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About us

Ranked in the top five of the UK's universities and colleges by the Guardian University Guide 2016 for the second year running, and approaching our 50th year, Bath is well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds.

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

87% of our research is world leading (according to REF 2014) so your studies will be informed by some of the most exciting and innovative ideas across all fields.

Our outstanding placement scheme helps ensure our highly sought-after graduates are well attuned to meet the evolving needs of employers. With a tradition of building strong links with private businesses, partnerships and the public sector, our graduates enjoy some of the highest rates of employment and starting salaries in the UK. https://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/support/careers

Our vibrant campus, and location right on the edge of the city of Bath, provide superb sporting, social and cultural opportunities, and was named The Times and Sunday Times Best Campus University 2014.

Our students are happy here - we've been voted top for student satisfaction for two years in a row.

Join our close-knit, high-achieving community to gain the knowledge, skills and experience you'll need to thrive in a world of global networks https://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg

Masters courses and research degrees

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

Ranking 12th in the research quality ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions, we carry out research that makes a difference to society - from developing new drugs to cure breast cancer, working with Ford to develop fuel-efficient engines, to the Queen's Anniversary Prizewinning research into child poverty.

Postgraduate students benefit from:

  • Excellent teaching and research facilities, including purpose built laboratories.
  • Supported for your research from internationally recognised supervisors.
  • Opportunities to enhance your employability via targeted skills training or, for selected programmes, work placements.
  • Access our state-of-the-art library, open 24/7, working around your studying schedule https://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/studentlife/library
  • Funding is available in many different forms, from studentships offered by our departments and scholarships to career development loans. As of this year, we are also offering over 90 bursaries for students on taught Masters courses starting in September 2015 (£10,000 each) https://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/pgt-bursaries

The campus

The University's purpose built campus is set in attractive rural grounds overlooking the historic city of Bath. The campus has all the local amenities you could ask for including lecture halls, library, shops, banks and a post office are on campus, just a five minute walk from your accommodation. https://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/accommodation

We have invested over £100 million in our campus on new student accommodation, new facilities for the arts, new academic buildings and a new Olympic quality swimming pool situated in the stunning Sports Training Village, which is home to medal-winning Olympic athletes, and is open to students for elite and recreational sport.

The city

Bath is a cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage and is only one of three cities in the world to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

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.


International students

The University boasts a vibrant international student community. Over 100 nationalities are represented among our 3,500 international students.

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.

To learn more about the International Relations Office and their activities please refer to the information on the website: https://www.bath.ac.uk/study/international


Academic Units

  • The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Exeter is based at both the Streatham Campus in Exeter and Cornwall Campus near Falmouth. Both campuses provide exemploray teaching and research facilities.

    The College supports an interdisciplinary research environment and provides collaborative projects across the University and with industrial partners. Research is undertaken across our constituent subject specialisms: computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, mining and minerals engineering, physics and astronomy, and renewable energy.

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  • Our MPhil and PhD courses combine taught research training and applied research practice for a fully rounded student experience. You can choose between applying for a pre-defined research project and developing your own proposal. We offer a range of studentship and scholarship opportunities all year round.

    Collaborative research is at the heart of our joint Architecture & Civil Engineering Department. You will join us as a junior academic colleague and contribute to forward-thinking research in one of our interdisciplinary centres/units.

    - Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)
    - Building Research Establishment Centre for Innovative construction Materials (BRE CICM)
    - Centre for Engineering and the Design of Environments (EDEn)
    - Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR)

    You could also join our Centre for Doctoral Training in the Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb). The centre is endorsed by the EPSRC and offers students the chance to study on an innovative three-year doctoral programme that focuses on low-carbon technologies.

    We have a range of facilities to support you through your research degree. These include:

    - 24/7 library resource
    - dedicated postgraduate offices with computers
    - workshops with model making facilities
    - structural, soil, hydraulics, acoustics and timber laboratories
    - 4 East South, our new building with dedicated studio and research space

    Our department is dedicated to advancing research that deals with the challenges our built environment faces such as climate change, sustainability and low-carbon design. Our international impact was officially recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our research was ranked joint 1st in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment. 90% of our research activity was graded as either world leading or internationally excellent.

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  • The Department of Biology and Biochemistry is a dynamic and ambitious Department with 47 academic staff, 58 postdoctoral researchers, 81 graduate students and 54 support staff. The Department is one of the largest and most successful in the University and is firmly committed to excellence both in research and teaching. The Department has adopted an integrated approach embracing the view that tomorrow's breakthroughs are likely to occur at the interfaces of traditional biological subdivisions. It was recently placed 5th in a national league table for Biological Sciences, compiled by Times 2005. Current research grants are valued at over £16 million, the Department scored a top grade 5 in both the 1996 and the 2001 national Research Assessment Exercises and a maximum of 24 points in the 1999 national Teaching Quality Assurance review. The department is an EU Marie Curie Training Site for the Postgenomic Analysis of Microbial Virulence and an EU Marie Curie Training Site for Early Stage Researchers in Regenerative Medicine.

    The Department currently has a number of three and four year BBSRC standard research and CASE studentships. A limited number of these studentships may qualify for a targeted stipend enhancement of £2000pa. There are also a number of University studentships available. The Department also welcomes enquiries and applications from self-funded Overseas applicants. Further information on the research areas within the Department can be found at:

    If you identify a specific project, research area or an academic that they would be interested in working with, please contact the Department’s Postgraduate Administrator, Dr Emma Lawrence ([email protected]) for further information.

    The Department has a range of different PhD routes available, which allows the traditional PhD programme to be tailored to the needs of individual students. Available PhD routes are:

    • Traditional 3-year PhD
    • 4-year integrated PhD
    • 1 plus 3-year PhD
    • 4-year PhD.

    The Department is also part of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, which currently has a number of Marie Curie Visiting Fellow Scholarships available for EU and Overseas students. For further information on these scholarships, together with the PhD projects available, please see www.bath.ac.uk/crm/MCEST/index.html, or contact Dr Emma Lawrence ([email protected]).
    Deadline: imminent

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  • The department of Chemistry at Bath is a highly successful and expanding department. A new research building (opened in 2000) and teaching building (opened in 2003) plus state of the art laboratories and equipment make Bath a first choice for many people looking to pursue graduate studies in the general area of Chemistry in the U.K.

    Currently, there are 24 full time, fully research active members of staff. We are a young department – the average age of academic staff is just 37! Current there are over 60 postgraduate students, but this number is set to greatly expand in the coming years.

    Areas of specific expertise include: asymmetric synthesis, development of new chiral catalysts, electrochemistry, solar-cell research, biological chemistry, biophysical chemistry, polymers, X-ray crystallography, chemical education research to name but a few key areas.

    There are generally more than 16 postgraduate studentships available per year for students wishing to pursue Ph.D. degrees. It should also be noted that strong collaborative links exists between other departments in the University (including Biology and Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemical Engineering) and other academic intuitions world-wide.

    We are always on the look out for bright, highly motivated students to do research at Bath.

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  • The Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath has the highest quality staff and students engaged in leading edge research, teaching and learning. Computer Science has been consistently ranked in the top-ten departments in the UK since its establishment.

    The Department has strong links with other departments in the University in both its research and teaching. These links stretch across all faculties, Science, Engineering, Humanities, and the Schools of Management and Health. Collaborations involve us with staff in many departments, such as Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Health, Biology, Architecture, and Social Policy.

    The Department of Computer Science at Bath University was created in 2001 and has since trebled in terms of both staff numbers and research volume.

    The interdisciplinary nature of the Department's research is reflected in the vibrant academic and research staff community. Staff have backgrounds which include Computing, Engineering, Mathematics and Psychology and many are active in a number of collaborative research centres such as the Media Technology Research Centre and the EPSRC-funded Centre for Digital Entertainment. Involvement with industry at both regional and international levels is high. Regionally, we have close links with HP Laboratories, BAe Systems, Airbus, Vodafone and Toshiba Researchs labs. These collaborations benefit both our research and teaching activities, providing opportunities for research, seminars, student projects and placements, graduate and postgraduate employment.

    The Department of Computer Science at Bath supports a range of theoretical and applied computer science research. The main research interests are grouped under three themes: Human Computer Interaction, Mathematical Foundations, and Media Technology. Cutting across these themes is a body of research in the area of Artificial Intelligence.

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  • The Department of Mathematical Sciences is an integrated department, whose work in the three areas of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics has an international reputation. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, Applied Mathematics was rated 5* with Pure Mathematics and Statistics rated 5. The Department was placed 8th for Mathematics and Statistics in the ‘Good University Guide’ published by The Times (2007), with the University placed 9th overall. We were one of only two departments in the country to achieve the top score of 24/24 in the Teaching Quality Assessment.

    Staff in all three areas are involved in a very wide range of national and international research activities and several members of the Department have won prestigious prizes, medals and research fellowships for their work.

    All parts of the Department welcome research students (both full-time and part-time) working towards the degrees of PhD, Integrated PhD and MPhil. With 18 Professors and 30 other academic staff, a wide range of research topics can be supported in depth and students with a good honours degree, or equivalent, will find much to enrich their scientific interests. Research in the Department covers a wide spectrum from the very pure to rather more applied aspects of Mathematics and Statistics. Some research is of a fundamental theoretical nature while much of the more applied work involves collaboration with other departments in the University, with industry and technology, and with government research departments. Each of the research groups within the Department runs regular seminar programmes.

    A major new complex systems initiative started in 2005.

    Main areas of research specialisms: Algebra and Geometry, Analysis, Control Theory, Differential Equations, Industrial Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology, Numerical Analysis, Solid Mechanics, Brownian Motion, Stochastic Processes, Mathematical Finance, Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Environmental Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Computational Statistics, Bayesian Modelling.

    Facilities and equipment: A comprehensive network of around 300 computers.

    International and industrial links: The Department has many close links with industry, especially through the Industrial Applied Mathematics group. We have joint research projects or other links with with mathematicians in Canada, the USA, Japan, most European countries and several others worldwide.

    Careers information: Recent PhD graduates have been in demand for academic posts, both in the UK and overseas, as well as for posts in industry.

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  • Our MPhil and PhD courses combine taught research training and applied research practice for a fully rounded student experience. You can choose to apply for a pre-defined research project or develop your own proposal. We encourage a wide range of interests and our academic staff are open to new ideas in their existing areas of research expertise. We offer a range of studentship and scholarship opportunities all year round.

    You will join us as a junior academic colleague and contribute to forward-thinking research in one of our interdisciplinary centres/units.

    Much of our research is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. We cover the broad areas of design and manufacturing, machine systems, solid mechanics and materials, and thermofluids. We carry out advanced and innovative research in:

    - Sustainable energy and the environment
    - Aerodynamics and aerospace systems
    - Composite and smart materials
    - Advanced manufacturing and metrology
    - Biomechanics of artificial joints
    - Robotics and system dynamics
    - Advanced vehicle powertrains

    We are dedicated to working with industry to find solutions to problems that affect all areas of society. Our research impact was officially recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 89% of our research was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent, placing us 10th in the UK for our submission to the Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering.

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  • The Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is engaged in research of exceptional international standing.
    In the 2014 Research Assessment Framework we had 91% of our research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent, Our approach to drug discovery and translational science is attested to by the outstanding rating for the environment with 100% scored as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of vitality and sustainability.
    Our internationally recognised expertise in translational pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences interfaces with clinical research in psychology and health.

    We provide a broad platform for cutting-edge research and is committed to maintaining its position of international excellence. The Department is organised into four groups: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics and Clinical Pharmacy/Pharmacy Practice. This structure allows for focussed as well as interdisciplinary research within the Department as well as collaborative projects with the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare providers. Postgraduates have the opportunity to work on projects ranging from fundamental aspects of drug discovery, action and development to applied areas that are closer to healthcare delivery. Currently, there are more than 50 research postgraduates and 40 post-doctoral research officers working in the Department.

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  • Physics at the University of Bath is a top-ranked UK research department offering scientific programmes leading to PhD in the following fields:
    • Astrophysics: Advanced ground and space-based technology is exploited to collect cosmic signals from distant objects and use this information to study the structure, dynamics and evolution of galaxies, the physics of star formation, the role of black holes in galactic evolution, accretion (how matter comes together in space) and the role of cosmic magnetic fields in harnessing the energy of spinning black holes.
    • Nanoscience: Innovative atomic-scale characterisation tools are used for the manipulation and design of novel functional materials on the nanoscale. Techniques embrace low temperature UHV scanning probe microscopy, x-ray synchrotron and neutron scattering, while facilities include the Graphene Centre and the David Bullett Nanofabrication Laboratory. Research encompasses the structural, transport, magnetic and superconducting properties of condensed matter at the nanoscale, including the interaction between electrons and photons in semiconductor and metallic systems.
    • Photonics: The Centre for Photonics & Photonic Materials (CPPM) leads a major international effort in the field of linear and nonlinear photonics and optoelectronics, particularly in the context of novel and microstructured fibres. It benefits from an outstanding international reputation for its work on the optics of micro-structured materials, in particular the photonic crystal fibre (PCF) which was pioneered in Bath.
    • Theoretical and Computational Physics: Computational and theoretical methods are being spearheaded to bridge the behaviour of complex systems on multiple length and time scales. Many projects benefit from access to Balena, the University’s high performance computing cluster with over 3000 CPU cores. Research spans the condensed matter/optical physics spectrum and embraces the electronic and nanoscale properties of surfaces, photonic crystals, nanomagnetism, charge transport in optoelectronic devices, soft matter and biophysics, and network theory as applied to animal behaviour.

    The Department also hosts or is a partner in 4 research centres:
    Centre for Photonics & Photonic Materials
    Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
    Centre for Space, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
    Centre for Networks & Collective Behaviour

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  • The Bristol Physics Department is one of the leading Physics institutes in the United Kingdom with a growing international reputation in a wide range of research areas, including astrophysics, correlated electron systems, micro- and nanostructural materials, nanophysics and soft matter, particle physics and theoretical physics. The Department has approximately 100 teaching and research staff; a number that ensures a vibrant yet friendly atmosphere for all its members.

    The 5A-rated Department is currently undergoing a major £44M investment programme designed to create a smart state-of-the-art research environment for both students and staff alike. This refurbishment will include an upgrade of all existing infrastructure as well as the construction of new facilities, such as a fully equipped clean room and a new materials laboratory. These exciting developments are in addition to several other major projects recently completed within the Department, such as the new £7M high performance computing centre, an e-Science access grid and a new £12M centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information. In brief, the Department has a bright future, a clear vision and a strong desire to carry out cutting-edge science across all major fields of Physics.

    The Graduate School is an integral part of the Department and is responsible for providing students with a wide range of training in both academic and more generic skills. The School also co-ordinates an annual postgraduate conference in addition to several Away Days for the individual research groups that prove immensely popular amongst the students.

    The Department takes in around 20 new PhD students per year and welcomes applications at any time. Funding is currently available through EPSRC DTA and STFC studentships, as well as through studentships available on individual research grants. The Department also welcomes applications from non-EC students seeking funding through University of Bristol Overseas Centenary Postgraduate Research Scholarships and Dorothy Hodgkin studentships. We also welcome many home government funded overseas scholarship students and we provide a dedicated travel budget for the use of such students to travel to conferences etc. Further details of current research areas can be found on the departmental website.

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  • The Department of Psychology has a distinctive research profile with a cutting edge approach to theory, methodology and application. We came into formal existence in 1997 when the University was re-organised into faculties - prior to that we had a flourishing undergraduate and postgraduate programme within the School of Social Sciences.

    All academic staff in the Department are actively engaged in research and publication. We have a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and collaborate with other departments in the University of Bath, local and national institutions, and international networks. The Department has doubled in size over the last five years and we now have 30 students undertaking postgraduate research. Twenty academic staff are augmented by various researchers and research fellows.

    Bath is one of the ten best places to study in the United Kingdom. We have an excellent tradition of obtaining funds from the UK's various research councils and charities and we have strong links with various industrial partners and European agencies. Other sources of income reflect our ties with the various education and health authorities, the Home Office and charities.

    Some of the research grants our staff have obtained include:
    £200,000 from Mistra (Swedish Charity) to Prof. Alan Lewis as part of a 21 million SEK (approx £1.5 million) award for “Behavioural Impediments to Sustainable Investment” in collaboration with Evert Carlsson, Anders Biel, Tommy Garling and Catalin Starica (University of Goteborg),
    £3,448,000 from the DTI and the EPSRC to Dr Danae Stanton Fraser for "Pervasive Computing for Mass Participation in Environmental Monitoring". In collaboration with the University of Nottingham, BT, Microsoft, BBC, Blast Theory, ScienceScope,
    £45,000 from the ESRC to Dr Mark Brosnan, Dr Danae Stanton Fraser & John Trickett (Setpoint) for "Factors affecting success upon a science/engineering project (Lego Challenge)",
    £176,000 from the EPSRC) to Dr Mark Brosnan for "Chaos and Pattern: adventures in Science & Engineering",
    £1,191,435 from the EPSRC and £369,245 from industry to Dr Danae Stanton Fraser for the CITYWARE project under the WINES Programme (Wired and Wireless Intelligent Networked Systems). Partners include Computer Science (lead) and Psychology at the University of Bath, Imperial, Bartlett Institute, Vodaphone and IBM.

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  • The Department of Social & Policy Sciences is an internationally-recognised research-intensive Department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social well-being and social justice. We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics and Health. The Department has approximately 40 Mphil/PhD research students in Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Work.

    Research at the Centre for Development Studies

    Bath has been a leading UK centre for research and postgraduate study in development studies for more than thirty years. It aims to contribute to combating global poverty and injustice by combining primary research into the reality of global poverty and inequality with critical engagement in development practice and policy making. It includes staff in economics, sociology, social anthropology, politics and human geography.
    Four guiding principles are
    • to link theory with practice, and research with action
    • to understand processes as well as outcomes of change
    • to relate local, national and international levels of analysis
    • to promote interdisciplinary research that builds on strong disciplinary foundations

    CDS is concerned with development in an interconnected world, with ongoing research activities in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia. Themes include: poverty and policy; wellbeing and collective action; markets and microfinance; gender, youth and childhood; religion and identity; conflict and natural resources. We have around 30 MPhil/PhD students in International Development. For a list of current students and projects, see http://www.bath.ac.uk/soc-pol/postgraduate/phd/phd-list.html. For further information on current projects see http://www.bath.ac.uk/cds/research/projects-activities.html.

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  • Our Graduate School offers a diverse range of postgraduate taught and research programmes to students intending to study at the University of Bath.

    We have more than 1,600 students currently studying as part of the Graduate School.

    We are also part of two leading UK Research Council funded Doctoral Training Centres/Partnerships:

    - The ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC), one of the UK’s largest units of postgraduate research training for social sciences that has been established in collaboration with the Universities of Bristol and Exeter

    - The AHRC-funded South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP), a collaboration between eight leading UK Research Universities and a number of prestige organisations representing the arts, heritage, media and government sectors.

    When you join our Graduate School you will be welcomed into a diverse academic community. We will ensure that your time with us exposes you to, and gives you the opportunity to contribute to, the breadth and richness of our socially significant work.

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