Graduate School

New students

Getting started with your research degree.

Your postgraduate study at Portsmouth begins each year with registration. After registration you will receive your student ID card, which gives you access to the libraries, and a Portsmouth computer username and password.

Graduate School Induction

We arrange a two-day introductory programme to help you make rapid progress with your studies. The Graduate School Induction event runs in October and February each year and is compulsory for all new postgraduate research degree students. The event will provide you with: 

  • Introductions to the key personnel involved in the Graduate School and registration of your research degree
  • Understanding of what is different about doctoral level postgraduate study and how to prepare for it
  • Opportunities to meet other research degree students and supervisors from your department, Faculty and the wider university as a whole. During the three days you will be introduced to the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and events, and shown how to login to the Skills Forge software

Your faculty and/or department will also organise local welcome events. Before arriving at the University, you will be invited to attend these introductory events. If you require more details about induction, please contact your departmental office or the Graduate School who will arrange for you to be sent details. 

Our next 'Getting started with your research' event will be taking place on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of February, 2019. All new students will receive an invitation to attend with further details in early September.


Vitae also provides some extremely useful advice on getting started with your PhD including a downloadable professional development guide for new researchers. It also organises interactive Google hangouts with leading research professionals as well as useful advice on getting started, planning your time and developing your skills as a researcher. Visit the Vitae Website.