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Induction sessions

The Centre for Doctoral Studies holds a series of inductions for new postgraduate research students at the beginning of academic year and midway through each year.

The aim of these events is to welcome new research students to King’s and to provide an introduction to life as a doctoral student at King’s.

These sessions cover all research degrees and introduce students to the role of the Centre for Doctoral Studies, the Vice Deans for Doctoral Studies, as well as providing a comprehensive overview of key support services across the university.

Induction events also provide guidance to students on key questions such as “Writing for a Research Degree” and “What people do with a Doctorate”.

The day ends with an informal drinks and canape reception, where you will have the chance to meet and socialise with other new research students and members of staff. 

Upcoming sessions:

**Registration for the mid-session PGR Induction on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 is now closed**

The next PGR induction will take place in September. Check this page in the coming weeks for updates.

Main university-wide induction session for ALL new research students:

  • 18 April 2018
  • Registration from: 2:30pm
  • Programme starts: 3:00pm
  • Location: Stamford St Lecture Theatre, Stamford Street, Waterloo Campus

 Additional session for international postgraduate research students

    • 18 April 2018
  • Registration from: 12:30pm
  • Programme starts: 1:00pm
  • Location: Room 2.81, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus


International postgraduate research students

Session 1 - Immigration and Visas - 45 minutes

This session is for non-EU/non-EEA students and will cover all relevant issues about rights and responsibilities of holding a Tier 4 visa, police registration, getting incorrect visas corrected, rights to employment in the UK and Schengen visas for other European countries. Other visas including Tier 1, Tier 2  and dependant visas will also be touched upon. Led by a specialist international student adviser, you will have a chance to ask any questions you might have about your own visa.


Session 2 - Life in London - 30 minutes

This workshop will introduce you to living in London, covering practicalities such as using public transport, making the most of activities in the city and other useful tips. The session will also cover important aspects of the network of support, advice and information for students of King’s College London. Led by a specialist international student adviser, you will have a chance to ask any questions you might have about living in the UK and London and being a student at King’s.



A light lunch (sandwiches, cakes and tea etc.) will be served in the room before students make their way to the main induction session (see details above).

Part-time postgraduate research students

The Centre for Doctoral Studies runs two courses that are specifically aimed at doctoral students who are undertaking research on a part-time basis:

  • Surviving the Part-Time PhD 1: Prioritisation and Work-Life Balance
  • Surviving the Part-Time PhD 2: Planning Your PhD and Maintaining Motivation

These half-day workshops are booked through our online booking system, Skills Forge, using your King’s user name and password. Full details are available on the Doctoral Training Booklet.

Taught postgraduates

Induction for taught (i.e. MSc, MA and MRes) postgraduate students is currently undertaken at the local departmental/divisional/faculty levels, and new students should liaise directly with their faculty for further details.

How to reserve your place

Registration for mid-session Induction on the 18th of April, 2018 is now closed. Please check back on this page for updates on the next session in September.
To reserve your place on the upcoming induction session, please complete our online booking form available via the link here. If you have any queries please contact


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