About Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University is a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through innovative teaching we provide a high quality student experience. Based in a world heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, we ensure that our graduates are socially engaged citizens.
At Bath Spa University we believe in thinking differently. Whether looking to improve your career prospects with a postgraduate qualification or exploring a subject for personal enjoyment, we can offer you high quality master's courses and research supervision from committed staff, in a unique and supportive environment.
1. Excellent reputation
We can trace our history back over 160 years to the original Bath School of Art, and our first trainee teachers trained here over 60 years ago. Our PGCE programmes, for example, have been considered 'outstanding' by the quality regulator Ofsted. The University prides itself on being modern and progressive and builds on a long history of tradition and success in higher education.
2. Innovative teaching
Our staff care about their students and are accessible, supportive and passionate about their subjects. They put a lot of effort into developing dynamic approaches to teaching and assessment and 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.
3. A great range of courses
Bath Spa’s wide range of postgraduate awards provide opportunities for advanced study, so you won’t just be great at it, you can master it. Courses are both academically challenging and vocationally relevant leading to the awards of graduate and postgraduate certificate; graduate and postgraduate diploma; and master’s degree 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. Bath Spa has particular research strengths in art and design, education, English, creative writing, history, study of religions, music, sociology, psychology and health studies.
4. Exciting career prospects
Our professional partnerships connect our students to a wide range of career pathways and employment opportunities relevant to their field of study. A postgraduate qualification will also enhance your career prospects – studies show that the majority of postgraduates earn more than undergraduates over their careers.
5. Strong caring ethos
Our caring ethos runs through everything we do. Our students rate their tutors and lecturers for the support and accessibility they deliver. Our student services offer advice on anything from finances to wellbeing, as well as offering disability support and so much more. Yet it doesn't end there. Our environmental policies care for our campus and make sure we minimise our impact on the environment. Bath Spa was the first university to gain the International Standard for Environmental Management (ISO14001). We’ve also achieved the Platinum Award under the national EcoCampus scheme and we’re ranked 33rd out of 145 universities in the People and Planet Green League 2013 in the ‘First Class’ award category.
6. Happy community
With about 7,000 students, Bath Spa is big enough to offer variety and diversity, yet small enough for a personal approach. Our community values creativity, culture and enterprise, with teachers who can be called on for help, guidance and support. It's happy and thriving, reinforced by all the services you might expect and more, with access to a network of student support services, as well as library and learning facilities. Our wide range of extra-curricular courses, clubs, activities and work-based opportunities and volunteering, make our community fulfilling, rewarding - and successful.
7. Superb campuses
Visitors and students are often amazed and inspired 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 blending sympathetically with historic buildings – providing an inspiring and safe study environment. There’s an opportunity to learn in a secure and well-maintained environment, where investment infrastructure reflects modern teaching styles and anticipates future needs. A major redevelopment of the Newton Park Campus was completed this year providing world-class facilities for students, whilst in-keeping with the stunning surroundings.
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8. Internationally connected
Our international partnerships are spreading across the globe. Our links with an array of businesses, organisations and institutions contribute significantly to the knowledge economy at home and abroad. So our graduates leave us as global citizens with ambition, drive and focus.
9. All minds welcome
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.
10. Safe and secure
We provide an environment that allows our students to concentrate on what matters most. So not only are we financially secure, we also have on-going capital investment plans. The world heritage city of Bath itself is renowned internationally, with an enviable reputation for being enjoyable and safe to live in. There is space here to think, create and move forward in a safe environment, and all within a city ranked as the top ‘safe student city’.
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