Thank you for choosing Bath

Choosing to do your doctorate at Bath is a decision well made. You will join academics and researchers of international reputation, known for the originality and significance of their work. You will have a host of opportunities for intellectual stimulation, to nurture your love of discovery. And you will have the help you need to gain the skills to succeed in your chosen career path.

During this time of uncertainty you may have some questions about how you can begin your research work. We have worked hard to adapt our services so they’re flexible, and we're doing everything we can to make sure that your start at Bath is as welcoming as possible, using online alternatives while we're unable to run our welcome and training events in person. We will continue to update you as soon as we can, based on the latest UK Government guidance on working on campus.

We’re working to create a University experience that’s as close as possible to your expectations when you applied, and to ensure the quality of your research experience is maintained. We're keen to offer as much in-person interaction as we can safely deliver, while maintaining the safety of all of our students and staff.

We also recognise that you may be unable to come to Bath due to health reasons or travel restrictions, so you can start your programme remotely if required. Please speak to your supervisor and discuss plans for starting your PhD, and how you will work together. We hope the flexible arrangements will make life a little easier for you, so you can enrol in our high quality programmes without having to worry about whether you will be able to come to Bath in person at the start of your studies.

Whether you have received an unconditional offer from us or still have some conditions to meet before we can confirm your offer of a place, we hope you find this information useful.

I look forward to welcoming you to Bath.
With every best wish,
Cathryn Mitchell
Professor and Academic Director, Doctoral College

Your Doctoral College

When you join the University we welcome you into our wider doctoral community and we have a range of activities that will enable you to engage within us.

We'll support you through each step of your doctoral journey, with professional advice and support, from when you first talk to us about coming to Bath until your graduation. You'll have access to free DoctoralSkills training, the possibility of funding to attend conferences, and resources to support your research. You can also get involved in events to share your studies, socialise and network with other students.

You can find out more about the Doctoral College and what we offer you on our website, @DoctoralBath on Twitter and in our student Facebook group.

How we have adapted to the Coronavirus pandemic

You can read our latest information and guidance on Coronavirus for doctoral students.

Access to labs and offices

Some doctoral students are still working from home, with others in offices and labs on campus; we've also opened a number of University study spaces with social distancing measures. Once you're ready to begin your studies you should liaise with your supervisor on your plans to work remotely or come to campus.

Induction and training

We now have an online induction in place, which you can access once you have registered. We also recognise the importance of your professional development, so we have transferred all our training courses to interactive online sessions. These have already proved to be extremely successful, and so we will continue to develop provision into the new year.

Support and mental health

Once you register with us you will have access to support for your wellbeing and mental health, including Student Services, the Students' Union, and our Doctoral Peer Support scheme.

English language requirements for international students

If you have any concerns about meeting your English language requirements, we are now accepting a number of additional English language tests for 2021 entry to all doctoral degrees, including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and Duolingo. Check the full list of language tests we accept.

Student visa holders

If you need a visa, you can read our latest guidance from Student Immigration Services. You can also find helpful information for international students from the UK Council for International Student Affairs and from Universities UK.


You may already be planning the practicalities of coming to Bath. Here's our full guide to the Induction process, including finding accommodation. Whether you're looking for long-term options or visiting the University for a short residential course, we have various accommodation options available.

If you need to quarantine when you arrive in the UK you can find details of the current quarantine arrangements - though be aware that the situation might change before you arrive.

Getting to know the University

Social distancing arrangements

Our spacious, green campus provides us with a range of opportunities to put on activities with social distancing measures in a safe way, and we have been able to offer a rich student experience beyond the formal curriculum. Our Sports Training Village was one of the first venues to reopen, under strict guidelines from Government and sporting bodies, with one-way systems and cleaning regimes needed.

Sports and fitness

Our Team Bath sports facilities include a state-of-the-art Sports Training Village with Olympic sized swimming pool, gym, fitness classes indoor and outdoor tennis courts and athletics track.

Languages and culture

There are many language learning opportunities at the University, all of which you can access free of charge. If you are an international student, you will automatically become a member of the student-led International Students' Association, which connects cultures through socials, support and representation.

The city of Bath

Bath is a beautiful city to live, work and study in. Find out more about living in the city and the south west and take a look at our Flickr album.

Watch our Chancellor explain what makes The University of Bath such a special place to study.

Our research community: helping to solve the problems facing us all

Mental health in children, recycling bioplastics, new species from the dinosaur-era and observing gas in a tidal dwarf galaxy... take a look at some of the latest research going on here at Bath. You can also find out more about taking part in the 3MT® competition.

GW4 Alliance

The University of Bath is a member of the GW4 Alliance, which brings together four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK, all based in the South West region.

Find out about the benefits for doctoral students, including expert training opportunities and access to shared resources.

Pure Genius

If you haven’t taken a look already, don’t forget to have a browse through Pure, the University's research portal. Pure holds information about all of the research carried out at Bath, along with profiles of researchers, our organisational units, collaborations, projects and outputs. Find out who else is doing research in your area and see how it fits in with other projects across the University. When you arrive, you will automatically be set up with your own Pure account, which you can add to throughout your time here. This list also gives a useful overview of our research centres, institutes and groups.

ATAS certificates

Reminder: if you need a visa to study in the UK and your offer letter indicates that the programme you intend to study is covered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), then you will need to apply for an ATAS certificate.

It will take at least 20 working days for your ATAS application to be processed, and can take 30 days or more. Please apply for your certificate as soon as possible, in order to receive your clearance certificate in time for your visa application.

Doctoral College contacts

If you have any questions about your offer or about the admissions process, please email our Doctoral College team.