Get ready for your studies
Information for new students
IGS Getting Started Guidance
All students should ensure that they have read the relevant Getting Started Guidance document on the basis of their programme start date.
September and October 2023 intake students
New students that have started studies in September or October 2023 should refer to the document below for information.
January 2024 intake students
New students that have started studies in January 2024 should refer to the document below for information
Payment forms for funded students
New PGR students in receipt of a stipend from the School need to complete the form below and return it to IGS and also submit their UK bank details into their MyED Student Record. Printed forms are also available for pickup at the IGS office.
For more information please refer to section 1.8 of the IGS Getting Started Guidance above.
Your essential tasks
Matriculation and student card collection
Every student needs to complete the registration and matriculation process in order to be a fully-matriculated student. You should have been sent a link to appropriate guidance about the online registration / matriculation process approx. 4 weeks before you are due to commence your studies. If you have not already completed the online registration, please aim to do this before you arrive on campus.
Guidance on registering your University login and MyEd account, as well as completing the matriculation process is available here:
As a University of Edinburgh student you are required to have a valid student card. You can find information on how to apply for a student card here:
Once you have completed online registration and collected your student card from the Main Library at George Square, you need to confirm your attendance in person.
Institute-led students should visit the Informatics Graduate School (IGS) and CDT students should meet with a CDT Administrator.
Once attendance is confirmed, the following will be organised:
- registration details for your DICE account (the School of Informatics computing system);
- access to PGR office space;
- access to Computing Facilities provided by the School;
- details about receiving your monthly stipend and completing necessary financial paperwork (applicable to funded students only).
Arranging and receiving UoE stipend payments
You can find more information on how to pay your fees below
All students must complete and submit the Financial Registration Form and submit it to the University Fees team. Failure to complete this task may result in you being incorrectly invoiced for tuition fees.
If you have been awarded a PhD scholarship, which is administered by the School of Informatics, then the tuition fees related to your academic programme of study will be paid directly to the University by the relevant School department. However, in order to receive stipend payments, students must be Fully Matriculated.
Students who are to be paid a stipend should complete and return the necessary finance paperwork to IGS ASAP, and by the end of September welcome week (or the week of arrival if arriving outside of the September welcome week). Delays in receiving the necessary information will result in delays in students receiving their first payment.
Students must also add their UK bank account information into their EUCLID student record (click the following link https://edin.ac/finance-student-bank-details). This will allow students to login to their MyEd account and access the “Add my bank details to my student record” online form. We need your UK bank account details submitted in this format to process the initial stipend payment.
Note that the IGS can only make stipend payments into BACS compliant UK bank accounts.
IMPORTANT - Once a student is fully matriculated, and IGS have been provided with the necessary paperwork and UK bank account details are in EUCLID, the IGS Finance Administrator will submit a payment request for the initial bulk payment. It can take up to 20 working days for this initial payment to reach the student bank account, so students should plan their finances accordingly. Students may be a few weeks into their study before the first payment is received. The first payment made is normally a block payment, equivalent of 3 months of stipend payments, subsequent payments will be paid monthly (in advance, not arrears) into the same UK bank account.
New students are expected to complete relevant training in order to be granted access to the Informatics buildings. For further guidance on compulsory induction you need to complete please see below.
Updates will also be communicated to new students via email or during the IGS welcome and induction sessions.