Welcome and Freshers’ Week
You must register before arriving on campus. This will mean uploading a photograph and (if you are an overseas student) a copy of your passport photo page and visa. Make sure you print off the Registration Confirmation page and bring it with you, as this will be necessary for various induction procedures. College identity (ID or swipe) cards can be collected from the PG Office, Room 316, Blackett Laboratory or handed out in the halls of accommodation on arrival if you are staying in halls. If you haven’t uploaded your photo, you will need to go to the ID card office, Level 1, Shefield Building, where they will take your photo and either send it to the department for you to collect or give it to you directly. More information can be found on the College's security pages. If you have already done an undergraduate or masters course at Imperial, please note that you will need to give your old card in to the ID Card office to be able to obtain the new one.
The timetable Freshers’ Week is slightly different for each student and varies from section to section. You should have received the information on where to go from your section Administrator. There is more information on Welcome Week.
Departmental Welcome events
There are Welcome events for PG students which will take place mainly in the first week of term. The main one to include in your calendar is on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 from 1:30 p.m.
English Language Requirements for PhD Students
Postgraduate research students who are not native speakers of English must fulfil the Imperial College London PhD English Requirement as soon as possible after registering for their PhD. This requirement is separate from and in addition to meeting the College entry requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) It is compulsory from for any student that did not do their undergraduate degree in the UK, even if they did their Masters at Imperial or at any other university in the UK. A second assessment at the Early Stage Assessment may be required depending on the result of the earlier internal assessment. These courses are all FREE for PhD students. Information about the requirement can be found at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/phd-students/.
Information about the writing courses and speaking courses offered by the Centre for Academic English to support students at different stages of their PhD can be found here: