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 MRes Politics and International Studies programme, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department. 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 Tuesday 25 September you will have an introductory meeting for all new students in the Department. This will give you the opportunity to meet me (your Director of Studies) and fellow students on your programme.

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:

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. We will also work with you to allocate a supervisor for your Research apprenticeship projects and Dissertation within the first couple of weeks.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

We’ve put together some suggested texts to help you start thinking about designing social inquiry in the area of politics and international studies before you commence your studies with us.

  • Gary King, Robert Keohane and Sidney Verba (1994), Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research, Princeton UP.

  • Barbara Geddes (2003), Paradigms and Sand Castles: Theory Building and Research Design in Comparative Politics. University of Michigan Press.

  • B. Guy Peters (1998), Comparative Politics: Theory and Methods, Macmillan.

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list.

Choosing your optional units

You will be asked to select your optional unit choices during Welcome Week via our Student Record system. You will find out more information about how to do this during your Departmental induction talks. However, you may like to look at the Programme Catalogues online before you arrive, so you can see the options available on your programme. The catalogue for the forthcoming academic year is available from the second week of August.

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. Andrea Purdeková

Director of Studies for MRes Politics