Take a look at our information for arrivals for 2022/23 to help you prepare for your arrival in Bath.
You must register online with the University in September. This will allow you to use University services and facilities, and start your studies. We will send you an email in September inviting you to register.
From September you can join our Microsoft Teams channel. You'll be able to connect with other master's students in the School and get advice and guidance from our current MSc students and staff.
You'll also have access to our MSc Community Moodle Course. Moodle is The University's virtual learning environment.
You will be able to access Moodle once you have registered, and completed some pre-arrival tasks to get you ready for your course.
Term dates and information for applicants and offer holders
We look forward to you joining us in Bath and welcoming you to the School on Tuesday 27 September 2022. Teaching begins on Monday 3 October 2022.
We will give you a full course outline when you start your MSc.
If you need to discuss your offer, or you are aware you may experience some delays in receiving documents, please contact the School's MSc team.
To get you ready to study at master's level at Bath there are some pre-arrival tasks we ask you to complete before you start your course.
You will be expected to work independently and will need to spend time researching subjects, reading and thinking critically about your subject.
If you are an international student who has not studied at a UK university before you will notice academic differences, like teaching methods and forms of assessment. We advise you to visit the Prepare for Success website. This will help you find out about academic life in the UK and aspects of university study that might be new or different.
Managerial Challenge Essay
You might not be used to writing essays, or standards of academic English in the UK or at Bath. The Managerial Challenge Essay is designed to give you a chance to get some early feedback on your essay writing to help you adjust and thrive at Bath.
You will need to write a 750 word essay before the start of your course. If you are a pre-sessional student this will be completed on your pre-sessional course. This assignment will give you the chance to practice your academic writing and referencing skills, and get written feedback as early as possible.
In September you can access details of the Managerial Challenge Essay (MCE) on your MSc Community Moodle Course provided you have completed online registration. We will also be running a series of optional academic writing workshops in September to develop your academic writing skills and help with referencing.
We will provide more information on your MSc Community Moodle Course, including information for late arrivals.
Books and online course materials
At the start of the semester, we will give you a course outline and reading list for the units you’ll study. You might decide to buy these books, but they will also be available in the University Library.
The University's virtual learning environment, Moodle, will give you online access to course reading material, activities and resources.
Units (modules) that you will study
Most of our master's courses include both compulsory and optional units. (Other universities sometimes call them 'modules'.)
You will have to make your option choices for semester 1 and semester 2 before semester 1 teaching starts. The system for choosing units online will be available during a specified time only. We will provide details of when unit options are open in September.
You should think about your unit choices before Welcome Week.
English language and study support
All our master's courses include optional academic writing workshops. This gives you the chance to get your writing and study skills to the right level for a master’s degree.
The University’s Skills Centre has extra courses for people with English as a second language.
We will give you more information on support in September.
Personal Tutoring System
Our Personal Tutoring System involves your:
- Director of Studies
- Student Experience Officer
- MSc Office Programme Support team
Your Director of Studies is your Personal Tutor. They are your first point of contact for academic advice.
Your Student Experience Officer is available for welfare support and advice. They are there to support you with any issues you may have, whether it's personal, about your course or related to campus life.
You can contact the MSc Office Programme Support team about anything to do with your MSc.
Support will be available through a combination of both online and in-person options. You will be able to contact us through:
- one-to-one appointments on Microsoft Teams and in-person
- question and answer sessions
Explore and connect
Find out about more ways to talk to us, events and what our students think about studying here
Moving to Bath and accommodation
Our students come from around the world. We’re proud of how diverse our postgraduate community is.
Whether you’re joining Bath from somewhere in the UK or from another country, you may notice some differences when you first arrive and interact, like:
- climate and weather
- clothes people wear
Find out more about living in the UK.
The UK Government's Department of Health recommends routine vaccinations against certain diseases. Find out more about these vaccinations.
Keeping you safe on campus
The University has done a lot to make the campus Covid-19 safe. Read more about how we're keeping our community safe.
The University has accommodation on campus and in Bath. You can also rent private accommodation in the city.
Find out how to decide what is best for you, and what to do next.
The University recommends Studentpad as one of the best ways to find private accommodation in Bath.
If you're moving into campus accommodation for the first time, find out what you need to do before you leave home and once you arrive on campus.
If you're moving into city accommodation for the first time, find out what you need to do before you leave home and once you arrive in Bath.
Once you’ve found somewhere to live the Students’ Union has useful advice on housing contracts and a moving in checklist.
Travelling to Bath
Please check before you travel for updated information for any reduced services and disruption to travel. Find out the main ways to travel to the city of Bath and how to travel to our campus from the city centre. Look at our campus map to get directions.
Settling into student life
There are plenty of opportunities to help you settle into University life. Joining our Global Networking or a student club or society is a great way to meet new people and make friends. You can also get help and advice from Student Support at any time.
Where to buy groceries
Because of changes in shopping behaviour, online food shopping has become popular and easy. Most large supermarkets in Bath offer both home delivery and a click and collect service (you go to the store car park with your car and load your items). The main supermarkets in town are:
- Waitrose (The Podium, Northgate Street, BA1 5AL)
- Sainsbury's (Green Park Road, BA1 2DR)
- Morrisons (London Road, BA1 6AN)
- Lidl (Lower Bristol Road) - Store only, no online or click and collect service
- The Co-op (Shaftesbury Road and 11 Wellsway)
Your wellbeing and student experience is important to us. We will support you with your welfare and wellbeing throughout your MSc.
The Student Experience Officers will deliver and facilitate a programme of events, support and touch points. These will help you to settle into Bath, make connections and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and facilities. We will provide more information in September.
Helping you prepare for your career
Graduate recruiters specifically target Bath students. You’ll get to engage with lots of employers during the course of your time with Bath.
We design our MSc courses to get you ready for the working world. You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of career activities right from the start of your course - both timetabled and optional.
We want to give you the best start to your career. Our Careers and Professional Development team are there to help. You’ll have a dedicated careers advisor to support you during your job search.
Some graduate job opportunities will have deadlines soon after you start your course. It’s important to start thinking about your job search as soon as possible.
Before you start your MSc
Think about your career plans:
- what do you want to do?
- where do you want to work?
- which companies/industries are you interested in?
- what skills and experiences do you have?
If you are considering a career in banking, previous internship or work experience in this area is desirable.
The Big 4 Boot Camp 20-22 September (online)
The Big 4 professional companies (PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte) are some major graduate recruiters which sponsor work permits in the UK.
Graduate opportunities usually open in September and the Big 4 recruit on a rolling basis. Applying early in the semester can increase your chances of success. If you are considering a career in Finance, Consulting, Technology or HR you might be interested in our Big 4 Bootcamp. This three day online workshop will help prepare you for the application processes typically used by these recruiters.
Places are limited so please contact careers for more information Email MSc Careers Team
Semester One (starts Monday 3 October 2022)
Your timetabled careers workshops start in week 1. These practical sessions cover:
- job search
- cover letters
- psychometric tests
- assessment centres
Optional career activities include:
- Industry Insights, where our graduates return to give advice on working in different sectors
- one to one meetings to discuss your career goals and applications
- support to pass psychometric tests
- mock interviews and assessment centres
- company presentations and workshops
- Careers Fair (October)
Inter-semester break (30 January 2022 - 3 February 2022)
80 students will be selected to take part in our Future Business Challenge. During the week you will engage with companies and work in teams to analyse what makes a company resilient and sustainable.
Semester Two (starts Monday 6 February 2023)
Semester Two focuses on internship applications and applying for jobs outside the UK.
Most of our courses include company engagement. This will give you the chance to hear how what you are learning in the classroom is put into practice.
For any careers questions, contact the MSc Careers Team.