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 MSc International Development programmes, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from 24 to 28 September 2018. On Thursday 27 September you will have an introductory meeting for all new students in the Department. This will give you the opportunity to meet with your Director of Studies and other members of academic staff. For those arriving earlier in the week, there will be a more informal opportunity to meet with fellow students on Monday 24 September.

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 Oliver Walton (o.e.walton@bath.ac.uk) or Mr Andy Carrington, programme administrator (sps-pg-admin@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 have an opportunity to meet your Personal Tutor during Welcome Week.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

We’ve put together some suggested texts and videos to help you to start thinking around the area of international development before you commence your studies with us:

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list. If you want to invest in some books, the following will be useful for reference throughout the course:

  • Barnett, Michael, and Thomas G. Weiss, eds. Humanitarianism in question: Politics, power, ethics. Cornell University Press, 2008.
  • Harrell-Bond, Barbara, 1986, "Imposing aid: emergency assistance to refugees." Available free from academia.edu with an account. Recent review/reflection on the book available online
  • Cramer, C. (2006) Civil War is not a stupid thing , Hurst & Company.
  • O’Gorman, E. (2013) Conflict and Development , Zed Books

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.

During induction week, we will hold an ‘options fair’ on Thursday 27 September at 16:15 BST. In this session, unit convenors will give brief presentations of optional units, to help you make an informed decision about which options to choose.

You can follow updates from the Centre for Development Studies and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences on Twitter. Please also join the student-run Facebook group for students taking our MSc programmes in International Development.

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 Oliver Walton
Lecturer in International Development
Director of Studies for MSc programmes in International Development
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
University of Bath