Many congratulations on securing your place to study at the University of Bath; I wish you continued success during your time with us.

As Director of Studies (DoS), responsible for the academic and operational management of the Health and Exercise Science programme, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department for Health. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September. On Monday 24 September you will have an introductory meeting with all new students in the Department. This will give you the opportunity to meet fellow students, find out more about the course, ask questions, and to get to know the staff.

Support available in your Department

Although exciting, many students find that the transition to study at a new institution can be challenging. We are here to support you so please let us know if you are having any difficulties or have any concerns and we will do our very best to assist you through this transitional period. You can contact your Director of Studies, Dr James Turner (j.e.turner@bath.ac.uk) or Undergraduate Administrator, Nagma van Kampen (n.van.kampen@bath.ac.uk)/(hss-hes@bath.ac.uk) for support.

All incoming students will also be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for providing pastoral and academic support. You will also have a Peer Mentor who is a current student in the Department and will be able to share experiences with you, and answer any questions you may have about being a student here at Bath. You will have an opportunity to meet both your Personal Tutor and Peer Mentor during Welcome Week.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

Below is a list of key texts for the topics you will be studying in your first year, many of which will be relevant throughout your course. You do not have to read all (or any) of these texts before you arrive, and you do not necessarily need to buy any of these resources, but some students prefer to have their own copy.

Most of these resources are available in the library at the University of Bath and you will be able to access these at the start of your course. All of the content will be covered during the course but some students like to do some reading in advance, and we do not want you to be reading information that is too complex or from unreliable sources (e.g. newspapers, magazines or websites) that have not been reviewed by scientists.

Human Physiology

The following book is our primary text as it provides a comprehensive overview of human physiology. More recent editions contain almost identical information but lectures use pictures from the 12th edition:

  • Widmaier, Raff, & Strang (2011). Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function. Mcgraw-Hill. (12th Edition).

The book below may be useful for students who have not studied A-level Biology or A-level Physical Education (or equivalent related qualifications) as this text introduces exercise physiology:

  • McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. & Katch, V.L. (2010). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy and Human Performance. Baltimore, MD: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (7th Edition).

Functional Anatomy

  • Palastanga, N. & Soames, R. (2012). Anatomy and human movement: structure and function. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier (6th edition).


The biomechanics unit does not start until the second semester of the programme, so you do not need to start on this one before you arrive. However, it may be useful to have a ‘heads up’ of what is coming:

  • Hamill, J. & Knutzen, K.M. (2009). Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. Walters Kluwer (4th edition).


The main text for psychology is useful across the first and second years of the programme:

  • Weinberg & Gould (2011) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Human Kinetics (5th Edition).

Public and social health

  • Judy Orme, Jane Powell, & Pat Taylor. (2007). Public health for the 21st century. McGraw-Hill Education (2nd edition)
  • Jane Wills & Jennie Naidoo. (2010). Public health and health promotion: Developing practice. Bailliere Tindall Elsevier. (3rd edition)
  • Susan Carr, Nigel Unwin & Tanja Pless-Mulloli. (2007). An Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology. London McGraw-Hill. (2nd Edition). Free version available

You can find more information about Welcome Week and things you can do in preparation for your arrival at Bath. These pages will be updated as the time draws closer to Welcome Week (particularly during September). Therefore, please do continue to visit these pages ahead of your arrival.

I very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes,

Dr James Turner
Director of Studies for BSc/MSci (Hons) Health & Exercise Science
Department for Health
University of Bath