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Preparing for your School of Management MSc

Find out what you can do to get ready for your MSc course, and how we'll help you get started.

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 coming to Bath from somewhere in the UK or from another country, moving to a new place is exciting. You may notice some differences when you first arrive, like:

  • culture
  • climate and weather
  • language
  • 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.


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.

If you're looking for privately rented accommodation join our School of Management MSc Facebook Accommodation Forum.

The University recommends Studentpad as one of the best ways to find private accommodation in Bath.

Campus accommodation

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.

City accommodation

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

Find out the main ways to travel to the city of Bath and how to travel to our campus from the city centre.

Settling into student life

There are plenty of opportunities to help you settle into campus life. Joining our Conversation Club 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 Services at any time.

Where to buy groceries

There are many large supermarkets in town including:

  • Waitrose (Northgate Street)
  • Sainsburys (Green Park Road)
  • Morrisons (London Road)
  • Lidl (Lower Bristol Road)
  • The Cooperative (Shaftesbury Road and 11 Wellsway)

If you’d like to buy local produce, there are several markets in Bath. The Bath Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 08:30-13:30 at Green Park Station.

Academic preparation

You might also notice academic differences in the UK, like teaching methods and forms of assessment.

You will be expected to work independently outside of lectures, tutorials and seminars. You’ll spend time researching subjects, reading and thinking critically about your subject.

If you are an international student getting ready to come to the UK to study, 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

If you are not attending a pre-sessional English course this summer, you will be asked to write a short 750 word essay when you arrive in September. This assignment will give you the chance to practice your academic writing and referencing skills, and get feedback as early as possible.

We will give you details of the essay and the deadline during Welcome Week. We will also hold optional Managerial Challenge Essay workshops during the first weeks of teaching to help you with referencing.

Books and online course materials

The University’s virtual learning environment is called Moodle. You can use it to access course reading material, activities and resources.

At the start of the semester, we will give you a reading list for the units you’ll study. There are bookshops in the centre of Bath, so you can buy any books you need after you arrive.

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 during the first teaching week of semester 1. You should think about your unit choices before Welcome Week.

English language and study support

All our master's courses include 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 during Welcome Week.

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.

The MSc Office Programme Support team can be contacted for anything to do with your MSc.

The Personal Tutoring Team provides guidance and supports your personal development, academic progress and welfare. You will meet them during Welcome Week.

Helping you prepare for your career

Graduate recruiters specifically target Bath students. You’ll get to meet lots of employers on campus.

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.

Careers timeline

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.

Big 4 Boot Camp

We will run a Big 4 Boot Camp on 19-20 September for any students who plan to apply for jobs with PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte. The earlier you apply, the better chance of success.

The Big 4 Boot Camp will prepare you for all stages of the application process, and you will have practice interviews and assessment centres. There are limited places on this boot camp so please register if you would like to be considered.

Semester One

Your timetabled careers workshops start in week 1. These practical sessions cover:

  • CVs
  • cover letters
  • interviews
  • 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 (17-18 October)

Inter-semester break (27-31 January)

80 students will be selected to take part in our Future Business Challenge. You will visit companies and work in teams to analyse what makes a company resilient and sustainable.

Semester Two

Semester Two focuses on internship applications and applying for jobs outside the UK.

Most of our courses include company visits. 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.

Funding and scholarships

Paying for your year at Bath can come from many sources, like:

  • individual savings
  • family assistance
  • corporate sponsorships
  • scholarships
  • bank loans

We have over 30 scholarships available to offer holders. Find out more about these, and other ways to fund your study.