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Preparing for your studies

Preparing for studies

What should I expect?

We have a vibrant, internationally diverse postgraduate community. This year we expect to welcome students from over 30 different countries.

If this is your first time in the UK, you may experience some differences with:

This is an exciting time, but there's lots to deal with when you first arrive. It may take you some time to get used to your new environment.

It’s common for students to feel homesick or have ‘culture shock'. There will be others feeling the same way and this feeling will go as you immerse yourself in your course and make friends.

There are many ways you can help yourself through this period of readjustment:

You may wish to join the Conversation Club or a club or society in the Students' Union to meet new people and make friends. You can also get help and advice from Student Services at any time.

Academic preparation

You might also notice academic differences, such as new teaching methods/styles, forms of assessment and feedback.

As a master's student, you'll be expected to work independently outside of lectures, tutorials and seminars. You’ll spend time researching subjects, reading and thinking critically about your subject. Get a headstart on Moodle (the University's Virtual Learning Environment) with key subject readings, activities and resources.

If you are an international student getting ready to come to the UK to study we advise you visit the Prepare for Success external website website and work through each of the sections. This is an interactive learning tool that helps you find out about academic life in the UK and aspects of university study that might be new or different.

Units (modules) that you will study

Most of our MSc courses are structured with compulsory and optional units (modules).

Option choices for semester 1 and semester 2 have to be made during the first teaching week of semester 1. We advise you to consider your module choices before Welcome Week.

English language and study support

All of our MSc courses have academic writing workshops in their timetable. This gives you the chance to get your writing and study skills to the right level for a master's degree.

If you're a non-native English speaker looking to further your ability beyond timetabled workshops, courses are available through our Skills Centre.

More information will be given during Welcome Week.

Personal Tutoring System

We have a comprehensive Personal Tutoring System. This involves your Director of Studies, Student Experience Officer and Programme Officer/Administrator.

Your Director of Studies is your Personal Tutor and your first point of contact for academic advice. For welfare support and advice, your Student Experience Officer is available.

All members of the Personal Tutoring Team provide guidance and support your personal development, academic progress and welfare. They will all be introduced to you during Welcome Week.

Reading lists

When you have paid your deposit, you will have access to our headstart MSc applicants course on Moodle. This course is designed to help you prepare for the start of your master's course. We will update the course with key subject readings and resources.

The following links provide useful background information and will be useful sources for coursework and essay examples:

You will be provided with a reading list for the units (modules) you'll study at the start of the semester. There are bookshops in the centre of Bath, so you can buy any books you need after you arrive.

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