If you've confirmed your place and completed all the things to do straight away, start getting ready to begin your postgraduate life at York.

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Have you checked your emails?

Important information about your arrival and starting your studies will come into your University email account. This will include deadlines for module choices and updates on your timetable - so don't forget to keep checking this account.

For a guide on all the systems you will use when you're here, see IT Services information for new users.

Join our postgraduate community online

Join the Official University of York Postgraduate students 2019/20 Facebook group

You're automatically a member of our Graduate Student Association (GSA) and YUSU (the University of York Students' Union). Think about following them on social media and getting involved.

If you're a research student, you'll be a part of the York Graduate Research School (YGRS), and you can join the YGRS Google+ community to keep up to date with news and events.

Your college

At York you'll be a member of one of our a colleges - a small, distinct community that will become your home from home. Wentworth College is the postgraduate-only college at York, but you can apply to any of the other eight colleges.

You'll have access to common rooms and receive invitations to college activities and events, and your college will offer welfare support and student representation.

Your department

Look out for induction and welcome events run by your department to help you meet staff and students on your programme.

Faith and religion

A number of chaplains and religious/faith groups organise social events and services.

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Getting ready for postgraduate study

You may find studying as a postgraduate different to your undergraduate work. You may be expected to be more independent and more focused.

We're here to help you through the transition.

Preparing to study

Your department may have Preparing to study pages with information and advice on starting your studies.

Check for any pre-study materials provided by your department. You may receive a reading list - before you rush out to buy your books, check our Library YorSearch to see what's there. Sometimes relevant chapters are loaded onto the Yorkshare VLE and the Library does run a book exchange where leaving students donate their books for new students.

Your supervisor

If you are a postgraduate researcher (PGR) you may have already had contact with your supervisor. Although your study will be more independent than for a taught course, your supervisor will provide an important role in guiding your research.

If you are a postgraduate taught student (PGT) your department will help to place you with a relevant supervisor for your studies.

Your department will arrange for you to meet your supervisor early in your first term. Read our advice on how to get the most from your supervisory sessions.

When do I get my timetable?

You will get an early version of your timetable in August with mandatory items included. As you get closer to arrival, we will add in college and other induction events. If you've been asked to choose modules, these will be added to your timetable in early September.

Study resources

The University Library is a key resourse. Your University card gives you 24/7 access to the Library and associated study spaces almost every day of the year. Check out their Information for new students to get started and have a look at our Skills guides for videos and interactive tutorials.

You can also take our virtual Library tour and view our video guides to find out how things work and explore the Subject Guides to see what's available for you.

Your department will have a dedicated Academic Liaison Librarian to advise you on how to find and use the right resources for your studies.

You may also wish to ask for advice from the Library’s Research Support Team for help with open access publication, managing your research data and copyrights.

Study skills

Visity the Student Skills Hub to improve your academic skills, including writing, maths, IT or language skills through online modules, courses, drop-in sessions and workshops.

For postgraduate researchers the Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) offer you the opportunity to advance your skills and training tailored to research.

If you are studying for a Masters degree, you must complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial on the VLE as soon as possible.

Research students must complete the Research Integrity Tutorial on the VLE. 

We also have tailored advice on studying at York for international students.

Manage your money

Plan in advance how you will make your money last each term. We have sample budgets and general advice on managing your money

If you do find yourself worrying about money once you're at York, our Finance pages outline the people you can talk to and possible hardship and emergency funding available.

Unfortunately, there are people who make a living by tricking others out of money. Students are often targeted but you can learn to recognise scams and protect yourself against them. Read our advice for all students Scammers - they’re after your money to find out what to be aware of.

Opening a bank account

UK students can open a student bank account once you have accepted your offer. Get advice on the best student bank account deals on websites like MoneySavingExpert.com.

International students will have to wait until they are in the UK before opening a UK bank account. See information for new international students on getting ready to arrive.

Are your vaccinations up to date?

All students need to be up to date with vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and meningococcal MenACWY vaccines. Arrange these with your local doctor or visit Unity Health Centre on campus when you get here.

See NHS advice on Getting medical care as a student.

International students

If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you may need additional vaccinations and screenings before arriving in the UK as part of your Tier 4 visa application. All non-EU international students will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your visa application. See healthcare for international students.

More information for new international students.

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