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Your year studying a School of Management MSc

Our master’s courses aren’t just about what you learn in the classroom. Find out about all the other ways you can add to your learning during your time with us.

A year of opportunity. A lifetime of possibility.

Our MSc courses last 12 months. During your year with us you’ll have lots of opportunities to add to your learning, and your CV.

Professional Development Programme

Our Professional Development Programme (PDP) runs throughout the year. We've designed PDP to let you take your master's course further. Through a series of optional activities, you'll work with partner organisations and develop skills they look for. PDP gives you the chance to:

  • put your learning into practice on projects with a range of organisations
  • make valuable connections with our graduates and industry connections
  • improve your CV

Taking part in PDP can lead to the Bath PDP Award. This recognises your skills development and achievements during your studies at Bath.

Your year at Bath

We offer so much more than what you'll learn in the classroom.

Your introduction to Bath

  • The Big 4 Boot Camp
  • Welcome Week
  • The Big Team Challenge
  • Careers: how to get your ideal job

Semester 1: October to January

  • Amplify Trading
  • Bath Debates
  • Rotork Community Challenge
  • Activity Week
  • MSc Christmas celebration
  • Examinations
  • Future Business Challenge

Semester 2: February to May

  • Amplify Trading
  • Bath Debates
  • Sustainable Business Challenge
  • Activity Week
  • MSc Consulting Project
  • Spring Ball
  • Examinations

Summer and beyond

  • Practice Track, dissertation or internship (depending on course)
  • Dissertation Boot Camp
  • Summer party
  • PDP Awards
  • Graduation
  • For three years after you graduate: careers support

All year round support and activities

Your professional and personal development won't be limited to your course timetable. From day one you'll have access to personal career and wellbeing support.

Careers

Our aim is to get you ready for the next step of your professional journey. We have a dedicated careers team and offer career training for all our MSc students. You’ll have access to:

  • a dedicated careers advisor
  • customised career workshops
  • support for international students
  • help finding jobs in the UK and abroad
  • support for entrepreneurs

Find out more about support for your career during your MSc.

Wellbeing

You will not be alone. We have dedicated Student Experience Officers to support you. They provide a confidential advice service and can help with any personal or academic issues you might have. They also organise social events to help you get to know other students and enjoy life outside the classroom.

Hear from our MSc Team and some students about the support available.

Your introduction to Bath


  • The Big 4 Boot Camp. Three days of workshops on applying for the Big 4 professional services companies (PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte)
  • Welcome Week. Events and talks to help you settle into the School and life at Bath. Meet your classmates, tutors and other key people.
  • The Big Team Challenge. Meet companies, work on a business task. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • Careers: how to get your ideal job
A group of students working together

Semester 1: October to January


  • Amplify Trading. Experience life in different trading roles. Use the tech the professionals use and live market data. Priority given to Finance students. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • Bath Debates. A series of lively discussions on current issues affecting work, finance and business. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • Rotork Community Challenge. Work with other students to support local charities and disadvantaged people. Develop skills that employers want. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • November:
    • Activity Week. Optional projects with partner organisations. Also careers, wellbeing and social events.
  • December:
    • MSc Christmas celebration. Celebrate the festive season.
  • January:
    • Examinations
    • Future Business Challenge. Meet companies, develop analytical skills, solve a real business issue. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
Six students holding certificates and punching the air

Semester 2: February to May


  • Amplify Trading. Experience life in different trading roles. Use the tech the professionals use and live market data. Priority given to Finance students. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • Bath Debates. A series of lively discussions on current issues affecting work, finance and business. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • Sustainable Business Challenge. Work with students from other universities on a sustainability project. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • February:
    • Activity Week. Optional projects with partner organisations. Also careers, wellbeing and social events.
  • February to March:
    • MSc Consulting Project. A six-week team consulting project with a local organisation. Counts toward The Bath PDP Award.
  • Spring Ball. The social event of the year.
  • May:
    • Examinations

Summer and beyond


  • Practice Track, dissertation or internship
  • June:
    • Dissertation Boot Camp. Get help with your dissertation.
  • August:
    • Summer party
    • PDP Awards
  • December:
    • Graduation
  • For three years after you graduate: careers support

Summer options

Choose the way you want to complete your degree.

Most of our MSc courses give you the flexibility to choose how to spend your summer.

Dissertation

The traditional way to finish a master’s degree, a dissertation is an option on all our MSc courses. You’ll research a topic in detail. This could be either an academic research question or a practical challenge. You’ll review existing research, analyse data and produce recommendations.

Practice Track

Work in teams on two projects with external client organisations, one a business and one a charity. You'll gain experience of setting project objectives, project management and presenting.

The Practice Track is available for students studying:

Internship

Apply your academic knowledge in a real job with a summer internship at an organisation. You'll develop your skills, learn about an industry and gain experience of a practical work environment.

We can't guarantee internships, but our MSc Careers team will support you with your job search and at all stages of the application process.

Internships are available for students studying:

Other options

Some of our MSc courses have a different summer option. For details see the individual course pages:

Our MSc courses


Contact us

If you have any questions about our MSc courses, please get in touch.