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 to your University account.
  • 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 2016/17 academic year

The following table details the online registration periods for student commencing or resuming their studies during the 2016/17 academic year. Specific information regarding these periods of registration will be sent to all relevant students, either by Admissions (new students) or Student Records (returning students)

Period Opening Date Closing Date
September (PG) 23/08/2017 06/10/2017
October 10/10/2017 25/10/2017
November 01/11/2017 18/11/2017
December 01/12/2017 18/12/2017
January 02/01/2018 19/01/2018
February 01/02/2018 18/02/2018
March 01/03/2018 18/03/2018
April 01/04/2018 18/04/2018
May 30/04/2018 18/05/2018
June 01/06/2018 18/06/2018
July 01/07/2018 20/07/2018
August *Closed*

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 important on our Research Services pages, and also at the ORCiD website.


The below scheme details maximum periods of study for all PGR degrees, dependant on the research student’s mode of study at the point of registration. The University does not specify minimum periods of study for any PGR degrees, as students are able to complete their degree as soon as they are able and in agreement with their supervisors. 

Periods of Study for Degrees in the Faculty of Graduate Research

From October 2009

  PT: Max FT2: Max
PhD 7 years 4 years
PhD by Publication 2 years 2 years
MPhil 5 years 3 years
MPhil by Publication 3 years 2 years
MbyRes 3 years 2 years
MbyRes by Publication 1 year 1 year
EdD 7 years 4 years
EngD 7 years 4 years
DClinPsy n/a 3 years
DClin Res/DClin Prac 6 years n/a
MD3  5 years 3 years
MS3 5 years 3 years
DEdPsy n/a 3 years
DD/DEng/LLD/Dlitt/DSc No stipulated period of study

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