Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

How to apply for postgraduate taught programmes

In addition to the Study web pages, the Graduate School has the following guidance:

Step 2: Apply Online

Ensure that you provide a full online application, having uploaded all the following documents (with authenticated translations into English if the originals are in your native language).

When scanning documents, please remember to scan both sides.

  1. Completed Application Form (relevant to the field of study).
  2. Scan of transcript(s) - both undergraduate and postgraduate (if applicable);
    • with results to date, and
    • if you are in your final year, a list of current subjects being studied.
  3. Scan of degree certificate(s) already awarded, or, a Scan of final transcript which must state that the qualification has been awarded - both undergraduate and postgraduate (if applicable).
  4. Scan of English language result (unless you are a native English speaker) – no older than two years from the proposed start date of your programme. For guidance on English status due to residency in an English-speaking country, or having studied in English, see the FAQ guide.
  5. Scan of two References (some programmes only require one reference, please check the programme page). These ideally should be uploaded direct by your Referees (see information when completing your application form). Specifically:
    • At least one must be an academic reference.
    • The second reference may be a second academic reference or someone who knows you in a relevant work context.
    • If you have not been in academia in the past seven years then we may accept an appropriate work reference.
    • Character or personal references are not accepted.
    • All references must be a scan of the signed and dated letter, on official letter headed paper.
  6. An up to date CV of approx. two sides A4 (1,000 words) - including clear evidence relating to academic, personal and professional achievements (including any prizes that you may have received).
  7. Any additional requirements for specific programmes.

Step 3: Keep track of your application

Once you have submitted a full application (including all of the Steps above) you should expect to have a decision within six weeks of your application.

Ensure your references are submitted

You may wish to check with your referees that they have submitted their references.

Whilst completing your online application form, you will be asked to provide an email address for your referee(s) and whether or not you want the application system to automatically send an email to the referee(s) – if they agree, we would suggest that you advise them when you have applied and that, if they do not hear from the University, that they should check their ‘spam folders’ and, if necessary, to provide you with the reference for you to upload.

Keep track of your application

You will be able to follow the progress of your application using Application Tracker. Once you have completed the online form, we will provide you with a username and password which will enable you to access Application Tracker. Please make sure you check this regularly.

If your programme is not yet on Application Tracker, you will receive correspondence from the department responsible for your programme of study.

Withdrawing your application

We appreciate that sometimes circumstances change which might mean that you no longer wish to study at the University of Bath. We would very much appreciate it if you could inform us as soon as possible if you no longer wish to study at the University of Bath and/ or that you wish to withdraw your application.