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Study a graduate program in Bath

Population: 84,000

City overview

Bath is a spa town in South West England that offers some great postgraduate courses alongside its traditional tourism industry.

The city of Bath is famous for its spas, baths and hot springs which were first established by the Romans and now bring in tourist by the thousands each year. The city was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987 and you can see all the significant stages of English history in the city, from the Roman Baths to Bath Abbey and Royal Crescent.

Whether you are a party animal, a researchaholic or an international student, Bath is the perfect place to study your postgraduate course.

Education profile

Bath is home to two universities offering postgraduate courses: The University of Bath was named university of the year by the Sunday Times in 2011 and is famous for its studies in physical sciences, mathematics, architecture and technology.

Bath Spa University is a new university which was first given degree awarding status in 1992 before becoming a full blown university in 2005.
You can also study graduate programs in Bath at the City of Bath College and at specialist childcare training centre Norland College.   
            
Research and taught courses are both offered as graduate programs in Bath, with hundreds of postgraduate courses on offer at both universities. Both types of Masters normally take 1-2 years to complete, with PhD programs taking 3-4 years full time or six years part-time.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate program in the UK providing they fulfil the following:
  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in the UK for its duration
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. They will need to demonstrate the following:
  • Proof of funding to cover a postgraduate course and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills
You can find out more about visas at the UK Border Agency.

Life in Bath

Bath is a great place to study a postgraduate course. It’s student friendly, has a lively cultural scene with plenty of festivals, concerts and exhibitions and has the beautiful Cotswolds countryside on its doorstep.

More than one in eight residents of Bath are students, so the city centre has plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs catering to students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University. If culture is more your thing, then Bath has plenty to offer with museums as different as the Herschel Museum of Astronomy (a tribute to the man who discovered Uranus) to the Jane Austen Centre.

As Bath is such a small city, it sometimes struggle to cope with the traffic and weight of tourists entering the city. You should make sure any accommodation you choose for your graduate program in Bath is on a good transport route.

Working in Bath

Non-EU international students wanting to stay on to work in Bath after their studies will need to apply for a work visa. You can find out more about the various visa options through the UK Border Agency.

As a centre of tourism, job opportunities in Bath tend to focus around the service industries, such as restaurants, cafes and independent retailers. However the city also boasts strong software and publishing industries, being the home of major companies such as Future Publishing. It also has a strong civil service sector, with the National Health Service and the Ministry of Defence being major employers. 

Accommodation

Although both universities offer postgraduate students places in halls or residence, many students in Bath opt to go into private housing. Popular areas for students include Oldfield Park, Newbridge and Weston but most students want to live in the centre of Bath.

Private housing in Bath usually means signing up to a contract on a property for a minimum of six months. You should expect to pay an average monthly rent of around £300.

Weather and climate

Bath has a relatively temperate climate but is generally wetter and cooler than the rest of the UK. Expect the summer months of June, July and August to be the warmest with temperatures of 20C plus. The coldest winter months will be between December and February, where it is not unusual for the temperature to regularly drop below 0C.

What to do next

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