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The Bath Master’s Experience - Humanities and Social Sciences

Sample live teaching by joining our virtual taster lectures.

  • 20 May 2021, 9.00am to 20 May 2021, 2.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

What to expect

Each session will include:

  • a taster lecture
  • a Q&A with a current student, graduate or academic, giving you the chance to ask questions about master’s study at Bath and how it can help you to achieve your career goals

All sessions will be hosted live on Microsoft Teams.

Sessions available

There are eight sessions available on this day including an interactive employability workshop. You can book onto as many sessions as you like but we recommend that you choose sessions that are most relevant to the course you would like to study.

If you book on a session, you will also receive a recording of it after the event even if you can't attend.

Can mindfulness help in the prevention of eating disorders?

Thursday 20 May, 9:00 - 10:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in our Applied Clinical Psychology MSc, Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling MSc, Applied Psychology and Economic Behaviour MSc, or Health Psychology MSc course.

Session description

This session will provide a brief summary of risk factors in the development of eating disorders, outline how mindfulness intervention is theorised to help, and present results from research conducted to evaluate mindfulness-based interventions.


Dr Melissa Atkinson is a Lecturer in Psychology specialising in eating disorders and body image, with particular emphasis on prevention. Her interests include understanding the development of eating disorders and investigating evidence-based interventions for improving body image and other risk factors.

Dr Atkinson’s work has particularly focused on approaches based on mindfulness and cognitive dissonance, across school, university, community and online settings. She consistently seeks to conduct research that is theoretically driven and evidence-based, and that can make a real impact on the lives of individuals and society.

Challenging global development narratives

Thursday 20 May, 9:00 - 10:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in International Development MSc (all streams) or our Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development MSc course.

Session description

This session will explore recent trends in global poverty and development as well as recent debates about how we understand contemporary development processes. We will reflect critically on the competing stories told about development, global poverty, humanitarian response, sustainability and inequality and consider how we might think about changing these stories.


Dr Oliver Walton is a Senior Lecturer in International Development specialising in the political economy of war-to-peace transitions, NGO politics, conflict and peacebuilding. His research focuses on the political economy of war to peace transitions, civil society, NGOs and NGO legitimacy. His recent work has examined the role of borderlands and brokers in post-war transitions in South Asia, and the role of alcohol in conflict-affected regions. He has worked as a consultant and evaluator for several donor agencies (including DFID, UNDP, NORAD, OECD and AusAID).

Financial derivatives: assets pricing and trading

Thursday 20 May, 9:00 - 10:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in our Economics and Finance MSc, Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems MSc, Economics MSc, Applied Economics MSc, or Applied Economics with Banking and Financial markets MSc course.

Session description

Financial markets are a fascinating subject, where theories and empirical evidence can be evaluated and questioned every day in light of news and events. Financial instruments do not only price the fundamental value of assets, but also the way people use them, and why. This session will explore this and provide a meaningful example of the so-called "Index of fear", relating it to numerous meaningful events of the last 5 years.


Dr Paolo Zeppini is a Lecturer in Economics. He is interested in all phenomena of `emergence' in complex economic systems. With the lens of complexity, he studies the interplay between human behaviour and ecological systems, the economics and policy analysis of sustainable transitions, and the evolutionary dynamics of financial markets.

His research projects involve developing simple tractable models of human behaviour with heterogeneous agents; social interactions and multiple equilibria; using a multidisciplinary approach that builds on game theory; network theory; and statistical mechanics and evolutionary thinking.

Sport leadership and athlete management

Thursday 20 May, 9:00 - 10:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in our Sport Management MSc, Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc, or Sports Physiotherapy MSc course.

Session description

This session will introduce you to the topic of sport leadership and athlete management, by exploring the theoretical and practical elements of sports physiotherapy practice and the management of athletes in different sporting contexts.


Dr. Andrew Manley is the Director of Studies for the MSc Sport Management. He specialises in investigating cities and issues of urbanism, place making, cultural heritage and tourism experience. His other interests include examining human interaction and organisational culture with an emphasis on surveillance and social control. His work has been funded by the Jiangsu Provincial Government (PR, China), The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and The British Council.

Dr Carly McKay is a Senior Lecturer in Health specialising in Sport injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, behaviour change, sport psychology, intervention design, and epidemiology. Her recent research projects have included The Tag effect: The effectiveness of a non-contact rugby programme on mental wellbeing in under-resourced school settings (McKay and Brown, 2020); Exercise self-management for post traumatic osteoarthritis (McKay and Western, 2019); and Spinal Cord Injury Surveillance in Rugby (Stokes, McKay and Williams, 2017).

When kings are criminals: prosecuting sitting heads of state in international politics

Thursday 20 May, 9:00 - 10:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in International Relations MA, International Relations and European Politics MA, Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) MA, Gender and Politics MA, or International Security MA.

Session description

International Law has made considerable progress in the last 50 years, especially when dealing with genocides, gross human rights' violations and war crimes. However, instruments of international law seem to be particularly effective in dealing with mid- and low-ranked officials of criminal regimes. But what happens when sitting Heads of State are accused of these crimes? How effective is international law in dealing with them? This session invites you to consider these questions and explore the role of international law across various geo-political contexts.


Dr Mattia Cacciatori is a Lecturer in Political sciences specialising in international law and international relations theory. He has a wide range of research interests and is currently involved in several projects examining the role of international law in conflict resolution, the complications of prosecuting Heads of State, as well as humanitarian intervention.

Dr Cacciatori regularly contributes to well-known blogs in international relations such as Justice in Conflict, E-International Relations, Justice Hub, The Conversation, and LSE political blogs.

Econometrics: what's it all about?

Thursday 20 May, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in our Economics MSc , Economics and Finance MSc, Applied Economics MSc or Applied Economics with Banking and Financial Markets MSc course.

Session description

The level of insight a dataset can provide us when we analyse it is fascinating. We live in the Big Data era, therefore the need to understand all available data is crucial but always in conjunction with the use of the right tools for its analysis. . In this session, you will learn how Econometrics provide one of the tools that can be used to do this, and empirically investigate questions such as:

  • Are customers willing to pay for your product?
  • Is it a good time to buy into stocks?
  • Does performance-pay increase productivity?
  • Are there biases in job interviews?


Dr. Maria Giamouzi is a lecturer in Applied Econometrics. Her research interests include Asset Management, Asset Pricing, Risk Management, Risk Modelling, and Applied Econometrics and Behavioural Finance.

The use of immersive virtual worlds in education

Thursday 20 May, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT+1

Join this session if you are interested in our Education MA , Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA, English as a Medium of Instruction MA, or International Education and Globalisation MA course.

Session description

This session highlights the affordances of immersive virtual environments to enhance the social aspects of teaching and learning. You will consider the role of immersive technologies in the development and implementation of flexible pedagogies that respond to current challenges in Education. You will also view examples of students’ engagement in an environment where more traditional and didactic pedagogical conceptions do not necessarily apply, where students learn by experiencing rather than by inactive listening, where the four-walled classroom is not the only setting where learning happens, where everyone in the group can potentially be an instructor or a peer, an expert or a novice and learn from each other in a meaningful way.


Dr MariCarmen Gil Ortegais Director of Studies for the MA Education and has over 20 years of experience designing, validating and running programmes of study at UK universities.

With a background in Linguistics and Language Teaching, she has developed a strong interest and expertise in Digital Pedagogy and Technology Enhanced Learning. For the last decade she has examined the use of virtual world environments and virtual reality tools for education, particularly the use of simulation and immersive environments to develop communities of practice.

Employability workshop: articulating your motivations in the recruitment process

Thursday 20 May, 13:00 - 14:00 GMT+1

This session is relevant for all our Humanities and Social Sciences master's courses.

Session description

Applicants often spend a lot of time preparing to sell their skills and experiences to convince an employer they are right for the job, however, most employers also want to see a real motivation for the sector, company and job role. Employers often state that a lack of motivation is one of the main reasons applicants don’t get to the final stage of the recruitment process. So how do you answer the “why do you want to work for us” question in applications and interviews? This session will give you advice and key tips on how to do this and stand out in the recruitment process.


Aste Dahl is the Lead Careers Adviser for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and School of Management. Aste joined the Careers Service permanently in September 2017 having previously worked as a Careers Adviser in adult further education and in back-to-work government schemes in Norway. She also has extensive experience in work placements after several years at the University of Bath as the Placements Officer within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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