Alliance Manchester Business School (Postgraduate research)

Welcome to postgraduate research at Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS).

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    Checklist for starting your programme

    In the coming weeks before you join us, please take a few moments to go through the following checklist to make sure all the essentials are covered.

    1. Send your sponsor letter

    Remember if you are externally sponsored (i.e. not by AMBS or the University/ESRC/EPSRC/RADMA, family, or friends), please make sure that you send an official letter detailing your sponsorship to reach us as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so. The letter must provide the details shown below:

    UK/EU sponsors Overseas sponsor
    Official letterhead paper with contact details Official letterhead paper with contact details
    Addressed to The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL Addressed to The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
    Your full name Your full name
    Your programme of study Your programme of study
    Your year of study or the range of years the sponsorship will apply Your year of study or the range of years the sponsorship will apply
    Statement that tuition fees (and amount) will be paid upon receipt of invoice Statement that tuition fees (and amount) will be paid upon receipt of invoice
    Contain a VAT/Company registration number If you have overseas government funding, the letter should be from the relevant London Embassy.
    Purchase Order number (if required) Purchase Order number (if required)

    2. Apply for your student visa (if appropriate)

    If you need a Student Visa to enter the UK for your studies, you should by now have received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement from us.

    If you have not yet received your CAS or a message from our team about this, please get in touch straight away.

    We know that sometimes applying for a visa can be a lengthy and perhaps daunting process, and so we would like very much to make sure that you have this important document as quickly as possible.

    When you travel to Manchester, please ensure that you bring your original documents of the qualification(s) detailed in the ‘Offer Documents’ section of your CAS with you.

    3. Arrange to open your UK bank account

    Some banks may allow you to open a bank account before you arrive in the UK, but others will want you to wait until you arrive in Manchester, and your registration is complete so it's important to check with them as to what their policy is.

    For more information and guidance, please see set up a bank account.

    4. Register

    Registration opens on 1 September. 

    Please register as soon as the registration window opens and before 30 September.

    You will find instructions on the registration process, along with other tasks you may need to undertake (such as activating your IT account) on the Welcome website.

    5. Enter your bank account details

    For those of you who will be in receipt of University-administered funding, you must open a UK bank account in order to receive your stipend payments in a timely manner.    

    For payments to be made to you on time beginning in October, you will also need to enter those bank details against your student record.  

    This can only be done after you have completed registration. 

    When you have completed registration and are ready to enter your bank details, please follow the instructions provided on the Student Support website.

    6. Think about your course units

    The delivery of the programme will have a very different start this year, and so ahead of commencing your MRes or PhD journey on 19 September, we encourage you to start thinking about the courses you would like to take as part of your research training in your first year with us.  

    To access the course outlines running in 2022/23, visit information for offer-holders.

    Welcome timetable

    Induction 2022/23 will be an in-person event, run on campus. 

    For more information, view your Welcome timetable.

    Support and advice

    We’re following advice from Universities UK, Public Health England, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure that the campus is ready for your arrival.

    We're committed to providing the best student experience possible while also recognising your health, safety and well-being are of paramount importance.

    Between your supervisory teams and your administrative contacts, we aim to support you as best as we possibly can. 

    If you have any questions not covered here, remember that you can reach out to us directly at the School. 

    Preparing to start your course

    Before starting your course, visit the welcome pages, where there are a few practical things we need you to complete in your first few weeks to get things started. 

    You can also view a list of steps that AMBS encourages you to take before starting your course

    Your course and studies

    The AMBS PhD & MPhil Doctoral Programmes Handbook and the DBA Programme Handbook are one of the main sources of information about your programme, studies and available support throughout your degree. 

    We recommend saving the handbook as a favourite, or adding it to your bookmarks, to give you easy access whenever you need it. 

    Settling in

    At The University of Manchester, students have the opportunity to engage with a number of groups and organisations that should make the transition to University more enjoyable. 

    Find out more about just some of these opportunities below. 

    • Student societies are student groupings based on your interests. It can be whatever: there are already Student Societies on board games, Disney, magic, flight simulation, sports or anime. AMBS students have also a host of their own societies.
    • Why not test Academic English workshops in taster sessions during the welcome week? Regardless of whether you do, you can sign up for free workshops at any point during your studies.

    The city of Manchester

    Manchester is steeped in culture and history. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a vibrant and exciting location. Find out more about Manchester by reading the resources below: 

    Student support services

    At The University of Manchester, students have access to a wide range of support services, designed to help with a variety of matters.

    Support for international students

    For practical information on life as an international student at The University of Manchester, visit the following pages:

    For all students planning to travel to the UK, it is important to be aware of the current rules and requirements relevant to your circumstances before travelling. The situation is changing on a regular basis, so we strongly advise you regularly check the advice available from the UK Government. There is also support available and useful information on the EU and international students FAQs page

    Support for students from under-represented backgrounds

    The University offers a range of support for students from backgrounds and communities currently under-represented in higher education: 

    Further help and support

    Students at The University of Manchester have access to support from a number of sources.

    If you have any further questions, up-to-date information is available on the applicants and offer-holders pages, while there are also information pages for current students

    • Programme Support - AMBS Doctoral Programmes team will be your first point of contact for most queries, and they can point you in the right direction. The team’s main role is to guide you through general programme-related queries, such as course unit selection and timetabling but they can signpost you to the most relevant team if necessary. You will meet the team during your programme welcome. You can contact the team at
    • Pastoral support - We have a dedicated Student Service, Support and Development team who will be introduced to you during the welcome week. They will be there to help you throughout your studies in matters such as DASS (Disability Advisory and Support Service) registration to help access the support you need and in other wellbeing matters regarding physical or mental health. You can also speak to them about any academic or personal issues you are facing. If you wish to contact a member of the Student Service, Support and Development team before you start your course, we will be happy to advise you on how to access the right sources of support -