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Doctoral College

Postgraduate Research Handbook

The PGR Handbook has now moved to SharePoint - the 2022-23 Handbook can be found here

Please note, the 2021-22 Handbook on these pages will soon be archived. 


This Handbook is for all doctoral researchers studying at the University of Southampton in 2021/22.

Along with information from your Faculty, it provides everything you need to know about getting started with your research, making progress through your studies and getting the most out of your time here.

Many of you join us at different points in the year. Some of you will have studied at Southampton before, and others will be new to the city, or to the UK. Whatever your circumstances, the first few months of your doctoral degree are a vital time for making contacts, familiarising  yourself with what is on offer, locating important information and planning ahead. We hope this handbook helps.

If there is anything that you cannot find, or if you have any suggestions to improve it, please do get in touch with us at

Getting started

Getting Started

Information to get you started at the University of Southampton

Your Doctorate

Your Doctorate

Information on your Research Programme, Milestones, Professional Development and the Examination Process


Support and Welfare

Information on academic support, welfare support and Student Representatives



I need help with...

Information on your Faculty and the Doctoral College

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine

Cancer Sciences, Clinical & Experimental Sciences, Human Development & Health, Medical Education, Primary Care & Population Sciences

Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Economics, Social and Political Science, Southampton Business School, Southampton Law School, Southampton Education School, Mathematical Sciences

If you require this handbook in an alternative format, please contact

Please note that the contents of this handbook are correct at September 2021.

I’ve just reached the end of my PhD and looking back I can appreciate all the different parts of the University that came together to support me throughout this journey. I would like to thank the Doctoral College for the endless amount of support offered, especially when things got tough and they found me an amazing way out. They also provide a diverse range of training opportunities, which taught me so much, about not only research, but also my personality.

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