Contact hours and workload
You should expect to spend approximately 35 to 40 hours a week studying on your course. These hours consist of structured activities and independent learning.
You will experience a mix of in person teaching, that will take place on campus, and structured online learning delivered through the University’s virtual learning environment.
Structured learning activities
Typically, you can expect to spend between 10 to 15 hours on structured learning activities per week, of which approximately 60 to 70% will be in timetabled sessions on campus, and the remainder online.
In-person teaching and online activities
Timetabled sessions delivered in person on campus will be a mix of lectures and seminars. Online activities may include following a recorded lecture, or other learning materials, or joining a timetabled live interactive session through Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
The remainder of your time outside these structured activities will be spent in independent learning which includes reading textbooks and journal articles, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments, presentations, or revising for assessments.
To support you in your studies you will be able to access (outside of timetabled learning) facilities on campus and in Bath such as study spaces, computers, and the Library.
To take full advantage of the online resources available to you, and to ensure you are prepared for learning fully online, should that become necessary, you will need regular access to a laptop computer with a microphone and camera, a headset with a microphone, along with a reliable internet connection.
In order for you to be able to download and run relevant software your laptop computer should ideally be equipped with either the Windows 10 operating system, or macOS 10.14 (‘Mojave’) (or later). The University will make available to you the key software you need for your course, including access to Microsoft Teams through your University account.
Read more about our IT requirements and advice.