We have received a number of questions from offer-holders for our postgraduate programmes regarding the potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their ability to study at the University of Bath. Many of the questions were similar. We have provided what guidance we can based on the best information we have available at the time of writing, and we will update this guidance in response to new information.

Applying for a postgraduate course

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020 entry?

Yes we are still accepting applications for all of our postgraduate courses. Find out how to make an application for our Master's courses and Research programmes.

I made an application for September 2020 but have not yet received a decision

Postgraduate Taught

Our admissions teams are continuing to assess applications and you should receive a decision within 6 weeks of submitting your application, as long as we have received all the information required.

If you have not received a decision within 6 weeks please contact the admissions team, by email, for an update. If you have applied for a Master’s course in the Faculty of Engineering and Design, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or Faculty of Science please email pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk

If you have applied for a Master’s course in the School of Management please email msc-mn@bath.ac.uk

If you have applied for the Bath MBA please email mbaapps@management.bath.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research

If you have applied for a Research programme, please contact our admissions team in the Doctoral College doctoraladmissions@bath.ac.uk

Meeting the conditions of my offer

English language conditions

My local IELTS testing centre is closed. What do I do now?

Available responses to the closure of your testing centre will vary by location. In some areas, it may be possible to shift your examination to a different testing centre, but this will not always be possible.

Our normal deadline for provision of English language test results is 31 July 2020. Our hope is that the measures in place will enable our offer-holders to meet this deadline. We should normally be able to offer an extension to this deadline, but you should be aware that any delays in providing English language results will mean that you will have less time to secure a tier 4 student visa (if required), and that an extension may not be possible for degrees that are full.

Does your university accept language tests other than IELTS?

We are now accepting a number of additional English language tests for 2020 entry, including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and Password for all postgraduate taught and research degrees. We are also accepting Duolingo and IELTS Indicator for entry onto Master’s courses.

For 2020 entry, we will accept your qualification if it was taken within 30 months of the start of your course (previously 24 months).

See our further information on alternative tests for postgraduate programmes for details.

Does your university have any plans to conduct its own language testing as a replacement for IELTS (etc.)?

We are offering the Password Skills test, which is administered by the University.

If you are interested in taking this test please register your interest. We will contact you with further information about dates and times.

English language requirements

My local IELTS testing centre is closed. What do I do now?

Available responses to the closure of your testing centre will vary by location. In some areas, it may be possible to shift your examination to a different testing centre, but this will not always be possible.

Our normal deadline for provision of English language test results is 31 July 2020. Our hope is that the measures in place will enable our offer-holders to meet this deadline. We should normally be able to offer an extension to this deadline, but you should be aware that any delays in providing English language results will mean that you will have less time to secure a tier 4 student visa (if required), and that an extension may not be possible for degrees that are full.

Does your university accept language tests other than IELTS?

We are now accepting a number of additional English language tests for 2020 entry, including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and Password for all postgraduate taught and research degrees. We are also accepting Duolingo and IELTS Indicator for entry onto Master’s courses.

For 2020 entry, we will accept your qualification if it was taken within 30 months of the start of your course (previously 24 months).

See our further information on alternative tests for postgraduate programmes for details.

Does your university have any plans to conduct its own language testing as a replacement for IELTS (etc.)?

We are offering the Password Skills test, which is administered by the University.

If you are interested in taking this test please register your interest. We will contact you with further information about dates and times.

Pre-sessional English courses

Will you delay the start dates of your pre-sessional English courses?

We are not planning to change the timing of our pre-sessional English programmes.

Our 20-week pre-sessional English programme started online on 20 April 2020. Both our 10-week and 5-week pre-sessional English programmes (PSE) will also be available as online courses. They will continue throughout the period 6 July–11 September to ensure a PSE route to postgraduate study.

PSE applicants can also now use test scores from any approved English language test to join the online PSE. All exams must have been taken within 30 months.

If the situation improves, we plan to additionally offer a face to face version of the 5-week programme in Bath on campus and allow some flexibility of movement between the online and face to face pathways. The design of our programmes are closely aligned to allow students to move between the versions without losing any teaching and learning time.

We will automatically transfer any existing offers to the online programme. More detailed information about the content and teaching of our programmes is available on our website.

For further information, please visit our pre-sessional programme pages.

Deposits

I am having problems paying my deposit for my PGT course before the reply deadline. Can I have an extension?

Wherever possible, we will extend the deadline for you to pay any required deposit and secure your place. Please note that this may not be possible if a course becomes full. Offer-holders would be well-advised to seek an extension before the date of any current deadline. Get in touch with your admissions team as soon as you can.

Deferrals

Can I defer my postgraduate taught place to the next academic year?

We hope this will not become necessary, but we would be happy to defer offers to postgraduate taught programmes to the next academic year if you are unable to study with us this year. You should get in touch with us at pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk if you wish to discuss this. Please note that the conditions of your offer may change and fees in subsequent years are likely to be higher than this year.

Can I defer my postgraduate research place to the next academic year?

We hope this will not become necessary, but we would be happy to consider deferring your offer to a later date, if you are a doctoral applicant, or to the next academic year if you are unable to study with us this year. You should get in touch with us at doctoraladmissions@bath.ac.uk if you wish to discuss this. Please note that the conditions of your offer may change and fees in subsequent years are likely to be higher than this year.

Scholarships

Are you still awarding scholarships for September 2020 entry?

We are still making awards for our Master’s scholarships. Please see our webpage for more information.

Start of Semester

What will happen if my course cannot run on campus in September?

We are currently planning for all eventualities, including face-to-face delivery as normal, delivering on campus in line with the latest guidance on social distancing, all the way through to fully online delivery.