Welcome to Edinburgh

Welcome week information for MSc taught students.


The programme of welcome events for the School of Informatics Postgraduate students

Welcome week

Welcome Week is traditionally the week before studies start. This year it will start on Monday 12th September 2022 and end on Friday 16th September 2022.

The School of Informatics Welcome events are detailed in the tables below; please attend the sessions as they contain important information to get you started on your postgraduate (PG) degree programme.  The University also has its own calendar of Welcome events, including campus tours and a series of events intended for International students. The following link provides further information for new students:

New Students

The ‘New Students 2022-2023’ guide is now available to download within the ‘University of Edinburgh Events’ App.  The guide provides information on Welcome Week events, Campus Maps, Social Media and much more.  You can download the free App by following these instructions:

Event App

Matriculation and student card collection

Before you arrive, you should have completed the online registration form which will be available via the MyEd portal in the Student Personal Details channel around 4 weeks before your programme start date.  Full information is available on the Student Support website:

How to Register

If you have not already received your student card, you can collect it from the University card collection event at the Main Library, George Square.

Card Collection Open Hours

Meeting your student advisor and cohort lead, and confirming attendance

During Welcome Week (Monday 12th - Friday 16th September) you should attend the meeting that your student advisor and cohort lead will invite you to shortly after you have received the School's welcome email.  Please contact the Teaching Organisation if you have yet to receive this email.

At the meeting your student advisor will confirm your attendance and your student advisor and cohort lead will lead activities to help you get started in your studies.

Please note: You will not be fully matriculated as a student until you have confirmed your attendance, you must have arrived and had your attendance confirmed before 17.00 on Friday 30th September 2022 (end of week 2); after this date you will be referred to the College Office and you may not be permitted to commence your studies.

University matriculation information

Your Student Advisor is responsible for registering your course choices; the deadline to register your courses is 17.00 on 30th September 2022 (end of week 2). You cannot change Semester 1 courses after this date.  You can view your course choices in your MyEd Portal.

Postgraduate Welcome events  

This list is subject to change - please check back for updates.

Monday 12th September

Principal's welcome

Your formal welcome to the University of Edinburgh from Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

11:30 & 14:30 in the McEwan Hall

Friday 16th September

School of Informatics Welcome Event for new Postgraduates

Welcome from our head of School, Professor Jane Hillston, and Director of Teaching, Professor Björn Franke.

16:30 in the Informatics Forum

Throughout the week

Meet your student advisor and cohort lead

Meetings with your student advisor and cohort lead will be held throughout the week in Appleton Tower. Your student advisor will email you with further details of when your meeting will be.

Society activities

Compsoc and Edinburgh Hoppers will be organising activities - check their websites for details.

Meeting your Student Adviser, confirming attendance and making course choices 

Your Student Adviser is assigned to you by the beginning of September.

Your Student Adviser will provide you with direct support and guidance throughout your time at University. You will also have a Cohort Lead, an academic member of staff who will help you and other students on the same degree programme with academic development and subject-related challenges.

Your Student Adviser and Cohort Lead will email you to introduce themselves and to invite you to an online meeting about how to choose courses, and to let you know where to go in Welcome Week to confirm your attendance.

During Welcome Week they will contact you to set up an initial meeting. At this meeting your Student Adviser will confirm your attendance, discuss your course choices and enrol you on your chosen courses.