The Graduate School

Enrolment, Registration & FAQs


Postgraduate Taught Students

Registration

You will receive information on enrolment and registration in August/September prior to your course. This will include you QUB student number and password, both of which you will need to access your QUB email account and QSIS, the university's Student Information System.

You must register online before coming to Queens. To do this, log on to QSIS

Click on Self Service -> Student Centre. The Registration Wizard should open. For a full guide to the Registration Wizard please click here.

After confirming your programme of study and the academic year, you will enter the 'Enrolment' section of the Registration process. In this section you will choose the courses that you wish to study as part of your course. A full guide to self-enrolment is available here.

Next step: Attend registration on campus. The information you received by post will include dates and details of on-site registration.

At enrolment you will be given your Student Smart Card, which will give you access to the Mc Clay library and the Graduate School. The Student Smart Card can also be used for printing and for payment in campus catering outlets. 

You will find further information on your School and Department in your Student Handbook

 

Key information for 2016 Registration

You will receive information in the post about registration in August/early September. Further information regarding dates of Enrolment and Registration can be found here.

Meeting People - Get Connected

The Graduate School organises a week long series of events and activities designed to help you settle in and get to know your fellow postgraduate students. Full details are on our Welcome Week page. Follow us on Twitter (@QUB_gradschool) and facebook to get the latest updates on events throughout the week. 

Your School will also run orientation events and most faculties host postgraduate parties to introduce newbies to staff and students.

The Student's Union runs a Fresher's Week, which will include a Fresher's Fair. You should sign up to a club or society that interests you.

Surviving the first few weeks

Classes begin the week after Welcome Week. Depending on your discipline you may find that you have few contact hours on campus and are expected to do a signifcantly greater amount of independant study than you did as an undergrad.

Get into a good routine of work early on to ensure you make the most effective use of your time. Many students adopt a 9.00-17.00 working day for example to help them organise their day. Figure out what works well for you and stick to it.

Make an effort to get to know other postgraduate taught and research students in your School in addition to getting to know the Staff. You will probably have met the School Postgraduate coordinator at your induction session. You may need to identify a potential supervisor for your disseration or final project. Part of your course may involve group work so it is a good idea to try to get know your peers early on. 

Familiarise yourself with the Library and online resources. The Library often holds discipline specific training sessions in the first few weeks of term so keep an eye out for these on the Library website.

The Learning Development Service offers workshops and one to one advice sessions throughout the academic year. A number of these, such as Dissertation Writing, are specifically geared to postgraduate taught students. You will receive emails regarding PGT specific workshops and details of how to sign up throughout the year.

Jargon Buster


 

   
QUB: Queen’s University Belfast
 PGR:   Postgraduate Research
 PGT:   Postgraduate Taught
PRDP:   Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme
 SGC:  Student Guidance Centre
 PEC:  Physical Education Centre (Queen’s Sport)
 PFC:  Peter Frogatt Centre
 QFT:  Queen’s Film Theatre
 QSIS:  Queen’s Student Information System
 OWA:  Outlook Web Access (QUB webmail)
 ILL:  Inter-Library Loans
 QCAT:  Queen’s Library Catalogue (now QCat discovery)
QISS:  Queen’s International Student Society
 ECIT:  The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology
 CSIT:  Centre for Secure Information Technologies
 INTO:   Centre providing pre-university English language courses to international students.
 SPACE:  School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
 GAP:  School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
 EEECS:  School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
 SARC:  Sonic Arts Research Centre                                                                                                                                                                             

Postgraduate Research Students

Surviving Registration

Before you can begin your life as a postgraduate student, you must register as a student to the University. Notification will be sent to you confirming the time and place of registration. 

At enrolment you will be given your Student Smart Card, which will give you access to the Mc Clay library and the Graduate School. The Student Smart Card can also be used for printing and for payment in campus catering outlets. 

You will find further information on your School and Department in your Student Handbook

Academic fees are sorted at enrolment, so it is essential that you are there!

Postgraduate research students in receipt of funding or scholarships - Remember to keep your letter of funding in a safe place for future reference.

Research Students - You will also receive information on the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, which provides support and training for your research and personal development throughout the PhD programme.

 

Key information for 2016 Registration

You will receive information in the post about registration in August/early September. Further information regarding Enrolment and Registration dates can be found here.

Induction - Postgraduate Research Students

 All first year PGR students must attend an induction day in early October. This is a great opportunity to meet people, as well as get important information about organising your research. Contact pg.training@qub.ac.uk for further details.

Your School should also organise an induction day for new students. This will provide vital information on departmental procedures, workspace, School facilities, research seminars etc.

You should set up an appointment with your supervisor within the first few weeks. The supervisor can answer your queries and get you on track to begin your research.

The McClay Library at QUB provides tours and tutorials throughout the first semester. Get to know your Subject Librarian who will be a useful contact to guide you through the resources available to you in your area. You will find information on Subject Librarians here or on the library website.

Information on PhD Funding

 Students in receipt of funding will be paid in monthly stipends - this is paid in arrears on the 25th of each month.

(For example, if you register to begin your research in September, the first payment will be paid into your bank account on 25th October).

 

If you have any queries or worries about funding, you can contact graduateschool@qub.ac.uk

Jargon Buster

QUB: Queen’s University Belfast
 PGR:   Postgraduate Research
 PGT:   Postgraduate Taught
PRDP:   Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme
 SGC:  Student Guidance Centre
 PEC:  Physical Education Centre (Queen’s Sport)
 PFC:  Peter Frogatt Centre
 QFT:  Queen’s Film Theatre
 QSIS:  Queen’s Student Information System
 OWA:  Outlook Web Access (QUB webmail)
 ILL:  Inter-Library Loans
 QCAT:  Queen’s Library Catalogue (now QCat discovery)
 QISS:  Queen’s International Student Society
 ECIT:  The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology
 CSIT:  Centre for Secure Information Technologies
 INTO:   Centre providing pre-university English language courses to international students.
 SPACE:  School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
 GAP:  School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
 EEECS:  School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
 SARC:  Sonic Arts Research Centre                                                                                                                                                                             

 

FAQs

Where do I Find out about Postgraduate Accommodation?

Postgraduate Halls of Residence

Full information about QUB Student Accommodation can be found at www.stayatqueens.com 

  • Willow Walk is a dedicated brand new halls for postgraduate students only
  • Grant House offers strictly alcohol-free accommodation
  • Mount Charles offers accommodation primarily for postgraduate students in period-style red-brick houses

 

 

Private Sector Accommodation

Advice about renting in the private sector in Belfast is availavle via www.stayatqueens.com

  • SU Lets is run by the Student's Union with a letting agency and is committed to finding quality private sector accommodation for students
  • Gumtree and www.spareroom.co.uk are popular websites for finding shared accommodation
  • www.propertypal.com offers rented accommodation from a wide number of letting agents

Is There a University Website for New Students?

If there Anything else I Should Know?

  • If you have moved house, ensure that you have an up-to-date TV License. They cost about £140 for the year.
  • If you need new furniture, Ikea is the cheapest place around (beside City Airport). Dunnes Stores and Argos are also good (city centre)
  • Go to the Fresher’s Fair at the Student’s Union and join one of the 150 societies. The dates are advertised on the website www.qubsu.org
  • Look out for and take part in Postgraduate Welcome Week - there will be events organised for postgraduate students to socialise.