Starting your PGT degree

Help to get you settled into your postgraduate taught degree.

Getting the most of your degree

Academic or pastoral support

There’s a lot to pack into a one-year Masters degree, making regular contact with your personal tutor vital to your chances of success. This guide for postgraduate taught students will help you make the most of the conversations you have with your personal tutor. 


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Library Services

UCL’s Libraries offer a range of online resources to students to support you in your studies. UCL’s Library Services provides information and assistance to all students, both in-person and online. Get started on learning what UCL library services offer. 

UCL Library Services also offers online e-resources to support students. Among these resources is Explore, UCL’s online search tool for journals, articles, archive material, and more. UCL Library Services also provides a Digital Collections Repository

Complete UCL Library Services Online Induction

Digital Education at UCL

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The Digital Education at UCL Moodle course is designed to support you to be a successful digital learner. 

 It’s designed with a range of content and learning activities that:

  • Ensure you have the tech you need
  • Demonstrate how to use our core learning technologies
  • Help you find and use academic resources
  • Guide you towards help and support, and
  • Enable you to become a confident and motivated Digital Learner.

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Studying on Campus

Loizos Lambis, a final year student in IOE Social Science, shares some key tips, and points you towards guidance and support to help you get up and runnning on campus:

Study spaces

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You can book a study space at the library of your choice, depending on availability. Remember to check in using the code in your booking email and check out with that same code when you're about to leave. You can also book rooms for groups or quiet study spaces, again subject to availability.

For any help, check the FAQs on bookable study spaces. To avoid any issues, it is better to familiarise yourself with the conditions for using a study space.

You can find the opening hours, location and subject coverings for each individual library on the UCL Library Services website


Using computers

Computers in the science library

UCL has over 20 computer workrooms across campus running the Desktop@UCL service. You can locate these using the computer workroom map. Alternatively, you can see the availability of PCs in real time and by downloading the UCL Go! App on your smartphone. This will ensure you will find a free computer space when you need it.

To login on a UCL computer, you need to know your UCL user ID and password. For your convenience, the ISD has a step-by-step guide for logging into a Desktop@UCL PC in a computer workroom or lecture theatre.

The ISD also offers an extensive list of 'how to' guides, with detailed explanations on backing up and restoring your internet browser bookmarks, using the search windows function and setting accessibility options. You can also take advantage of the extensive alphabetical list of Software applications available on Desktop@UCL to assist you with your assignments. 

When using USB storage devices with the Desktop@UCL PC service, it is recommended to use UCL-supported encrypted USB memory sticks, as these are secure and fully supported for use with UCL PCs.


Printing and photocopying

Link to printer credit services

UCL has Print@UCL for all printing services.

if you are using your own computer, you will need to add the print queue to your device. Check the relevant guides on connecting your macOSWindows 7/8 or 10 or Linux to print from your computer. If you want to print from your smartphone or tablet, this must be done via email using instructions from the smartphone/table printing guide. You can change the default printing settings by consulting the guide on customizing your print output

You receive a £12 free credit for the entire duration of the academic year. Check out the printing costs (A4 and A3 paper sizes) and FAQs to help you stay on track with your printing credit. To check your credit or top-up, simply log on to the print account webpage with your username and password and click on the 'e-pay' icon. You can also top-up with cash at these UCL libraries with any cash from 5p coin to £20 notes.

You can also scan to your email on a Print@UCL device, however ONLY to your own email address. The default setting for scanning is black & white, but you can change the output settings to your liking, including the resolution. The advanced how-to guide explains all advanced scan/copy options such as required size, orientation, staples and paper supply.


Connecting to eduroam wifi​​​​

Link to Find a printer

Eduroam is the free wi-fi service available throughout the UCL campus, supported by any wi-fi-enabled devices and operating systems. The fastest and securest way to connect to eduroam is by following the instructions on the Configuration Assistant Tool (CAT).

For your convenience, the ISD has outlined all kinds of wi-fi troubleshooting & known issues. These cover all operating systems and devices (Apple iOS, mac OS X, Google Android, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8 & 10, Microsoft Windows Vista)

You can also get help by checking out the wi-fi FAQs or contacting the IT services by phone, live chat or in person at the four libraries where IT staff can be found (Main library, IOE library, Student Centre, DMS Watson Library).

To learn how you can better look after your own information you can explore the services offered by UCL's Information Security Group. These include UCL's detailed information security policy, information security risks and compliance requirement of projects and services, tips for staying safe online, multiple security testing services and a blog access for news and tricks on IT safety.

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