University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Preparing for your studies

Preparing for studies

What should I expect?

Studying in the School of Management will immerse you in 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 then you may experience some differences - cultural differences, climate differences, language differences, differences in dress or rules of behaviour. This is an exciting time for you but you have a lot to deal with when you first arrive here and it may take you a while to get used to these differences.

It’s very common for students to feel homesick or have ‘culture shock'. There will be others who will be feeling the same thing and this feeling will pass as you immerse yourself in your MSc course and make friends. There are some ways you can help yourself through this period of readjustment- get into a routine, phone/make contact with home, talk to someone in the School - your Student Experience Officer or your Director of Studies and keep yourself busy. You may wish to join the School Conversation Club or a club or society in the Students' Union to meet new people and make friends.

Academic preparation

You might also notice academic differences, for instance different teaching methods/ styles and forms of assessment and feedback. As a Masters student you will be expected to undertake independent study where you work on your own outside of lectures, tutorials and seminars. You’ll spend time researching subjects, reading and thinking critically about the subject you are studying.

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

Units (modules) that you will study

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

The optional choices for semester 1 and semester 2 have to be made during the first teaching week of semester 1 so we strongly advise students to consider which optional modules they would like to take before they arrive for induction.

The table below gives details of which courses have optional units and the range of optional units open to that particular course.

Course structure and optional units include:
MSc in Accounting & Finance structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Entrepreneurship & Management structure & content No optional units
MSc in Finance structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Finance with Banking structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Finance with Risk Management structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Human Resource Management & Consulting structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Innovation & Technology Management structure & content No optional units
MSc in International Management structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Management structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Marketing structure & content optional units (modules)
MSc in Sustainability & Management structure & content optional units (modules)

English language and study support

All MSc courses in the School of Management have academic writing workshops built into their timetable so that students have the chance to develop their writing and study skills to the required level for a Masters degree.

For non-native speakers of English who would like to further improve their English ability beyond their timetabled academic writing workshops, in-sessional courses are available through our Academic Skills Centre.

More information will be given during the Induction Week.

Personal Tutoring System

Within the School of Management we operate a comprehensive Personal Tutoring System, involving your Director of Studies, your Student Experience Officer, and your Programme Officer/Administrator.

Your Director of Studies is your Personal Tutor and is your primary point of contact for academic advice. Your primary point of contact for welfare support and advice will be your Student Experience Officer.

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

Reading lists

There is no recommended reading before you start your course, however, you are encouraged to keep up to date with current business news. The following links provide useful background information and will be valuable sources for coursework and essay examples;

You will be provided with a reading list for the units (modules) that you will 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.