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Our Spa Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016. We are pioneers in internationally recognised spa management and wellness qualifications and this was the first masters of its kind in the world. Read more
• Our Spa Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016
• We are pioneers in internationally recognised spa management and wellness qualifications and this was the first masters of its kind in the world
• You will study in Buxton, a leading spa and hospitality town, and have unrivalled access to our award-winning commercial day spa located in the inspirational Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome.

Studying this course will prepare you for work in key management roles in spa and wellness as you develop a critical understanding of the global spa industry, its practices and the changing nature of consumer behaviour.

You will increase your understanding and appreciation of academic theory and research and its practical application in the workplace, studying spa operations, project management, sustainable management systems, risk management, marketing, financial planning and strategy.

We have strong links with the world’s leading spa and hospitality providers and possess an enviable teaching reputation. Throughout you will meet key industry representatives from organisations such as Six Senses, Danubius, Mandarin Oriental and Elemis, so you can be confident you are learning the latest techniques and practices for today’s industry.

The flexible nature of this course also means you can study full or part-time. There is an e-learning option to study while in employment and if you study full-time, you can also undertake a placement in the UK or abroad.

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How does literature debate and reflect humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? What makes ‘the country’, ‘the wilderness’ or ‘the city’ what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements?. Read more
How does literature debate and reflect humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? What makes ‘the country’, ‘the wilderness’ or ‘the city’ what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements?

The MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment examines how literature reflects and shapes the way in which we see the landscape and the environment and it gives you the opportunity to study the kind of analyses that are becoming increasingly important to the direction of modern English literary studies. The MA is designed for students interested in further study or for those looking for careers in the rapidly expanding green industry.

The MA is taught by Bath Spa staff who are internationally recognised for their research in this field. In addition, we are located in a World Heritage site at the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country.


The programme aims to provide you with an excitingly wide range of issues and approaches in relation to the representations of various kinds of landscapes. It will present:

• a mix of thematic topics, types of landscape and regions
• a balance between literature pre- and post-1900
• a range of methodologies and approaches
• although its main focus is literary, you will also engage with real landscapes and environments (for example, an eighteenth-century country estate; London; the Eden Project; Quantock Hills; Hardy country).

To visit the course blog-site, visit http://literaturelandenvironment.org.uk/


You will be taught at our Corsham Court Campus, an eighteenth-century country house currently owned by the Methuen family and Bath Spa University’s postgraduate centre. Teaching and learning on the taught modules will primarily be via seminars, but opportunities for other types of engagement may be offered as an alternative to seminars, depending upon the nature of the thematic strand for research, for example: skills workshops, field-trips, directed research, and independent research associated with the Dissertation or Project. Assessment will be via essays, proposals, and a final Dissertation or Project.

Our Library offers access to high-quality electronic resources such as Eighteenth-century Collections Online (ECCO), Early English Books Online (EEBO). You will also be to able to gain access to research libraries such as the British Library and we also have established links with bodies such as the Science Museum collection at Swindon and Bath Central Library, as well as close connections with archives at the city of London, and the Thomas Hardy archives at Dorchester.

The MA is founded upon our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism, contemporary environmental writing, early modern London, postmodern American cities, and literary journeys in modernist/postmodernist literature. Tracey Hill is the author of a prize-winning book on early-modern London; Richard Kerridge has won the BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing and launched the first ever course on ecocriticism in the UK; and Greg Garrard is the author of Ecocriticism (now in its second edition). Kerridge and Garrard have been chairs of the UK branch of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. In addition, Bath Spa University is the home of the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. The MA draws upon and is supported by three research centres: Writing and the Environment; Book, Text and Place 1500-1750; Contemporary Writing. You will become members of the research centres and, therefore, part of the School’s research culture.

The MA draws upon Bath Spa University’s location. We are at the centre of a region whose writers have been intimately engaged with their environment: Coleridge (Nether Stowey and the Quantock Hills), Hardy (Dorchester), Austen (Bath), and the region is also associated with the writers Richard Jeffries, John Cooper Powys and Sylvia Townsend Warner. In addition, the area has some of the finest examples of the English country estate in the UK, for example, Stourhead, Prior Park, Dryham Park and Bowood House, in addition to our own campuses at Newton Park and Corsham Court. Stourhead, for instance, offers a learning space with talks and access to archival material, and has welcomed the prospect of students shadowing the estate guides. We are, then, uniquely positioned to build links with other regional organisations; for example, environmental organisations such as the RSPB or the Forestry Commission, as well as country estates, places of literary heritage run by the National Trust and Bath Preservation Trust.


The course is assesed by essays, an annotated bibliography, research proposals, and a dissertation or project.
Career opportunities
Typical career destinations include:
• Traditional English postgraduate destinations (e.g. Higher Research degree programmes, public and private sector research careers, book and publishing industries)
• Environmental sector and 'Green' careers (e.g. advocacy, communications, charities, education, internships, ecotourism, urban planning)
• Heritage and tourism sector (e.g. charities and trusts, visitor centres, private estates, local government, planning, management, communications)
• Creative industries (e.g. radio, TV, cable and satellite broadcasters, book publishing, web media, news and magazine media).

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Cities are sites of cultural, business and political exchange. Visual communication is a principal mode by which this exchange occurs. Read more
Cities are sites of cultural, business and political exchange. Visual communication is a principal mode by which this exchange occurs. From large urban structures, through to an individual’s footprint, the visual connects distinct facets into a particular and personal experience.


The MA Visual Communication is an innovative and accessible program with three specialist routes in Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. The program will examine urban context through three international cities, where students will generate both individual and collaborative responses. The course is distinctive in its structure. Its students will gather at four week-long residential sessions, at Bath Spa University and in two other international cities. The destinations will vary and may include New York, Bangalore, Chicago, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Bangkok and others.

There will be programmed lectures, presentations and frequent opportunities to explore each city. A great advantage of the course structure is its collaborative workshop sessions — Charrettes — in which students will share concentrated periods of intense study, designed to help the development of ideas. The residencies will be social, as well as educational.

Following each residency, individuals will develop their projects with online or onsite tutorial support. Collaborations and discussions with peers will continue through blogging and video conferencing. Students can also have access to workshop, darkroom and print facilities should they require it.

The flexibility of this course will allow MAVC students to work anywhere; you will not need to re-locate in order to study. The course is therefore ideal for emerging as well as established practitioners. In addition the course offers great potential to develop working relationships with those sharing a common interest, from a variety of countries and cultures across the world.


Research Methodologies:
Part One introduces generic research methodologies with Part Two considering subject specific material, analysis and evaluation techniques. This will be delivered online or onsite at Bath Spa University.

Developing Practice:
1. Survey: a charrette examining aspects of the city of Bath in the context of its history and contemporary culture which will be approached using your specialist route.
2. Presentation: an exposition of your work approach and practice to the group.
3. Planning: a focused workshop that will examine, critique and then supplement your current research methods.

Practice in Context:
1. Survey: a charrette examining aspects of the host city for this trip. This should be done in the context of its history and contemporary culture and in relation to the outcome of your previous research in Bath. You will develop work in collaboration with other students.
2. Presentation: individual presentation of work from the Developing Practice module.
3. Planning: further development of research skills and presentation of initial outline proposal for the master’s project.

Practice in a Global Context:
1. Survey: a charrette examining the host city for this trip, by making contextual links with organisations in the city. You will work on a project of your own design. This may be collaborative but must contribute to your final MAVC Show.
2. Presentation: collaborative presentation of work from the Practice in Context module.
3. Planning: detail for the Master's Project.

Master's Project:
A synthesis of your experiences based on the cities visited. Create an independent or collaborative piece of work based on a proposal agreed with your tutor in advance.
1. Installation: preparing work for presentation and exhibition.
2. Presentation: sharing outcomes with staff and students.
3. Exhibition: public display of work.


Teaching will be concentrated in four, week-long residences, during which there will be workshops and lectures led by staff and visiting professionals. Students will use these forums to examine and develop their work practice. They will participate in group charrettes, discussion and analysis and by making presentations of their work.

Between the residences tutors will provide students with individual and group tutorials. These will be delivered either online or onsite at Bath Spa University. There can also be access to university’s facilities including dedicated photographic studios, conventional darkrooms, etching and screen printing workshops as well as digital editing/printing suites.


Assessment of modules is by written submission, presentation and a final exhibition. A dissertation is optional and can be negotiated on an individual basis. It can form a part of the final exhibition and will be assessed at the same point.


The purpose of this course is to enable each student to question, re-establish and define their own professional practice. This will enable individuals to control their career trajectory with a view to working in the creative industries internationally. This may include working for design agencies, gaining freelance commissions and initiating commercial opportunities.

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With an emphasis on Interdisciplinary and Screen Based Practice, the MA in Dance at Bath Spa University focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur. Read more
With an emphasis on Interdisciplinary and Screen Based Practice, the MA in Dance at Bath Spa University focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur. It provides the opportunity for you to mature as a ‘maker of work’ whilst gaining an increased understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace. Digital technology plays a significant role in the programme both in its application to creative practice and in an e-learning context.
Dance at Bath Spa University is becoming increasingly respected for its work in both live and screen based performance practice. The master’s programme is ideal for those interested in the interface of contemporary dance, site, and digital media.

Course structure and content

The course is aimed at those with a specialist interest in screen based dance practice and/or interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect to create new work.
Studying for the MA in Dance will mean that you will be with us for one full year, or two if you choose to study part-time. Where practical, the taught elements of the course will be undertaken in short intensive blocks and, where appropriate, tutoring may be done on-line to create flexibility and to help those who may not wish to move to the area for the full duration of the course.


Research Project.
This module gives you the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of, and ability to, research at a professionally applicable level. Engaging with current scholarship and research in an area that is of relevance to your own practice

Interdisciplinary or Screen Based Performance Practice
This module concerns itself with ‘live’ interdisciplinary, or screen based, performance making. Interdisciplinary work might exist at the interface of dance and at least one other ‘media’ which might include, for instance, video, writing, painting, textiles. Screen based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on ‘screendance’ as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.

Work Based Learning.
This module locates you in an individually relevant professional environment, which may be your existing workplace, a negotiated placement of your own, or with one of our placement hosts.

Site Responsive Collaborative Performance Practice
This module responds to the huge potential offered by non-theatre performance locations and draws on collaborative opportunities to work with artists and students on other Bath Spa postgraduate courses to construct cross-disciplinary performance work that responds to a ‘site’ of your own choosing.

Final Project.
Your final project will draw on skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3, and 4. The content is negotiated with course tutors but might for example be a work for the single screen, an interdisciplinary site specific work, or a stage performance work that draws on an area of practice that is central to your interests and aspirations.

Teaching methods and resources

A characteristic of the Master’s is that it is taught as much as possible in intensive weekend or weeklong sessions. E-learning, e-tutorials, and placements give you the opportunity to undertake some study from a distance, while studio and edit suite facilities for your creative practice will be negotiated, as much as possible, to fit in with your calendar and timetable needs.
The Dance Department has the use of three equipped dance studios, the University Theatre, a Mac editing suite, and additional rehearsal spaces for independent study. In addition to filmmaking equipment, we have access to filming and editing facilities at Corsham Court, and make full use of Minerva, the university’s virtual learning environment, and other on-line tutoring facilities. In addition, site-specific work takes advantage of our outstanding campus and the architecture and history of the City of Bath. Our greatest resource is perhaps the professionalism and experience of the tutors who teach on the course and our professional partnerships

Assessment methods

Your work will be assessed through practical projects, essays, portfolios and seminar presentations. In practical projects assessment may focus on your creative process or on the final product. All work is assessed against a generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.

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Our postgraduate Professional Master’s Programme (PMP) has been designed to offer professional learning related to general and specialist fields of education and training. Read more
Our postgraduate Professional Master’s Programme (PMP) has been designed to offer professional learning related to general and specialist fields of education and training. We offer flexible study on a range of work-based, independent study, taught and core modules, leading to Grad Cert, PG Cert, PG Dip or Master’s degree qualifications.

PMP Awards

The PMP has a selection of both specialised and general professional learning awards, some of which can be studied as a full-time programme.

Specialised awards:
These awards include specific modules for study:
• Education Studies (full & part-time options)
• Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia (full & part-time options)
• Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (part-time option)

General awards:
These flexible awards reflect the general focus of independent or work-based study undertaken. Participants undertaking general awards are initially registered to the 'Educational Practice' award. Based on the focus of their study, they may choose from a number of different titles for their final award.

The awards offered are:
• Early Childhood Studies
• Educational Practice
• Educational Leadership and Management
• Learning and Knowledge Technology
• Mentoring and Coaching
• Tertiary and Adult Education
• Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion

Qualifications within the programme

The range of qualifications offered have different requirements in terms of the number of module credits involved:

Graduate Certificate (Grad Cert)
This involves the study and completion of 60 credits at Level 6 (Honours).

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
This involves the study and completion of 60 credits, a maximum of 15 at Level 6 (Honours) and a minimum of 45 credits at Level 7 (Master’s).

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)
This involves the completion of 120 credits. At least 90 credits must be at Level 7 with a maximum of 30 at Level 6.

Master of Arts or Teaching (MA/MTeach)
The MA or MTeach qualification is gained through the completion of 180 credits that includes a final dissertation of 60 credits. The final stage 60 credits dissertation research project is 15,000-20,000 words or equivalent.

The period of registration for part-time students is usually a minimum of two (maximum of six) whereas full-time this is generally from one year up to two years maximum.

Elective and Core Modules within the programme

Flexible and Distance Learning Modules for General and some Specialist Awards:
For students working at a distance from the Bath Spa campuses we offer several flexible and distance learning low residency modules for a range of credits: 15, 30, 45, 60 at either level 6 or 7. Students registered onto each module are allocated a personal supervisor with an allocated number of support hours and can gain up to 90 credits following this pathway. The flexible modules offered:

• Independent Study Module
• Work-based Action Enquiry

Elective Modules for General Awards:
These 30 credit modules are intended for new participants who need to gain 60 to 120 credits within the General Awards. They are independent study options, and generally involve four or more evening sessions. They are additionally supported by Educational Context Seminars. The elective modules offered cover the following areas of study:

• Coaching
• Introduction to Distributed Leadership
• Learning in Mathematics
• Special Education Studies
• Early Years
• Including Vulnerable Learners
• Leading & Coaching
• Learning & Knowledge Technology
• Education, Politics & Society

Note: The above elective modules may be added to on an ongoing basis

PMP Core Research Modules for Master’s Awards:
The core modules that all participants must complete to progress towards a Master’s dissertation are:
• Research and the Professional: Part 1 – Research Methodology (15 credits)
• Research and the Professional: Part 2 – Project Preparation (15 credits)

This then leads to:
• Master’s Research Project (60 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment for most modules is based on completing assignments related to relevant professional learning tasks. An innovative range of assessment modes have been designed to reflect a diversity of professional needs and experience.

Valuing Previous Learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PGDip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 90 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 75 credits towards a PGDip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.

It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional development by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning).

School-Based CPD and Consultancy

At Bath Spa University we offer a wide range of school-based CPD opportunities. We are keen to provide professional development which reflects the changing contexts and priorities of schools and our current involvement ranges from specific CPD programmes for individual schools, or networks and clusters, through to strategic partnerships with Local Authorities and/or Teaching School Alliances. Timings for bespoke school/LA centre based modules will be individually negotiated to meet the group’s needs. These development projects might typically include:

Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
Your project focuses might include:
• Creative approaches to curriculum design
• The central role of talk and collaborative learning in the classroom
• Promoting and teaching learning to learn dispositions
• The place of Web 2.0 technologies to enhance learning

Mentoring and Coaching
Your mentoring and coaching project could include:
• Exploration of the similarities and differences between mentoring and coaching
• The place of mentoring and coaching in the workplace
• Development and consolidation of skills and knowledge associated with mentoring and coaching
• Strategies to support the development of a coaching culture in your school/ setting.

Leadership Development
Your leadership development module could include:
• Personal reflections on what informs your leadership aspirations and practice
• Understanding different leadership styles and their impact upon school climate
• The leadership of learning.
• Strategies to develop and support the leadership of change
• Critical understanding of building and leading effective teams

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Bath Spa University has a long tradition of Teacher Education dating back 60 years. Newton Park was officially opened as Bath Teacher Training College in 1950 and the University is now the largest provider of Teacher Education in the area. Read more
Bath Spa University has a long tradition of Teacher Education dating back 60 years. Newton Park was officially opened as Bath Teacher Training College in 1950 and the University is now the largest provider of Teacher Education in the area. Each year we recruit a diverse group of around 500 prospective teachers to a wide range of programmes in Teacher Education, leading to the award of either the Postgraduate or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, both with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Highly rated by Ofsted

The quality regulator Ofsted awarded Bath Spa University Grade 1 'Outstanding' for the overall effectiveness of our programmes leading to qualified teacher status in primary and secondary education. The Ofsted report praises the Teacher Education programme at the University, noting its “extremely good reputation”, its “very clear and well-articulated philosophy, which has the needs of learners at its heart”, the “outstanding” school-based elements of the training, and the fact that the training and assessment are “universally highly regarded”.

Teacher Education Programme

The programme has been planned and developed in partnership with schools and settings to provide high calibre new teachers to work in the 21st Century education system. Together, the University and partnership schools and settings support the development of new teachers and enhance the quality of the teaching profession. We offer PGCE programmes in:

- Primary and Early Years (3–7 age phase)
- Primary and Early Years (5-11 age phase)
- Primary and Early Years (7-11 age phase)
- Secondary (11–16 age phase) in the following subjects Art & Design; Computer Science with ICT; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Music; Physical Education; Religious Education; Physics with Maths; Science/Biology; Science/Chemistry; Science/Physics

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

We run pre-Teacher Education subject knowledge enhancement courses, which are designed for graduates who are interested in teaching a secondary priority subject but who may not necessarily have a degree in that subject. The courses will help you identify your individual training needs and top up your subject knowledge in areas that would be difficult to address on your own. They run prior to the Teacher Education programme and vary in length depending on the subject, which include modern languages, mathematics and physics.

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Bath Spa has pioneered the teaching of songwriting, and launched the world's first Songwriting Master’s degree in 2007. Its blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice is taught by published, practicing songwriters and academics. Read more
Bath Spa has pioneered the teaching of songwriting, and launched the world's first Songwriting Master’s degree in 2007. Its blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice is taught by published, practicing songwriters and academics. The course is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, or published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst continuing their creative development. Based at our postgraduate centre at Corsham Court, and also offered as a distance learning option, the course maintains strong links with industry through publishers, guest artists and guest lecturers, and offers the chance to consolidate and focus your creative output whilst developing a perspective on your work informed by research. You'll study with us on Mmus Songwriting so that you can:

• Comment critically upon your own and others’ material
• Examine the musicological roots of your craft
• Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace
• Rewrite and collaborate
• Conduct academic research
• Develop technical skills
• Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work
• Establish networks, collaborators and contacts


The course is available on either a full-time (typically one year) or part- time (typically two year) basis. We also offer a low-residency ‘distance learning’ option that will be open to both UK and overseas applicants. The course aims:

• To enable you to write and record songs to a professional level
• To develop critical awareness relating to your own songs and others'
• To develop your ability to perform/present your songs
• To inform you of historical and musicological developments in songwriting
• To enhance your understanding of the market value ((and artistic value) of your own work
• To provide opportunities for you to discuss current developments in songwriting with songwriters, producers and publishers
• To encourage you to develop re-writing and collaborative songwriting skills
• To help you to develop technical skills relevant to songwriting practice
• To develop your academic writing skills at level 7


Songwriting Skills: As an essential component of this module you will engage weekly with a series of preparatory creative writing and compositional exercises designed to supply you with the raw creative material from which to increase your lyrical, harmonic and melodic range. These exercises are technique-based and serve to extend your creative palette and songwriting choices. Tutorial and group-playback support engage real-time with critical feedback and professional advice. Online virtual classroom exercises are supported by instruction videos and examine imagery, metaphor, narrative, rhyme, meter, melody, harmonic construction, narrative perspectives, intertextuality and rhetorical principles.

History of Song: Through this module you will gain a systematic and comprehensive knowledge of strategies and form used in popular songwriting. You will also develop an advanced ability to contextualize your own songs. With reference to popular songs written between 1920 and the present day, a series of lectures examines key developments in the musical, lyrical and structural development of song. The teaching approach is analytical and particular attention is paid to strategies used by songwriters to convey ideas.

Context and Methodology: In this module, visiting professional practitioners deliver master-classes to explore particular ecologies within the songwriting profession. In master-classes and seminars, students explore diverse songwriting contexts such as writing for musical theatre, writing for the charts, writing to pitch-sheets and writing for an original performer. Research methods and postgraduate research methodology skills are then utilised to explore a possible blend of contexts identified by the student as being potential markets for their music. Becoming aware of the modalities and nuances of these cultures is the key to successful songwriting. In preparation for the Major Project portfolio, this module serves to refine your eventual work by investigating the cultural, semiotic, linguistic, musicological, economic and pragmatic structures of your intended song culture. This is a key Level 7 module, with a generic research emphasis designed to prepare the student for further postgraduate and doctoral study.

Collaborative Songwriting: This module aims to develop skills in collaborative songwriting, enabling you to experience a variety of collaborative methods, and to explore the relationship between collaborative process and final song product. Although primarily based around a systematic understanding of the creative process of collaboration, the module also helps students to explore collaborative works in their cultural and economic context, including royalty splits, publishing implications, and issues of shared Intellectual Property between joint creators.

Major Project: This double module represents the culmination of the MMus, and a chance for you to work on a substantial album/portfolio project. The module will be largely student-led, with most of the work centered on individual practice. You will receive tutorial support.


Bath Spa’s approach to the teaching of songwriting combines analysis of existing repertoire with a focus on song crafting technique and students are encouraged to develop by writing new songs throughout the course. Lectures, seminars and tutorials combine to offer a range of expert and peer critique that seeks to enable the student to examine original and known works in a range of critical and technical contexts. Students have access to laptop-based recording equipment and the programme has its own dedicated facilities. The curriculum is supported by a Virtual Learning Environment, so course materials can be accessed from any web link.

Recording Facilities - while our studio facilities are designed to enable the capture of high quality recordings, in keeping with contemporary songwriting industry practice it is anticipated that learners will become self-sufficient in the sense that, following completion of the course, they will be able to repeat the core processes of writing, planning and recording without incurring recording studio expenses. To enable mastery of the home recording process, students have access to laptop based ‘notepad’ setups and industry-standard plug-ins (Stylus, MachFive, BFD, Trilogy, Waves etc) throughout their studies.


Assessment takes the form of individual assignments for each module. Typical assessments include audio CD, presentation, essay, and evaluative account. Assessment is continuous and there are no written exams.

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The Master in Finance, Insurance and Risk Management aims at preparing students for high level careers in investment, private and commercial banking, securities design and trading, risk and asset management, risk management, asset allocation and actuarial sciences with the strong quantitative background in view of the challenges posed by solvency II.
Students are most welcome to join research departments of government agencies and central banks too, in insurance and consulting companies as well as in regulatory agencies. It is a truly international program entirely taught in English. Students receive a II level Master from the University of Torino as well as a Collegio diploma.

The placement record for previous graduates is excellent and includes a large variety of firms, banks, and organizations in the financial industry such as:
ADB SpA - AIB Bank - Allianz Bank - Banca IMI - Banca d’Italia - Bancoposta Fondi sgr - BIM - BIP - BNP
Paribas - Banca Aletti - Banco Ambrosiano Veneto - Banca Antonveneta - Banca Centrale Europea -
Banca Leonardo - Banca Profilo - Banca di Roma - Banca Sella - Banca 121 - Capitalia - Citigroup - Cofiri
Commerzbank AG - Compagnia di San Paolo - Crédit Agricole - Deutsche Bank - Enel - ERSEL - Eurizon
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - Ferrero Spa Finance - Fiat Finance - Fideuram -
Finanziaria Internazionale Securitization Group - Fitch Ratings - Fondiaria SAI - Intesa Sanpaolo - JP Morgan
Luxembourg - KPMG - Mediolanum - Macedonia Ministry of Finance - Money Farm - Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Nextra Sgr - Pioneer Investments PricewaterhouseCoopers - Prometeia - Royal Bank of Scotland - State Street
Bank - Symphonia sgr - TLX SpA - UBI - UBM - UniCredit - VesselsValue.com

Annual tuition fees for the Master program are € 15,000. They are comprehensive of course materials, use of the Collegio and University facilities, access to on-campus seminars, access to the Library and online databases of the Collegio and University. Tuition waivers are awarded to applicants according to the admission ranking.

First deadline: March 15, 2016
Regular applications: June 30, 2016


1. A truly international Master’s program taught entirely in English, in a premier research institution.
2. The award of a second level Master degree from the University of Torino.
3. A highly experienced faculty from Italian and foreign universities, alongside the experience of leading finance and banking professionals.
4. Daily contact with the scholars and researchers of the Collegio Carlo Alberto and access to the many scientific activities and events hosted at the Collegio.
5. The availability of a fully equipped computer lab. In addition to the electronic resources offered by the University of Torino and the Collegio Carlo Alberto, students have access to primary proprietary softwares in Finance.
6. On-campus career days, interviews and presentations, internships in major financial companies at the end of the program.
7. The reputation and the extensive network of our Alumni.

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The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language, or further develop their TESOL career prospects. Read more
The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language, or further develop their TESOL career prospects. The MA TESOL at Bath Spa University is one of the few TESOL programmes in the UK which incorporates a teaching practice component and is designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no previous teaching experience.

The programme aims to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. At the same time you will extend your own knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.

The programme recognises and values your professional, cultural and life experiences and you will develop and explore these experiences during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application.

Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme as we prepare you to return to your home country with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting.


The MA TESOL is available both full and part-time, and for international students there is a low residency option.

The one year full-time route has taught modules (totalling 120 credits) being taken for the first two trimesters with the dissertation (60 credits) being completed in the third trimester. The part-time route is taken over two years, completing one module per trimester.

There are two modules in the first trimester, one covers the practical skills of language teaching and includes teaching practice in an appropriate school setting, the other analyses language from a discourse perspective and incorporates practical analysis tasks.

Suitably experienced teachers may choose an Independent Study module over the practical Theory and Practice of TESOL module in this trimester. The Independent Study module is negotiated with the award leader and allows for a more personalised learning experience.

The programme continues the practical and theoretical mix in trimester two while fostering independent study skills and culminates with the dissertation in the third trimester.

Throughout the programme the amount of independent study gradually increases, both within and across modules, in order to build your confidence and self-reliance. As your future continuing professional development is also important to us, reflection, as a key skill, is interwoven into all modules to nurture your ability to continue learning beyond the MA TESOL.

We offer a low-residency option for international students. You will attend Bath Spa University twice a year for one or two intensive weeks of teaching input (usually September and February). This is followed by a period of study in which assignments are completed and submitted before the next face-to-face teaching block. This route for the MA TESOL will take one or two years depending on the number of modules taken during the face-to-face blocks.


Trimester 1
The first trimester begins with Theory and Practice of TESOL and Language Analysis for TESOL. These modules include theoretical knowledge and practical skills both for classroom practice and language analysis. Observed teaching placement runs throughout the trimester for module one, with the latter module focusing on practical language analysis tasks and reflection on language analysis approaches. Reflection, as a core knowledge area for the degree, is firmly set into the learning and assessment for both modules. For suitably experienced teachers the Independent Study module is an option to be discussed with the Award Leader.

Trimester 2
The second trimester builds on the first with a more critical and in-depth focus on TESOL theories of learning and teaching in Second Language Learning and Teaching. This module incorporates further observed teaching practice and reflection on theory and practice. The research module, Research Methods in Social Science, allows for an individual focus on research methods and begins the thinking for the dissertation. This is a key trimester for the dissertation where reflection and discussion on research ideas and core TESOL areas is encouraged.

Trimester 3
In your third trimester you will continue your studies through researching and writing your Dissertation (60 credits). Your dissertation topic is chosen in consultation with a nominated supervisor. This process begins in trimester two allowing for ideas to develop and time to explore alternative concepts and methodologies before fully embarking on your research. Trimester three is primarily independent study with support from your supervisor through various channels such as face-to-face and skype discussions, with online and/or email feedback.


Teaching and learning methods utilised include lectures, seminars, workshops, directed classroom-based activities and discussion to promote and enhance reflection. Peer-teaching opportunities, presentations and student led workshops are also employed throughout the programme. You are encouraged to keep a journal for teaching practice which enhances and supports reflection on your experience. This aids continuation of discussions linking theory to practice which begin in class and continue throughout the programme on an individual self-reflection and peer reflection basis.

Your fellow course participants are an important resource to draw on through shared experience and stories as you build a community of practice. The university offers many supportive resources including a virtual learning environment, which will support your online discussions and knowledge enhancement, and various library resources. There is also a Writing and Learning Centre offering academic support for writing and independent study skills.


Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies.


Both formative and summative assessment is built into each core module with no written exams utilised in any module. Summative assessment takes the form of a portfolio of tasks which may include oral presentations, reflection on module learning and teaching practice, essays and analysis tasks. All summative assessment is supported by formative work during the module which includes discussions with tutors and colleagues, feedback on presentations and assignment drafts, journal reflections and class activities.

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The course teaches you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects and offers practical experience of making such projects. Read more


The course teaches you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects and offers practical experience of making such projects. We cannot guarantee that your project will get made and your success in academic terms will not depend upon you having completed a feature (although we are confident that many students will achieve this).

All students will graduate with a wealth of professional contacts, a stunning showreel, a fully developed feature film project and the knowledge and contacts for how to get ahead in the film business.

The aim is that at the end of the MA in Feature Filmmaking you will have received a through education in the needs and techniques of the micro -budget film business and have the skills to be able to negotiate favourable terms for your current (and future) feature projects to be distributed.


This MA is taught in an executive format of intensive workshops and seminars. You will be based at Bath Spa premises in Bristol and at the University’s Corsham Court Centre in Wiltshire. These offer studio facilities and the latest editing software, lights and video cameras including Sony F3 and Canon DSLR 5D and 7D, together with first class tutorial and lecture rooms.

You should expect to work 12-14 hour days for six days a week when filming and editing. It is expected that most productions will involve 4-6 weeks for principal photography. The projects will then go into a period of editing of 10-12 weeks to arrive at a version of the film that is suitable for screening to distributors and agencies to seek further completion funding.


Workshop modules: These are practical and creative filmmaking workshops, which will give students the techniques for feature film production for low budget film production. In workshop modules students will be taught by BSU academic staff, with experience in documentary or drama production, and/or by industry professionals.

Context modules: Context modules are offered in the belief that filmmakers will only reap the rewards of their creative skills if they have an adequate understanding of the industry, the financial and legal frameworks and the operation of these systems. These are not modules that would be covered in an MA in Film Studies as they relate entirely to the business functions of the industry although you will investigate the power and dominance of the Hollywood studio system and its impact on narrative, for example. However you will then apply this knowledge to alternative funding models and tax regimes that European countries have adopted to combat Hollywood’s dominance.

Feature development workshops: There will be two script/development workshops and up to 4 hours 1.1 mentoring during this period. Students on the part-time route will have the opportunity to collaborate on productions being filmed by full-time students during this period.

Practicum: This double module is where theory and practice come together in the production and postproduction of a feature length project.

• FM7001 From Script to Screen – low budget production techniques (Workshop): This module will introduce and explore practical and creative techniques, approaches and strategies of low budget feature documentary and fiction production. This gives an over view where key skills are developed building on students’ previous knowledge. Each student will refine their personal project during this module by learning advanced editorial, scripting, stylistic approaches to feature film production.
• FM7002 From Pitch to Production - the international film business (Context): To compete in the global film business low budget practitioners will be required to understand the historical development business systems, procedures and models that influence the contemporary global film business. This model will allow filmmakers to understand how and why the Hollywood model still dominates feature film production.
• FM7003 Planning for Success – pre-production (Workshop): This module builds on the first two modules to give students the ability to further develop/rework/alter their main project in the light of the insights into low budget cinema techniques and how the international film business operates.
• FM7004 Finding an Audience – distribution techniques (Context): This module will give the students a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of contemporary marketing theory and practice as applied to film. The module will introduce traditional marketing theories and strategies on marketing communications, consumer behaviour, direct marketing and customer relationship marketing. It will then update these approaches with a focus on digital marketing techniques that use social networks to build networks of advocates prior to release that can produce a marketing momentum that allows low budget films to compete against Hollywood’s blockbuster marketing clout.
• FM7005 Production & Postproduction (Practicum): This module is the culmination of the previous four modules. In this 16 week module students will turn their projects into a feature length production, building on the insights they have learnt over the course. The projects will normally need to be completed to an ‘off-line’ standard with a stereo mix.


Students will be assessed through continuous assessment. Assessment tasks will be varied , including group presentations, script development evaluations, industry reports, production folders, marketing reports and feature film project.
Your final mark for the production module will reflect the quality of the final submission and amount of input you have put into the combined project either as a producer or director. Your tutors will evaluate your creative and physical input to the project and your course based on your journals, tutorials, other students’ submissions and any other submissions. In this sense a well-produced project can be awarded a distinction to the producer even if the director achieves a pass for his or her work.

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* Subject to final approval. Globalisation continues to be a transformational and accelerating force driving contemporary social, economic and cultural change at all scales from continents to nation-states and local communities. Read more
* Subject to final approval.

Globalisation continues to be a transformational and accelerating force driving contemporary social, economic and cultural change at all scales from continents to nation-states and local communities. Every area of life has been transformed by globalisation in complex ways. MA Global Studies provides you with an exciting interdisciplinary framework in which to develop and deepen your understanding of how globalisation is reorganising social and economic life, environmental awareness and cultural forms whilst creating new sets of public sector challenges, private sector innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities. This programme is distinctive in providing you not only with opportunities for advanced academic study of globalisation processes and impacts in all sectors alongside effective entrepreneurship, management and enterprise skills that that allow you to build your understanding and your career.

Why study Global Studies*?

This course is designed to give you an advanced appreciation of the drivers of and impact on social, economic and cultural change in contemporary society. Alongside a critical awareness of how and why various forms of change occur with different waves of globalisation, you will gain an understanding of complex change at multiple scales. This will benefit those seeking to contribute to private, public and third sector organisations that operate in increasingly globalised markets and environments and require an ability to change and adapt through evidence-based decision making in rapidly changing economic, social and cultural contexts.

The ability to focus your studies on questions of leadership, research and change management in the context of increasing globalisation allows those from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to build their expertise and preparation for roles in management in any organisational context. MA Global Studies will give you an appreciation of the complex patterns of change to which organisations must adapt and respond if they are to identify and secure economic and social opportunities and benefits.

MA Global Studies does not require any particular disciplinary background, however it may appeal to those with an interest/background in subjects such as Business, Management and Organisations; Human and Social Geography; Development Studies; Education; Sociology and Social Sciences; Media and Communications and many more

Visit the website http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/society-enterprise-and-environment/courses/postgraduate/global-studies

Course structure

MA Global Studies is an interdisciplinary programme focused on the nature and impacts of globalisation in many areas of social, economic and cultural life. The programme allows you to access to a range of relevant study opportunities as wide as the impacts of globalisation itself. Selected modules are drawn from across our University alongside essential core modules and research methods training. This structure promotes the development of your understanding of the depth and breadth of global change as well as a curiosity for interdisciplinary enquiry.

You will take a combination of core and elective modules. The core modules deepen your understanding of globalisation past, present and future, with growing awareness of environmental interconnectedness - a hallmark of contemporary globalisation - being a distinctive focus. You will also benefit from rigorous training in research methods, essential for preparing you for the Global Studies Research Project in trimester 3, but also useful for those thinking about careers involving research in public, private and third sectors and those considering pursuing doctoral study.


Core modules:
Globalisation: Cultures and Flows
Environment and Society: Global Perspectives
Research Methods in Social Science
Global Studies Research Project

Elective modules:
Education and Development
Financial Management for International Business
Intercultural Musicology
International Business and Management
International Education and Globalisation
International Higher Education
Introduction to Creative Writing
Leadership Principles: Context and Challenges
Strategy and Governance
Transnational Creativities

Course assessment

The programme is assessed using a range of items appropriate to the materials being considered. The mix will depend upon your module choices, typical tasks include: essays, case study work, data analysis, presentations, seen examinations, research proposal, extended research project (which can include fieldwork elements).

Teaching Methods and Resources

Bath Spa University students are among the most satisfied students at any UK university at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Source: National Student Survey 2014; Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014). This programme combines our excellent and innovative teaching and varied and imaginative learning opportunities from across several disciplines. Whichever modules you choose you will have access to a huge range of learning resources, including our sector leading teaching spaces and industry-standard equipment.

- Teaching methods
The programme is taught through a very wide range of methods and media including: lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, creative workshops, performances, tutor and student presentations, peer assessment. Alongside our expert staff, modules may make use of invited guest speakers who share their insights and experience in various sectors. Our personalised virtual learning environment is available 24/7 and holds an array of support materials, useful links and documentation.

Career opportunities

This programme combines advanced study and rigorous training in research methods, essential for multiple career options. Your deep and critical understanding of the complexities of the processes and impacts of globalisation on individuals, organisations and societies is excellent preparation for those in management and decision making roles in a range of organisations adapting to the challenges - and realising the opportunities - presented by globalisation. Whether your role is in a public service environment characterised by increased competition, a charity with global objectives or a business searching for new market opportunities in the wake of the social, technological and economic transformations of our age, this programme will help inform your understanding, evidence your decision making and give you an advantage in the increasingly globalised employment environment of the 21st century.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-do-i-apply

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The growth of new urban landscapes has determined a remarkable change in the organisation of the space. it is no longer the concentrated city, but it is the territory, the landscape, the container of everything. Read more


The growth of new urban landscapes has determined a remarkable change in the organisation of the space: it is no longer the concentrated city, but it is the territory, the landscape, the container of everything. This new model of contemporary city can be assimilated to an archipelago where each unit has its own connotation, but where the social values as well as the activity are strictly connected with the relations existing with the other units.

The Master’s objective is to enable professionals to manage complex urban, architectural and territorial issues, by using innovative analysis tools and design methods on different levels with a particular stress on planning, landscape design, environmental sustainability and renewable energy.

The final goal is to provide an adequate training to professionals playing a role in the process of Urban and Architecture transformation and development.

The program includes an internship in a company working in the disciplinary field.


Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate and with a knowledge of the English language (IELTS 5.0 academic or equivalent certificate).
The program is addressed to candidates with a curriculum in urban planning and/or architecture, as well as those who have a degree in economics, humanities, social sciences and communication, or other disciplines related to the program’s field of study.

Job Opportunities

The Master Urban Vision and Architectural Design offers several job or requalification opportunities:

Public administration, on a local, national and European level, to face and manage the complexity of formulation, implementation, evaluation and communication of territorial policies;

Acting as Project Managers in territorial development agencies, real estate companies, NGOs, non-profit organisations, research centres for urban and territorial transformation, companies working in the field of consultancy and designing development scenarios;

In engineering or architecture studios, dealing with the development of projects, as well as national and international competitions;

Urban designers, planners or advisors;

Consultants, in the public and private sector, in communication and territorial promotion activities (design of services, urban marketing, egovernment, urban centres, city network, public offices of relation with citizens), planning and management of events, cultural initiatives, tourist and recreational activities.


A network of professionals and leaders in different areas of interest are in constant and proficient interaction and collaboration with the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design at Domus Academy, actively participating in educational programming, workshops and international competitions organized by the department.

Students have access to a wide network of connections and relationships with the most prestigious companies, including

Castel Monastero ARUP, Bayer Material Science, CNS spa – Tecnologia per l’ambiente, Hines Italia Srl, Ing Real Estate Development ItalySrl, Legnolandia, Le FondBelval, Milano Metropoli – Development Agency, MU.VI.TA. – Museo Vivo delle Tecnologie per l’Ambiente, Peverelli – Giardini e Paesaggi d’Autore, Prelios, Pirelli RE.

Each individual company is a useful contact for the future professional life of every student, as well as being indispensable mentor and point of reference throughout the course of studies.

Academic and Institutional Partners:

California State University Florence, i2a – international institute of architecture, Milan Municipality.

The Master has worked with:

ARUP, Bayer Material Science, CNS spa – Tecnologia per l’ambiente, Hines Italia Srl, Ing Real Estate Development ItalySrl, Legnolandia, Le FondBelval, Milano Metropoli – Development Agency, MU.VI.TA. – Museo Vivo delle Tecnologie per l’Ambiente, Peverelli – Giardini e Paesaggi d’Autore, Prelios, Pirelli RE.

For more information please visit http://www.domusacademy.com/

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This is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. Read more
This is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. All our tutors are award winning writers with an insight into what it takes to make it in the industry. We aim to turn out writers who understand the structure and craft of drama, have a finished script they can use as a calling card, know the industry in all its variety, and can pitch and sell their work.

The MA is taught in seventeen weekends of intensive workshops. It is not, however, ‘low residency’. There are as many hours of teaching as on Bath Spa University’s established MA in Creative Writing.

The course is taught at our beautiful Corsham Court campus where we have state of the art performance, capture and editing facilities. Our students also have opportunities to see their work for the stage performed and to shoot excerpts from their screenplays. We work closely with the School of Music and Performing Arts, and their students will have the opportunity to help act in and produce our work.

Although this is an intellectually challenging postgraduate course, there is no ‘academic’ side detached from the working side. Everything theoretical is geared to help the students as writers.

The MA in Scriptwriting also offers each of its students a free copy of Final Draft scriptwriting software, a must for professional Scriptwriters.


The course is full-time from October to September, or part-time over two years, and is taught in modules. The first trimester runs from October to January and there are two modules, each delivered in three intensive weekends.

One is the module on Dramatic Structure. This aims to give you an understanding of the full range of ways that plays and scripts can work. You are introduced to dialogue, character, genre, and the different media. But the emphasis is on how to tell a story - a well made plot. Students will read and view widely, but the academic side is not separate from the working side. This module is to help you write.

The other module in the first trimester is a workshop in Writing Theatre and Radio. This is delivered in three intensive weekends. All of the time is devoted to the students’ own work, and much of the time we work on our feet. At the end of the trimester each student finishes a 45 to 60 minute play or radio script, and a 3,000 word essay that explains the structure of that script.

The second trimester, from February to June, also has two modules. One is Professional Skills, again over three intensive weekends. All our experience is that the ability to write alone is not enough to make your way in the various industries of theatre, television, film and radio. You also need to be able to pitch, and to talk intelligently and flexibly about your own work and others’. One of our tutors facilitates this module, and various industry professionals come in for a day each to inform, rehearse and challenge you.

The other module this trimester is Workshop in Screenwriting, also over three weekends. Here you write a script for film or television. We pay particular attention to genre, to the visual and time requirements of the screen, and to writing for particular markets. At the end of this trimester each student finishes 50 to 60 minutes of TV, or a short film script, or a treatment for a full-length film plus at least 45 minutes of polished script.

The third trimester runs from June to the end of September. Here there is only one double module, the Final Script Workshop. The workshops meet over five intensive Saturdays.

In this module each student writes a full length play, a full length film script, or the equivalent in television or radio. This script can be a development and reworking of earlier pieces, but will often be completely new work. At the end of September students submit this script.

The final assessment is based on four things. The most important is this script. The second is a 1,500 word essay explaining exactly where in the market it is aimed and how it is shaped to fit that niche. The third is a cold pitch for this script. When we speak of the market, we are thinking quite broadly. Some students will want to write for Hollywood, British independent films, soap operas, or theatre. Others will want to write radio plays, documentaries, puppet shows, theatre in education, training videos or school plays. The emphasis is, however, always on getting your work to a stage where it is ready to be produced. The fourth is a practical realisation of a short excerpt of an original work stage, screen or radio play. Students are expected to co ordinate this realisation themselves with advice and support from their tutor and using the University’s resources.


All courses will be taught by intensive workshops. Over the years we have found this is far and away the most productive way of teaching writing. It is particularly suited to scriptwriting, which is very much a social and collective art.

Tutors and visiting professionals:
All of our tutors are writers working in the industry. Among those working on the course will be:

• Ursula Rani Sarma (Course Director) writer for theatre, radio and screen
• Steve May who writes radio and novels
• Lucy Catherine who writes theatre, television and film
• Robin Mukherjee who writes theatre, television and film
• Hattie Naylor who writes film, theatre, radio and opera libretti
• Jonathan Neale who writes theatre, radio and novels

In the second semester we have visits from several professionals in the industry. Each conducts a one-day workshop with students, outlining the industry and giving them rigorous practice in pitching their work. Typically, we will have an agent, a TV producer, a radio producer, a theatre director or literary manager, and a film script editor.

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The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. Read more
The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. The course focuses on the application of writing skills to match the requirements of the travel and nature writing sector. To this end, students will learn from engagement, encounter, workshop, tuition and mentoring; they will develop their professional practice and produce a portfolio of work to help establish their careers in this highly competitive field.


This is a low residency course over three semesters. It will normally consist of three week-long residential sessions, meeting visiting writers and industry specialists; distance learning modules designed to familiarise participants with the standards, interests and publishing requirements of the sector; one-to-one tutorials and mentoring providing the opportunity to turn experience into well-crafted writing of publication standard.


The course begins with an intense six-day residential session for induction, introduction to distance learning, taught modules and mentoring sessions. The first two semesters involves writing regular pieces which are critiqued by tutors and peers. Through a business and context module, students can explore the ethics, history and development of a particular area of travel or nature writing. The second residency takes place in January or February. Throughout the course students will develop a portfolio of their best work and a journal tracking their submissions to publications; in this they will be supported by a mentor. The third residency will involve fieldwork, normally outside the UK.


Face-to-face seminars during intensive residency weeks, individual tutorials, directed study in writing and rewriting, online tutorials, Wikis, discussion boards, tutorial and peer critiques. Students will read extensively and are expected to be familiar with the subject and its contextual literature.


Bath Spa University can draw on the experience of professional writers, tutors and industry professionals of the highest standard.


The course totals 180 credits: modules in the first semester account for 30 credits, the second semester also accounts for 30 credits, professional practice develops through semesters one and two accounting for 30 credits and the portfolio amassed throughout all three semesters accounts for 90 credits.


The course is designed to introduce students to the workings of various travel and nature writing publishing opportunities and prepare them for the submission of their own work. It will also equip them with the practical and business skills to operate as freelance writers.

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The ways in which we understand and manage ‘heritage’ are changing rapidly, while the physical remains of our past – buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites – and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape the ways in which we live our lives. Read more
The ways in which we understand and manage ‘heritage’ are changing rapidly, while the physical remains of our past – buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites – and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape the ways in which we live our lives.

This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a wide range of local, regional and national heritage organisations. We will help you set heritage in its social, political and economic context, and support you in a series of placements so that you can see how this plays out on the ground, for real.

“I want to know the relationship between this wooden object ... and where it has been. I want to be able to reach the handle of the door and turn it and feel it open. I want to be able to walk into each room where this object has lived, to feel the volume of the space, to know what pictures were on the walls, how the light fell from the windows. And I want to know whose hands it has been in, and what they felt and thought about it – if they thought about it. I want to know what it has witnessed.”
Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (Chatto & Windus, 2010)

The hare with amber eyes – a tiny Japanese netsuke – is part of de Waal’s personal inheritance, knotted into the threads of family and world history, but the questions he asks of it belong to us all.

We will ask these questions of historic buildings, museum collections, parks and gardens, archaeological sites, public and private archives. We will consider the ways in which these resources are managed, presented and explained, and explores these through a series of encounters with heritage practitioners and heritage places. What challenges are heritage bodies currently facing? What choices do they make in dealing with them? How will pressures on public funding for heritage in the UK – and further afield – shape our experience of visiting and working in museums and heritage sites in the future? And how will our wider understanding of heritage change as a result?

Trying to answer such questions provides a framework for practical work in the sector, underpinned by hands-on, supportive teaching. As well as thinking about heritage, we want you to become involved in a range of projects, working with our extensive range of partners, and to gain experience on the ground. Examples of current placements and projects include English Heritage, the World Heritage Sites at Avebury and the City of Bath, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, HMS Victory, ss Great Britain, the Roman Baths Museum and Churches Conservation Trust.


The course will be delivered mainly through intensive workshops. These will be complemented by guest lectures, offering you the chance to become involved in thinking about major heritage issues as they develop, or meetings with leading players in the sector. We also work closely with other departments within the University – for example, Business and Management and Publishing – to supplement and enhance our heritage teaching.

We make extensive use of the extraordinary heritage of Bath and the surrounding area, including the University’s own campuses at Corsham Court, where this course is based. There are two World Heritage Sites on the University’s doorstep: the iconic landscape of Stonehenge and Avebury and the City of Bath itself; and we have links with a wide range of different organisations across the country.


Developing Heritage Thinking
This module introduces the key concepts we will use throughout the course, and provides the basis for asking how far heritage practice has kept pace with changes in heritage thinking and in society, politics and the economy. It draws on the extensive body of literature on heritage issues but, most importantly, encourages you to develop your own heritage thinking.

Policy, Strategy and Structures
What is the impact of heritage policy and strategy on current practice? How has this evolved over time? How might heritage policy develop in future?

Heritage Management: Practice and Planning
This module focuses on major areas of current practice, taught by leading practitioners in the field.

Understanding Current Practice
This research module involves the application of current thinking and policy to heritage practice. It is intended to take you beneath the surface of a new gallery, a restored garden, or a period interior, and ask you to consider: why this? It will enable you to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the ways in which the heritage sector really works, and the constraints it must work within.

Supported Placement
This might involve work on a specific project, or a broader introduction to the work of a particular organisation. We see this as the focal point of the course, and potentially of enormous value to you and to the organisations with whom you’ll be working.
Final project or dissertation


Careers in the heritage sector include roles in collections management, education and learning, exhibition planning and implementation, community engagement and outreach, and marketing and fundraising. You might also become involved in operational management, events planning, retail and visitor services.

Not everyone will want a job in the ‘heritage industry’ and competition for jobs is fierce. Therefore, the course includes a range of generic skills and opportunities which are aimed at increasing employability for Bath Spa postgraduates in the voluntary sector, social enterprises, fundraising, and a wide range of administrative and management roles. As well as studying heritage management, you will be fostering links with external partners and with other departments across the University. These may be the connections which help lead you into other roles, including the third sector, cultural industries and tourism, or to self-employment.

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