A world-class University in a World Heritage city
At the University of Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research, a superb student experience and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace. We are a top ten UK university (Guardian University Guide 2019), ranked fourth in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018 and were awarded Gold in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework.
Doctoral researchers who join us enjoy a diverse, research-intensive environment with a strong interdisciplinary ethos. They have the opportunity to work with academics and researchers of international reputation, known for the originality and significance of their work.
Join our growing Doctoral College community and your network will include students from around the world, studying across a range of programmes including PhDs and integrated PhDs, MPhils and professional doctorates. Around a third are studying part time, some combine research and a career, many are based on campus and others are in professional organisations.
You will share ideas and best practice, attend seminars and conferences and explore thinking at the forefront of your discipline. You will gain access to resources and archives at four leading research institutions through our GW4 Alliance. And you will benefit from a Professional Development programme that will give you the tools to support your research, and give you a head-start in your chosen career.
Meet our Doctoral College community
Bath is a wonderful place to live and study or use as a study base. It 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.
Watch His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, Chancellor of Bath explain why Bath is such a special place to be a student or academic.
Our purpose built campus is set in rural grounds overlooking the historic city of Bath. In addition to new academic buildings and new postgraduate accommodation, students also benefit from investment in the arts and sport which has seen us named Sports University of the Year (The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).
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About University of Bath
At Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research; a superb student experience; and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace. Bath is a top ten UK university (Guardian University Guide 2019), ranked fourth in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018 and awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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 or international excellent (according to REF 2014) 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 - we were one of the first universities in the country to win a national police approved security award.
Named Sports University of the Year 2018 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
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.
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 (non specialised), 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
- • Funding is available in many different forms, from studentships offered by our departments and scholarships to career development loans. Over 90 bursaries are available for students on taught Masters courses (£10,000 each).
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 library, shops, banks and a post office just a five minute walk from your 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.
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.
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.
Learn more about support available to International students.
We hold Virtual Open Days several times a year to help prospective students experience the University without coming to campus.
If you're considering taught postgraduate study or doctoral research, you can log in and join chats with members of staff and students.