Student Centre.
  3. Click 'Main Menu' in the tool bar followed by 'Self Service' and then ‘Campus Finances'.
  4. Then select 'View Financial Aid' (this page shows awards for the current academic year).
  5. Click the white 'Bank Details' button and enter and save your UK bank details. If you have already entered and saved your bank details then the button will not be visible.

To amend your bank details, please email

Register with ORCID

It is a requirement that all researchers create an ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) and make it known to the University.

ORCID is a non-profit organisation supported by a global community of organisations with an interest in research. Your ORCID provides a unique research identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and links your professional activities.

Registration to ORCID is free and will mean that your research outputs can be tagged and tracked more easily throughout your career. ORCIDs are now routinely being requested by publishers and funders and it is therefore important that all researchers create an ORCID and make it available to the University.

You can create an ORCID account after you have completed registration.

More information can be found on the Library website: ORCID for PGRs.

Arrange to meet your supervisory team

The final step after you have completed registration is to arrange to meet your supervisory team. You should contact your primary supervisor to arrange the first meeting.

Starting your postgraduate research degree

Beginning your postgraduate research is an exciting time; the culmination of years of hard work and the first opportunity to focus on your own unique research project in your chosen academic field.

We hope you'll settle into your studies as seamlessly as possible and be ready to make the most of your time here. To help, we've put together some useful resources to take a look at as you prepare to start your research degree here.

This University-produced resource is designed to answer questions and alleviate any concerns you might have as you start your studies: Starting your postgraduate research degree.

Take a look at the realities of life as a postgraduate researcher by reading about the experiences of some of our current postgraduate researchers.

Congratulations on completing all the above steps and on beginning your programme at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

More information on essential information for postgraduate research study can be found on the Doctoral Academy website.