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 all of the MRes programmes in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to our 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 27 September you will have an introductory meeting for all new students in the Department. This will give you the opportunity to meet with me and to receive further information about the way in which the Department can support you through your time at Bath.

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. For support, 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 to read around the area of social sciences research before you commence your studies with us.

  • Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press. 3rd edition
  • Cresswell, J.W. (2009). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. Sage Publications. 3rd edition
  • Denscombe, M. (2010). The Good Research Guide: for Small-Scale Social Research Projects. Open University Press. 4th edition
  • Gilbert, N. (Ed). (2009). Researching Social Life. Sage Publishing. 3rd Edition

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 Louise Brown

Associate Professor of Social Work

Director of Studies, MRes Programmes in Department of Social & Policy Sciences