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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.

Pre-arrival support

All students are required to complete registration with the University, known as register on line (ROL), 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. 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 will also have access to our pre-arrival course on Moodle, The University's virtual learning environment, and complete some pre-arrival tasks to get you ready for your course.


The UK Government currently requires all people entering the UK to do a period of quarantine. You do not have to quarantine if you are coming from a country covered by a 'travel corridor' exemption, or if you are coming from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

View an up to date list of countries covered by a travel corridor exemption.

Please check our arrangements for postgraduate students before you arrive in the UK.

Term dates and information for applicants and offer holders

Whether you are joining us in Bath or initially studying online we look forward to virtually welcoming you to the School on Wednesday 23 September.

Teaching for semester one will begin on Monday 28 September 2020.

Please check our information for applicants and offer holders for your pre-arrival preparations.

Admissions support

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.

Academic preparation

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 our pre-arrival Moodle course. 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 the pre-arrival 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 from 10.15am on Wednesday 16 September 2020 to 5.00pm on Thursday 24 September 2020.

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.

The majority of support will be online. You will be able to contact us through one-to-one appointments on Microsoft Teams, webinars and by email.

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:

  • 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.

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

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 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

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)

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.

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.

The Big 4 Boot Camp 14-16 September (remote delivery)

We will run a Big 4 Boot Camp on 14-16 September with optional activities 17-18 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. Their main graduate opportunities are in Finance, Consulting, Technology and HR. Places on this boot camp are limited so please apply by 6 September 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 (15-16 October)

Inter-semester break (25-29 January)

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

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.

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.