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 15 to 20 hours on structured learning activities a week, of which approximately 50 to 80% will be in timetabled sessions on campus, and the rest online.
In-person teaching and online activities
In-person timetabled sessions on campus will be a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, and group studio activities. Online activities may include following a recorded lecture, or other learning materials, or joining a timetabled live interactive session through MS Teams or Zoom.
The rest of your time outside these structured activities will be spent in independent learning which includes individual research, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments, presentations, or revising for exams.
To support you in your studies you will be able to access facilities on campus and in Bath such as study spaces, computers, and the Library outside of timetabled learning. You’ll also have access to laboratories and workshops.
You'll need regular access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and a reliable internet connection. This will allow you to take full advantage of online resources and also prepare you to learn fully online, should it become necessary.
A laptop computer is needed to make the most of your timetabled sessions on campus. Key software for your course will be available to you remotely, including MATLAB, computer-aided design software (Autodesk Inventor) and finite element analysis software (Ansys). You’ll also have access to MS Teams and Zoom through your university account.
View our guidance on how to prepare for blended learning for more information on IT requirements.