The constant activities organised for students (seminars, conferences, social events) really help to expand my personal network and my knowledge of my field.

Monica Ronchi- Middle Eastern Politics

Getting Started

University registration is the process by which you agree to the University’s current regulations. It is a requirement for both new and returning students to complete registration at the start of your studies in each academic year

Registration for most students takes place online in the Student Record System

All students will receive a notification when they need to register.

  • New students receive this notification in the Welcome email from Admissions. Before you can register online, you will need to activate your University IT account
  • Returning students receive this notification by email.
  • New international students usually cannot complete University registration until the International Student Clearance has been completed, as detailed in the Welcome email from Admissions.
  • International students returning to study after an interruption may not be able to complete University registrations until the International Student Clearance has been completed, as detailed in the “Returning from interruption” email from the PGR administration team.

How to access online registration

  •  Log in to the Student Record System using your short username and password
  • In the Student Record System, if you have been cleared to register you will see a red box "Welcome to online registration"
  • Click on the "REGISTER NOW" link to enter the online registration pages

 If you have not been cleared to register, or do not need to register, you should see a message telling you why you cannot or do not need to register.

A charge of £50 may apply if registration is not completed within the dates issued, as well as a temporary block on IT access and library borrowing rights.

Online Registration Dates for the 2018/19 academic year



MyPGR is an online facility for the tracking of PGR student progress. The system delivers a consistent approach to the management of PGR students, enabling improved reporting and ensuring an enhanced experience for students

PGR students on all programmes are given access to the system upon registering for the current academic year, and can be accessed via the SRS login

MyPGR provides an online tool which records meetings between students and supervisors and mentors: students take responsibility for arranging meetings and writing them up, and meetings can be set-up and signed off by more than one supervisor.

MyPGR specifies a minimum number of meetings (contact events) across the year with the deadline for completion of each event the end of the month in which the event falls.

The interface allows for upload of documents, and provides useful information about the student, drawn from the Student Records system.

Management of registration processes: interruptions, upgrades and change to continuation status requests are managed through MyPGR.

Nomination of Examiners: Boards of Examiners are nominated and approved through MyPGR.

To get a better understanding of how the system works, you might like to take a look at the MyPGR training pages, which include screenshots of the system, along with video introductions demonstrating how to set up events in MYPGR.

MyPGR user manuals can be found on the MyPGR manuals page.

Please see the useful contacts and information page  for information on College leads on this project.

At the University of Exeter we encourage all academics and research students to create an ORCiD ID in order to be part of the growing research family around the world. ORCiD provides a personal digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and supports automated links between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognised.

There is a simple registration process that be can be found on the website to get an ORCiD ID, and it is important that you record your personal identifier with the University through MyPGR

You can find more information on ORCiD and it’s importance on our Research Services pages, and also at the ORCiD website.


The scheme details can be found on the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual - Periods of registration and changes to registration status for graduate research students.


Our Academic Colleges provide bespoke guidance and support for Postgraduate Researchers in their disciplines. All the contact details for the colleges can be found below:

College Email Address
University of Exeter Business School
University of Exeter Medical School
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
College of Humanities
College of Social Sciences and International Studies
(St Luke's)
College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Cornwall Based Students