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?
Given that you have the option of starting your course remotely from your current location if needed, we will continue to accept applications from overseas applicants after our normal overseas application deadline of 30 June 2020 for the majority of our postgraduate taught courses as long as places remain available.
The Home and EU application deadline is 31 August 2020.
I made an application for September 2020 but have not yet received a decision
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have applied for a Research programme, please contact our admissions team in the Doctoral College email@example.com
Meeting the conditions of my offer
My university is closed and there will be a delay getting my results.
As soon as you receive your results, please upload them via the Application Tracker. We will be making it a priority to update offers to unconditional as soon as we are able so that you can start the process to receive your CAS, if required. This is explained in more detail here.
If there are significant delays with your results, please contact your admissions team to inform them.
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.
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.
Can my deposit be refunded if I am unable to attend due to Covid-19?
You may wish to wait and see how the situation evolves before requesting a refund of your deposit, because your place will no longer be secure if you were to change your mind at a later date. Please contact the admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss a refund of your deposit.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Do you have a January intake?
All of our on-campus Master's courses have one intake in September each year. We intend to be open for the next academic year with students on campus, and we will therefore be doing everything possible to welcome new and returning students from September 2020.
Our postgraduate research degrees have 3 intakes this year: 28 September 2020, 18 January 2021 and 22 March 2021.
Start of Semester
What will teaching look like in September?
We intend to be open for the next academic year with students on campus, and we will therefore be doing everything possible to welcome new and returning students from September 2020.
We may phase the start dates for different groups, depending on the Government rules to combat COVID-19 that remain in place at that time.
You will, I’m sure, be keen to have as much in-person teaching as we can safely deliver. We will be focussing in-person teaching on laboratory work, peer-to-peer learning, design tutoring and smaller group learning, such as seminars. To allow for this, and for potential social distancing rules, preparations will be made to deliver innovative and high-quality large scale teaching, such as lectures and large workshops, digitally if needed. Read further guidance that was sent on 21 July and 28 July to postgraduate taught offer holders.
What if I cannot travel to Bath to start my studies in person?
UK Government advice is evolving, and we recognise that some of you may be unable to come to Bath in the autumn due to Covid-related reasons. Some of you may simply prefer to start your course from your current location. Therefore, we will develop the academic delivery to allow as much choice as possible, so that you can begin your course remotely if you need to or wish to do so.
We hope that these arrangements will make life a little easier for you, so you can enrol in our high-quality courses, without having to worry about whether you will be able to come to Bath in person at the start of term.
What will teaching on my Master's course look like?
We are aiming to provide further information and clarity on course level learning and teaching in August. We will let you know via email once we have finalised this information, so please check your emails for updates on this.
Can I start my Master's course online, and finish it in Bath later in the year?
Yes. We are working to provide flexibility and choice to those of you who aren’t able to come to Bath at the start of term, or who would prefer to start their course from another location, by providing innovative, high quality learning and teaching remotely. You also have the option to start and/or finish your course in Bath, if you choose to.
Can I complete 100% of my Master's course online, even if the campus opens fully later in the academic year?
You may be able study your Master’s degree online if you are unable to travel to the UK due to Covid-related reasons, depending on your course of study. There may be specific learning outcomes for your programme that will require your attendance on campus at some point during the academic year.
If I complete my Master's course online, is it still a recognised degree?
Yes. All degree awards from the University of Bath are recognised degrees.
Pre-sessional English courses
Will you delay the start dates of your pre-sessional English courses?
Both our 10-week and 5-week pre-sessional English programmes (PSE) are 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.
For further information, please visit our pre-sessional programme pages.
If the start of my course is online, will there be a reduction in tuition fees?
We are committed to enabling all of our students to meet the learning outcomes of their degrees, regardless of any changes to delivery that are required as a result of COVID-19. As such, we are focused on preparations to offer an appropriate online experience in the place of any face-to-face elements that we are unable to deliver as a result of UK Government guidance. There will be no tuition fee reduction if you study part of your course online.
Are you still awarding scholarships for September 2020 entry?
Scholarships applications are now closed for 2020.