Information for new and incoming PGR students

The Faculty is looking forward to welcoming over 80 new PhD and MSc by Research students this Autumn.  Students will be joining us from across the world to begin their studies in on the fundamental challenges in Life Sciences research.  This webpage contains information to help you start your studies with us, and contact details for any questions you have.  We will update it with new information as it arrives, so remember to check back for news over the Summer.

Current Research Status

The Faculty has been working on Covid-related research throughout lockdown, helping the international effort to combat this pandemic. Because of this, we have been able to safely open up laboratories now for additional research.  The Schools of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience are all open for research, with some restrictions on total numbers.  We expect to be able to open Psychological Science in plenty of time for September.

Getting Started

Now is a good time to email your supervisor to make sure you are both in contact about starting. They will be able to give you specific detail of anything affecting your project, and can help you find the right person for any other questions.  

In normal years, all new students get together for a Faculty Induction, and we also meet you to register you on your programme.  We will have an online version of the Induction talks ready for September, which you will be able to access from this page when it suits you.  We will also put up information on how to register online.

Some of our PhD programmes have additional activities for their new students.  If that is the case for your programme, you will be contacted directly to tell you about how those have been adapted.


We provide a wide range of research training and personal skills development for our PGR students. Most of this is normally through workshops and seminars.  Over the Summer, we will add online versions of key training to this webpage, which you will be able to access this when you start.  Our aim is to make sure you have useful studying to do if we need to limit lab-based research for any reason.

Questions and help

We want to work with you to make sure we can help you with any questions you might have about starting your PGR degree, and also to help you with any issues you might have around starting.  Please take a look at the help page to find the right contact for your questions, and a list of FAQs.

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