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Research Postgraduate Entrants


Entrance and Matriculation Process

Below are the 10 steps to be completed by entrant postgraduate students, that is, students who are matriculating (registering) at the University for the first time.

Once you have confirmed your acceptance, we will send you the entrant email. Applications progress at different rates, so do not be too concerned if you haven't received your email yet.

Adding to your 'Safe Senders' or 'Contacts' list should ensure that your email does not go into your junk or spam folder.

Note for September 2018 entrants only

The official start date for postgraduate research students is stated on your offer letter. Different research programmes and Schools will start at different times. If you are in any doubt over your arrival date, please check this with your school.

Step 1 - Apply for Accommodation

Apply for accommodation if you have not already done so.

Once you have opened your computer account (see Step 2 below), you should use your username to log into the accommodation system.

If you have any queries about accommodation, please contact Student Accommodation Services.

Step 2 - Computer Account

Open your computer account and activate your University email.

Your University email address is your Your username is included in the entrant email and should always be in lower case. You will set up your password when you open your account.

Once you have opened your email account you will be able to access it using Office 365. You are required to check your University email at least every 48 hours.

IT Services will be providing help for new students at Matriculation.  Details will be posted here in August.

Step 3 - Pay your tuition and accommodation fees

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Find out about opening a bank account:

It is University policy not to send out invoices to students for payment of tuition and/or accommodation as all the fee information is published on our web pages.

  1. Changes in fees
    The University Court reserves the right to make changes in fees without notice at any time before or after a candidate's admission.

  2. Liability for tuition fees
    Entrants should note that it is a condition of registration with the University that they accept liability for their tuition fees.

Step 4 - Apply for your student ID card

Apply for your student ID (matriculation) card.

This card is also your library borrowing card, and it is a swipe card which will give you access to University buildings, such as the open-access computer classrooms.

If you do not start in the months of September or January, you will be informed by email when your card is ready to collect from the 'IT Service Desk' of the Main University Library.


Step 5 - Students with a disability

Information for students with a disability or learning difficulty.

Step 6 - Register with the Health Centre

Details for registering and accessing health care whilst you are studying in the UK:

You are encouraged to download and complete the new patient registration form (PDF, 157 KB) and student medical questionnaire (Word, 38 KB) and take this with you. 

If you have any general pre-arrival questions about health matters, please do not hesitate to contact The ASC on +44 (0)1334 462020 or email


Step 7 - Module choices

Research students, as a general rule, cannot take modules for credit.  Your supervisor will discuss with you an appropriate programme of training.

Step 8 - Meet with your supervisor

Students are required to contact their supervisors at the start of their studies, please contact your department if you wish to make an appointment to see your supervisor.

Step 9 - Matriculation

Online Matriculation (September entrants) will be available from 27 August 2018 and should be completed prior to your intended start date.  For all other start dates, you will be advised by email when you can access online matriculation.

This online process will guide you through the elements of registration required for you to become a St Andrews student. You should complete this online element before you arrive in St Andrews where possible.

An email will be sent to your University account with instructions on how to access the facility. It is important that you have created your email account to be able to access the online facility.


One of the elements of online matriculation includes completing an online course in training in good academic practice (sometimes referred to as 'TGAP').


Part of online matriculation will involve uploading a copy of your passport. If you were born in the UK and you have a UK birth certificate you may upload this if you do not have a passport.

When you go to Matriculation please take with you

  • the means to pay your fees if you have not already done so online (cheque, credit card).
  • your passport - for all students. If you were born in the UK and have a UK birth certificate you may bring that if you do not have a passport.
  • your visa/biometric card - for all students who have entered the UK with a visa or other UK Visas & Immigration permission.
  • your student ID (matriculation) card if you have one.

The matriculation event is in The Gateway (School of Management), see Map of University (PDF, 223 KB) during Orientation Week, (August/September entrants only). Thereafter, please take your documents to the Advice & Support Centre (ASC), 79 North Street for document checking.

Once you have completed the matriculation process we will send you an email to confirm that you are a registered student.

Step 10 - Register for Postgraduate Researcher Induction

This University induction is intended to help you make a smooth transition from undergraduate or masters study to postgraduate research student.  It focuses particularly on University procedures and the support available to help you make the most of your research and development opportunities as a postgraduate student. 

For further information and how to register go to Postgraduate Researcher Induction.


After Matriculation

Please contact your Supervisor in the first instance regarding any queries you may have with regard to any aspect of your studies or life at University of St Andrews. Another useful reference source is the Policy for supervisors and students in research postgraduate programmes.


GRADskills is the programme of courses, events and activities specifically for postgrads and postdocs delivered by the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD). The GRADskills programme provides a range of research and transferable skills workshops for every stage of your PhD.

To help you make the most of the development opportunities which are available to you at St Andrews e.g. through the GRADskills programme.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Rights

The University of St Andrews agreement comes into effect at Matriculation and covers all work undertaken by postgraduate students during their studies at St Andrews.


If you have any queries about the information published on this page then please contact Registry:

Postgraduate research students
Tel: +44 (0)1334 463084

Postgraduate taught students
Tel: +44 (0)1334 463086

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