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Starting your doctorate

Find out more about the University's compulsory induction session for new doctoral researchers

As a new doctoral researcher at the University of Bath, you are required to attend this compulsory induction session.

You will learn about the process of doctoral study, have the opportunity to meet other members of the doctoral community and find out about key university services.

You'll hear from key members of staff about working with your supervisor, your professional development and how you are represented as a doctoral student. At the end of the session you will have the opportunity to join a 30 - 45 minute guided tour of the campus led by our Doctoral Engagement Ambassadors.

You'll all receive a welcome pack to take away which contains a Doctoral College handbook, a voucher for a free keep-cup, lanyard and lots of information about university services.

If you are starting a Professional Doctorate, you will have separate induction arrangements which will be sent to you by your Doctoral Programme Administrator.


We are running several 'Starting your doctorate' sessions. Please book the earliest convenient session.

Starting Your Doctorate: Timetable

To give you an idea of what to expect during induction, we have provided a sample timetable below. This will be finalised and updated ahead of the next induction.

Time Content
09:00 Arrival, breakfast and networking
09:30 Introduction
09:35 The University, The Doctoral College and your doctoral community
09:50 Getting to know each other
10:05 Understanding your doctoral journey: academic milestones and rules and regulations
10:20 Doctoral supervision: what it involves and how to make the most of it
10:40 Break
10:55 Supporting your professional development and career management
11:25 The Library: how it can support you
11:35 Supporting you: panel discussion and Q&A with Student Services, SU Advice and Support Centre and The University Independent Advisor
11:50 The SU
12:00 UCU Membership
12:05 Current students share their experiences
12:15 Useful tips and information about doctoral facilities and events coming up
12:20 Final remarks
12:30 Campus Tour (Optional activity)

Contact details

If you have a question about 'Starting Your Doctorate' please get in touch