Bath Spa University
Whether you're looking to improve your career prospects with a postgraduate qualification or wish to explore a subject you feel passionately about for personal enjoyment, Bath Spa University promise you high quality master's courses and research supervision from committed staff, in a unique and supportive environment.
Why Bath Spa University?
Our research and scholarly activity is of direct benefit to students, underpinning the curriculum and improving the student experience.
A great range of courses
Bath Spa's wide range of postgraduate awards provide opportunities for advanced study that are both academically challenging and vocationally relevant. In addition there is a lively research environment at Bath Spa, with opportunities for supervised, original research leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD.
Visitors and students are often bowled over by our campuses. How many universities boast medieval buildings and their own parkland estate? There's a unique mix of the old and the new, with state-of-the-art modern facilities alongside historic buildings - providing an inspiring and safe study environment. Take a virtual tour and explore our stunning campuses.
Strong on environmental issues
Staff and students at Bath Spa share a strong environmental ethos - partly in response to our exceptionally beautiful campuses that we're looking after for future generations, but also to make sure that we minimise our impact on the environment. Bath Spa was the first university to gain the International Standard for Environmental Management (ISO14001) and has also achieved the Platinum Award under the national EcoCampus scheme.
A beautiful and unique city, with historic attractions, stunning architecture, and excellent shopping. There are 490,000 square metres of parkland in the city, over 130 bars and pubs and 412 places to eat! Bath also has a lively social scene, but is friendly, compact and a safe city. Third top city in the UK for safety and security - Complete University Guide 2009
Staff who care
Our staff care about their students. They are accessible, supportive and passionate about their subjects, and they put a lot of effort into developing dynamic approaches to teaching and assessment. They undertake what we call 'teaching-led research'. That means they're actively engaged in research and scholarship so that their professional and academic expertise is current, and often cutting edge - but the research is of direct benefit to you.
Small and friendly
With about 6,000 students Bath Spa is big enough to offer variety and diversity, yet small enough for a personal approach - there is space here to think, create and move forward. "Students like the 'small and friendly' atmosphere, which the university is anxious to retain" The Times Good University Guide 2010
Accessible to all
We have built our success on accessibility and equality of opportunity. The unique study and social environment we offer is a key factor in our distinctiveness - and in our popularity. Our students come from a range of backgrounds and cultures, from all parts of this country and from overseas, and with a variety of academic credentials.
We welcome students from across the globe to study here, and we have links with many universities abroad and are members of important international organisations.
A long history of success
We can trace our history back over 150 years, to the original Bath School of Art, and our first trainee teachers trained here over 60 years ago. So while the University is modern and progressive, it builds on a long history of tradition and success in higher education.
Taught Postgraduate Courses
There are a variety of options for postgraduate study across our five Schools of study, leading to the awards of Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master's degree (MA, MSc, MFA, MMus or MTeach).
School of Art and Design
School of Education
School of Humanities and Cultural Industries
School of Music and Performing Arts
School of Science, Society and Management
Bath Spa offers opportunities for supervised, original research leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD. There is a lively research environment in which to study and Bath Spa has particular strengths in art and design, education, English, creative writing, history, study of religions, music, sociology, psychology and health studies.
We have AHRC funded studentships covering tuition fees and student maintenance for our arts and humanities subjects: Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Investigating Fashion, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Writing for Young People, Scriptwriting, and Songwriting. In addition there are two studentships available for Literature and Landscape.
Deborah Feiler, MFA Fine Art
Nikita Lalwani, MA Creative Writing
Nikita's debut novel, Gifted, was included in the long list for the 2007 Man Booker Prize, the shortlist of the Costa first novel award, and won the 2008 Desmond Elliott prize for sparkling new fiction. Nikita's novel was conceived on the MA course, and a first draft was her manuscript submission.
Chris Turpin, MMus Songwriting
Current MMus Songwriting student, Chris Turpin, is a songwriter and musician published by Kassner Music Publishing, home to Ray Davies amongst others. Chris' band, Kill It Kid, are signed to One Little Indian Records and their eponymous debut album has been released to universal critical acclaim in the music press. Labelled 'an outstanding British record' by Clash magazine and 'Impressive stuff' by the NME who awarded it9/10 and 8/10 respectively, Chris' songs blend delta blues and roots to striking effect, producing blistering, unapologetic rock 'n' roll one moment and a smoky film-noir ambience the next.
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