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University of Bath Postgraduate Programmes

University of Bath

A world-class University in a World Heritage city

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Masters' prospectus

About us

At Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research; our welcoming community; and for providing students with outstanding preparation for the workplace. We are:

  • The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year 2023
  • Top 10 in all national league tables including top 5 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  • Top 5 for career prospects in all national league tables
  • Among the top 10% of universities worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings 2024 at 148th

Our academic programmes are designed to provide both rigorous intellectual challenge and real-world relevance, giving you the opportunity to study with researchers who are leaders in their field.

92% of our research is world leading or international excellent (according to REF 2022) so your studies will be informed by some of the most exciting and innovative ideas across all fields.

Our vibrant campus, and location right on the edge of the city of Bath, provide superb sporting, social and cultural opportunities. We are one of the safest campus sites in the UK and one of the first universities in the country to win a national police approved security award.

Join our friendly, high-achieving community to gain the knowledge, skills and experience you’ll need to thrive in a world of global networks.

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Good University Guide 2023

Master’s courses and research degrees

The University offers a broad range of master’s courses and research degrees. Subjects include engineering, design, humanities, social science, management and science.

We carry out research that makes a difference to society - from developing a sustainable alternative to palm oil, creating a new way of storing vaccines without refrigeration to keeping us safe from cyber threats.

Postgraduate students benefit from:

  • Excellent teaching and research facilities.
  • Support for your research from internationally recognised supervisors.
  • Opportunities to enhance your employability via targeted skills training or, for selected programmes, work placements.
  • Access to our library, open 24/7, working around your studying schedule.
  • Funding is available in many different forms, from studentships offered by our departments and scholarships to career development loans.
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Learning experience

We offer the highest quality of teaching in outstanding learning facilities, with access to a wide range of skills development opportunities. You will be taught by teaching staff, researchers, and practitioners who are leaders in their fields using their research and industry links to inform course content and teach you the most up-to-date topics. Our learning approach combines in-person activities on campus, online elements, and structured independent study. In-person teaching and engagement takes place each week on campus, making sure that learning is worked through in practice. In addition, the online teaching provision includes both interactive learning sessions and independent self-study.

The campus

The University’s campus is set on attractive rural grounds overlooking the historic city of Bath. You don’t have to walk far to reach facilities like the Library, postgraduate common rooms, shops, and a post office.

In the last decade we have invested over £450 million in our campus. This includes new accommodation, academic buildings and sport facilities such as an Olympic legacy-swimming pool and a gym and fitness centre expanded across three floors.

Postgraduate virtual open day

Get an insight into what it's like to study at Bath.

We hold Virtual Open Days several times a year to help prospective students experience the University of Bath.

Our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Day will take place on 8 November 2023 11am to 3pm (UK time).

Chat live with staff and current postgraduate students to find out more about living and studying at Bath. Join our live webinars where you can ask questions directly to both staff and students.

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Scholarships for 2023 entry

We have a number of scholarship schemes available with a range of eligibility. Explore all our scholarships for 2023. Apply now for courses starting in 2023.

The city

Bath is a lively, friendly, and historic city, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The city is home to global businesses and start-up companies, so you can find local employment opportunities while you study and when you graduate. Bath is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list twice; for its historic architecture and as one of the Great Spas of Europe.

Small enough to explore on foot, you can discover its beautiful stone buildings and the natural hot springs which gave the city its name. Indulge yourself in year-round arts festivals, museums, galleries and the spa and get involved with the local community with our great volunteering opportunities.

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International students

The University has a vibrant international student community. 32% of students come from outside the UK, representing over 147 nationalities.

We know that moving to a new country and experiencing a different culture can be challenging. Here at Bath our International Student Advice Team can help to settle you in, including an international orientation programme and mentoring scheme to help students relax into life in the UK.

University of Bath alumni can be found occupying positions of influence in many countries and we seek to continue our association with former students long after they have graduated.

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Department / School information and available programmes:

The Department for Health at the University of Bath is committed to conducting research to promote health and wellbeing, enhance functional performance and improve the health service. We use the knowledge derived from our research, to inform the teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our areas of research are vast, ranging from how we can improve public health to injury in elite athletes. The Dept works closely with esteemed international academic institutions, and individual health practitioners, in order to meet the regional, national and global challenges facing health and social care. At postgraduate level, we offer both taught and research study options delivered through a range of methods to allow you to study whilst working.

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Our postgraduate degrees reflect industrial needs and advances in research to give you the relevant knowledge to move your career forward.
Our master's courses focus on materials, sustainability, innovative design and conservation. We also offer an MArch (RIBA part 2) and PG Cert Professional Practice (RIBA part 3) for students working towards becoming Architects.

Your learning will be embedded in a vibrant research culture and taught by academics who are global leaders in their fields. You can get involved with our research centres and take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities during your MSc research dissertation.

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Our master's course and research degrees give you the opportunity to take your career to the next level.
We offer two specialist master's courses that focus on sustainable and environmental elements of chemical engineering processes and products.

Your learning will be embedded in a vibrant research culture and taught by academics who are global leaders in their fields. You can get involved with our research centres and take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities during your MSc research dissertation.

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Our highly-ranked department offers master’s and research courses in a wide range of specialist areas. We offer a supportive environment for students to study in and strong links to industry, giving you the opportunity to take your career to the next level. Our research is strongly interdisciplinary and combines practical application with a theoretical understanding. Research ranges from systems-wide issues in computer science, such as mathematical foundations through visual and cognitive processes, to artificial intelligence, human-centred design and collaborative systems.

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The Department of Economics at the University of Bath began as a Political Economy Group. Over the years, it has grown into a modern economics department whose research covers economic theory, econometrics and finance. The impact of the departments research spans the fields of employment and national minimum wage, to understanding the motivators behind retirement. It was rated excellent by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to cover a range of economic interests, with both applied and core streams, and specialisms in banking and finance.

Teaching is delivered by academics who actively research their subject area and use this to inform their classroom content.

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The Department of Education at the University of Bath is a thriving academic community with a strong national and international reputation for research. With strong links with schools, colleges, universities, government departments and other educational institutions, the department covers a broad range of research areas. At postgraduate level, our courses have a strong focus on education in an international setting. A number of delivery methods are used to allow students to continue their work whilst studying on a number of our courses. Previously graduates of the postgraduate programmes in the department have gone on to be successful working across a range of educational and business settings, at a variety of levels.

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Our master's courses and research degrees give you the opportunity to take your career to the next level.
We offer a range of MSc degrees covering key areas of electronic and electrical engineering. Some of our courses also include an integrated three-month placement.
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Your learning will be embedded in a vibrant research culture and taught by academics who are global leaders in their fields. You can get involved with our research centres and take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities during your MSc research dissertation.

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We are an internationally-recognised mathematics research department, offering master’s and postgraduate research degrees across a range of areas. Our staff are active researchers who work in particular areas but with a strong culture of collaboration and mutual support. Research groups in the Department include algebra, geometry and number theory, analysis, applied and interdisciplinary mathematics, numerical analysis and scientific computing, and statistics.

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You can improve your career prospects with our specialist master's courses and excellent PhD opportunities.
Our MScs span different aspects of mechanical engineering including automotive, design and management.

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The ‘PoLIS’ Department at the University of Bath offers a range of degrees spanning politics, languages, international studies and interpreting.

Covering such a broad range of subject areas, the research undertaken by academics covers topics such as gender and sexuality, culture and memory, and international issues to name just a few. It also has a global reach, with academics travelling to undertake research in a variety of contexts. This holistic experience informs the teaching they deliver, and encourages students to think about the wider context to their studies.

The languages arm of this department is home to our interpreting and translating suite of courses. These highly respected courses have been running for over 50 years and are world renowned for the level of training provided. The course has strong links with key employers of interpreters such as the EU and UN, as well as other language services around the world

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The University of Bath’s Department of Psychology has an impressive reputation. Ranked 2nd for Psychology in The Complete University Guide 2020, our programmes and our graduates, are highly sought-after.

The department has distinctive research profile and a record of cutting-edge, theoretically informed research in applied psychology. Areas of research are extensive and include the clinical, cognitive, developmental, environmental, health, and social aspects of psychology.

Situated within one of the Universities newest buildings on campus, with access to cutting-edge facilities students of psychology degrees can utilise purpose-built labs and workspaces. In addition, a number of the postgraduate courses offered include a placement opportunity. This allows students to apply their learning from taught modules to real-world challenges.

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The Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath is a diverse centre of research and study covering sociology, social policy, social work, international development and criminology.

Topics of research have included work on children and family research, governance and policy design and lifelong health and wellbeing. The department is also home to three well established research centres covering death and society, development studies and social policy analysis. These internationally recognised centres inform the teaching on many of the courses delivered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

At postgraduate level, a large proportion of our degree offerings are focused on research, with our taught programmes centred around international studies, development and conflict.

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The Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath is a leading public policy institute that aims to further public good through research into issues of significant relevance to policy debate and decision-making.
They contribute to the MSc Public Policy delivered through the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, as well we offering a Professional Doctorate programme.

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We are a leading UK business school. We’re ranked 1st for Marketing in The Complete University Guide 2023, a position we have held since 2017. Top 5 for Accounting and Finance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023) and top 5 for Business, Management and Marketing (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023). Building on over half a century of experience, we’re working on plans to help us inspire and innovate for the next 50 years and beyond. Study with us to enjoy great teaching and the latest research thinking. Our MSc courses are a stepping stone for your career. Leading experts teach our courses, which are influenced by the latest research. Industry-relevant course content will broaden your business knowledge. We design our courses to give you hands-on experience that prepares you for the working world. We have a network of over 300 companies across a range of industries. You’ll have many chances to work with leading organisations throughout your course. We know that improving your career prospects is an important reason for doing a master’s. We will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to feel prepared from the moment you step into the interview room. We include careers support in the timetable for all our MSc courses. You’ll also be able to get involved with a variety of optional career activities during the year. Getting involved in extracurricular activities enhances your CV and helps you get the most out of your degree.

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