Registration

Registration

To become a fully registered student, there are a number of steps you need to complete. Watch the video below for a helpful guide on everything you need to do. You'll also find these steps listed below.

For returning students please remember that Online Registration needs to be completed at the start of every academic year. Online registration and MyCurriculum will open on set dates, depending upon your year and programme of study. Information on when the systems will open to you can be found here.  

Student Online Registration (UG & PGT)

1. Set up your IT Account

You must activate your IT account, email and password. 

  • If you are creating an IT account there may be a delay of up to 3 hours in getting access to other systems. This might affect those students from Qatar, Online and transnational.

Please note this will only be available 40 days before your start date.
Note your password - you'll use it to access everything, including WiFi.


Top Tip

  • Connect your email to your mobile device. That way you will never miss any emails from the University.
  • Visit Toolkit to find out how to set up on your iOS or Android device.
  • Remember, we will be sending you a series of emails about getting ready and registration specific to your degree in the run-up to starting with us. Keep an eye on your University email for these!

2. Start Your Online Registration Process

To view the dates that online registration is open, visit this webpage.

You will be asked to:

  • Confirm your Personal, Financial and Academic details,
    • You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fees.
    • Sponsored students or students funded by Student Finance must send a copy of their award letter to tuitionfees@abdn.ac.uk (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).

 Online Registration will take you through the whole process of getting yourself registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen. As part of the registration process you will also need to upload a photo for your student ID card. You can upload your student ID card photo here.

Information on fees and funding
ID Card Photo Specifications
  • be of the file type .jpg (it will not accept .jpeg)
  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels high
  • at lease 50KB and no more thank 10MB
  • unaltered by computer software

The photo should also...

  • show you on your own, looking straight at the camera
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • be identical to you, and taken in the last month
  • be in colour (not black and white)
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • be taken against a plain cream, plain white or plain light grey background
  • not show you with red-eye
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses
  • be taken with nothing covering your face
3. Choose Your Courses Through MyCurriculum

The next part of the registration process is selecting your courses using MyCurriculum. This step can only be completed after Step 2.

MyCurriculum is the course selection system for on campus students. You use it to pick your courses. The system will step you through the process of selecting the courses for your degree. You will select your Prescribed Courses first, followed (if applicable) by optional courses under the Enhanced and Other tab. You should spent some time thinking about your degree programme and the courses you might like to take.

Please note that postgraduate research students, i.e. students studying for a PhD, do not need to complete MyCurriculum or MyTimetable. Contact the Infohub to complete your registration.

ERASMUS and International Exchange students will complete MyCurriculum with the assistance of their Go Abroad Tutor.

Please note MyCurriculum will open to you on set dates, depending upon your year and programme of study. Information on when the systems will open to you can be found here.

4. Choose your Class Selections Through MyTimetable

There can be a delay of up to 3 hours between completing MyCurriculum and all your courses being available for selection in MyTimetable.

  • If you are a new International student commencing your studies at the University.  Please visit the immigration and student visas web page for full information on what you need to do. You WILL NOT be able to see your courses in MyAberdeen until you have done this step.

MyTimetable allows you to choose and sign up for your tutorials, practicals and labs (if applicable) and finalise your personal timetable.

  • Issues can be reported by using the 'Report a Problem' button that appears at the top right of MyTimetable and your request will be allocated to the most appropriate team.
  • If MyCurriculum has been completed for you by the school or online team please check the MyTimetable opening times.

Please note:

  • With blended learning courses your timetable may not be as full/populated as expected. Please check with your school if you have any doubts.
  • Lectures are not being delivered on campus and will not appear in your timetable. Instead, see MyAberdeen for your lecture materials.
  • Some courses are online only and will not appear in MyTimetable. Please check this list.
  • Medical, Dental and Physician Associate Students should visit MyMBChB, MyBDS or MyPA respectively for information regarding timetables.
5. Your VLE and Student Hub

VLEs

The University uses Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) that enable you to:

  • view all your teaching materials
  • access the University’s online libraries
  • submit coursework
  • receive grades and feedback
  • keep up to date with what’s happening on your course
  • chat with your tutors and classmates in secure forums

These are also discussed further in Orientation.

MyAberdeen
This is the University’s virtual learning environment. This is where you will find learning materials and resources associated with your courses and where you will be notified of any announcements about your courses or the University.

 

MyMBChB - for medical students
If you are a medical student, you will use the MyMBChB website to access your latest lectures, personalised timetables, exam feedback, e-Learning, and other web based services.
MyBDS - for dentistry students

For dentistry students, you will use the MyBDS website which is a dedicated resource that provides lecture notes, learning materials, timetables and course-related announcements.

MyPA - for physician associates

For physician associate students, you will use the MyPA website which is a dedicated resource that provides lecture notes, learning materials, timetables and course-related announcements.

Student Hub

Once you have registered for the University of Aberdeen's computing facilities, you can use your computer username and password to access the University's Student Hub. From here you can view, check and update your personal details, course enrolments, class timetable, exam timetables and results, and more.

6. Complete Orientation

The Introduction to the University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need to prepare for and commence your student life. It is mandatory for all new UG and PGT students, and you are expected to complete the programme within the first month of teaching (16 October 2022). 

Upon completion of online registration, you will be able access the Orientation programme through MyAberdeen. It consists of four parts, with the below learning outcomes.

  • Topic 1: University of Aberdeen Orientation
    Understand the range of support, services and facilities available throughout your time at the University. 
  • Topic 2: Developing your Aberdeen Graduate Attributes
    Understand the concept of Aberdeen Graduate Attributes and how they can be developed through engagement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Topic 3: Understanding Equality and Diversity Issues
    Understand the concept of equality and diversity and how it affects yourself and others. 
  • Topic 4: Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Students
    Understand and implement health and safety procedures 

Information is also available about your School orientation.

7. Get Connected to Social

Social Media for current students

The University of Aberdeen has a presence across all major social media channels for current students. We use these channels to keep you up to date with all things related and of interest to current students, make sure you follow these channels - there may even be a competition or two! 

 

Central Student Channels (for current students of the University)

Follow the Central Student Channels to be in the know for everything current student.

Student Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are a great way of interacting with your peers with similar interests or academic route.

Students who are residents in University accommodation can join the accommodation group where you can meet and chat with flatmates prior to arriving and throughout their stay.

New Students can join out Freshers' Group which is jointly run by AUSA and the University. It's a forum for all things UoA!

School Social Channels

School specific channels which you may want to join, along with some related societies, and listed on the following web page.

Student Online Registration (PGR)

1. Set up your IT Account

You must activate your IT account, email and password. 

  • If you are creating an IT account there may be a delay of up to 3 hours in getting access to other systems. This might affect those students from Qatar, Online and transnational.

Please note this will only be available 40 days before your start date.
Note your password - you'll use it to access everything, including WiFi.


Top Tip

  • Connect your email to your mobile device. That way you will never miss any emails from the University.
  • Visit Toolkit to find out how to set up on your iOS or Android device.
  • Remember, we will be sending you a series of emails about getting ready and registration specific to your degree in the run-up to starting with us. Keep an eye on your University email for these!

2. Start Your Online Registration Process
  • You now need to complete Online Registration which will take you through the whole process of getting yourself registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen. 
  • You will also need to upload a photo for your student ID card here.

You will be asked to:

  • Confirm your Personal, Financial and Academic details,
    • You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fees.
    • Sponsored students or students funded by Student Finance must send a copy of their award letter to tuitionfees@abdn.ac.uk (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).

Please remember that online registration will only be available 30 days before your start date.

Information on fees and funding
Photo ID Specifications

Your ID photo should:

  • show you on your own, looking straight at the camera
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • be identical to you, and taken in the last month
  • be in colour (not black and white)
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • be taken against a plain cream, plain white or plain light grey background
  • not show you with red-eye
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses
  • be taken with nothing covering your face

 

As soon as you arrive at the University, It is critical that you meet with your PhD Supervisor(s) and PGR School administrator when you first arrive at the University, before you visit the Infohub.

If you are a distance learning PGR student, once you have completed online registration you should email postgraduate@abdn.ac.uk and ask them to activate your record.

3. Orientation

The Introduction to the University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need to prepare for and commence your research degree.

  • You will receive an invite to complete this.

In addition to your University Orientation programme, as a PGR student you have a mandatory training programme that must be completed within your first 6 months.

You will also have a school and/or discipline specific orientation to complete.

4. Get Connected to Social

The University runs a PGR Facebook Group with the aim of connecting PGR students to each other for networking purposes prior to arriving and throughout their time studying with us here in Aberdeen.

Next Steps

Now you have registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen, there are a few things you should still do. It can feel a bit overwhelming to think of everything you need to do, but don't worry - we can help!

Follow the steps below and read the information so that you are aware of everything. Some of these steps can be done before you start your studies.

Before you arrive
International Students
Book Accommodation

If you haven't already done so, you should book your accommodation.

We guarantee to offer you a place in our portfolio of accommodation either University-owned or with one of our preferred partners providing your application reaches us by the deadline, although we will still accept applications after this date.
 

Arrange your Funding

Use this form to search for all types of funding sources to assist with financing either your Undergraduate or Postgraduate study. You'll find information on bursaries, scholarships, PhD vacancies and external sources of funding relevant to you.

Book the Meet & Greet Service

Our Meet and Greet service is free for new UoA students, and will provide a friendly and welcoming arrival to Aberdeen before you begin your studies. Book in advance and we'll assist you with the journey to your accommodation when you arrive.

Complete Orientation

If you haven't already done so, you should complete the mandatory Orientation programme for new UG and PGT students which is available on MyAberdeen upon completion of online registration.

Sign up for a Student Mentor (UG only)

Our peer to peer support programme, Students 4 Students (S4S), will help you settle into university life with advice and support from your fellow students. Our mentors are current undergraduate students who are keen to share their experiences and knowledge of university life, and help you find out about the range of opportunities and services available to you.
 

Sign up for Orientation events
Sign up for events held before or during Welcome Week.
Keep an eye on your Academic Induction
To help you prepare for the year ahead, your School will organise an academic induction programme. Please check the New Student webpages regularly for any updates.
Download the UoA Guidebook App

The UoA Student Guide app has everything you need to know as a new student and beyond, packed with information, events and activities you can take part in during Welcome Week and throughout the year. You can also add items to your own To-Do list.

Disability Advisory Service

If you have a disability, specific learning difference like dyslexia, a mental health or long-term health condition and would like support in your studies, our Disability Team offers confidential information, advice and support.
 

When you arrive
International Students

The following items are more detailed in the Pre-Departure & Arrival Guide:
 

ID Card Collection

You must set up your IT Account and complete Online Registration before your student ID card can be produced.

You can collect your student ID card from the Infohub, open Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 5pm and Fridays from 10am to 5pm. Students in Hillhead should collect their Student ID from the reception. 

Students in the Qatar campus can pick their student ID cards up from the Student Hub.

Welcome Week
Welcome Week will run from 12 to 16 September 2022. Get involved in activities including Orientation events and your Academic Induction.
Meet your Personal Tutor/Supervisor/Regent

There will be one person whose role is to be your primary point of contact and to help you make the best of your time at University. You should meet with that person when you're invited to.

Find out more about Pastoral Support:

Accommodation
Update your Address
Please remember to update your address and contact details via Student Hub.
Register with a GP and Dentist
You should register with a GP and Dentist as soon as possible upon arrival. More information is available here.
Stay Safe

 

Immigration and Student Visa

If you are a new International student commencing your studies at the University you must complete your Right to Study Check and fully register by your latest course start date – even if you are not in the UK.  Please visit the immigration and student visas web page for full information on what you need to do. You WILL NOT be able to see your courses in MyAberdeen until you have done this step.

Staying Connected and Updated

Social Media for current students

The University of Aberdeen has a presence across all major social media channels for current students. We use these channels to keep you up to date with all things related and of interest to current students, make sure you follow these channels - there may even be a competition or two! 

If you haven't already we would recommend following the UoA Student Life Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. 

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PGR Students should follow the PGR School Twitter account.

Additionally, the University also run a variety of other Facebook Groups which you can join. These include a University resident Accommodation group where you can meet your flatmates prior to arrival, and also PGT and PGR groups.

Packing List
  • Don't pack more than you can carry!
  • Put tags onto all your bags and label them clearly
  • Check your airlines maximum luggage weights and policies
  • Check what luggage is allowed in hold and cabin
  • Pack for all weathers - sunshine, snow, rain and moderate.
  • For a full up-to-date list of what not to pack visit the Gov.uk website

Hand luggage:

Make sure you take photocopies of all your important documents, packing these into your hand baggage

  • Passport and visa
  • Flight tickets and any other travel documents
  • University documents
  • Evidence of financial support for fees and maintenance
  • Evidence of TB screening if this was required as part of your visa process
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Accommodation details 

Accommodation:

If you are staying in University Accommodation bedding and kitchen packs can be bought in advance and delivered to your room.

Visit the accommodation website for a full list of what you should take with you.