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Postgraduate applicants – Bath Spa University
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Postgraduate Applicants

Your steps to starting at Bath Spa

Step 1: Search our courses

Take a look at our courses and choose which Master’s course is right for you from a variety of in-person and distance learning options.

Step 2: Consider your options - make a visit

There are plenty of opportunities to visit us. Why not book a campus tour (see below) or try one of our Open Days?

Step 3: Gather your documents and/or prepare a portfolio

Be ready to upload any documents you may need to support your application, for example; qualification certificates, an academic or professional reference, English language certificates, visa information and a portfolio (if required). Please check individual course pages for portfolio information.

Step 4: Make an application

Apply now through our dedicated course pages and submit your application. Our courses have limited places and will close as soon as they are full so we recommend applying in good time.

Step 5: Check your emails!

We may need to contact you to request additional information or invite you to an interview so please make sure you regularly check your emails.

Step 6: Application decision

Once you have received a decision on your application please let us know if you wish to take up the place within 8 weeks. If you require an extension, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team.

Step 7: Preparing to come to Bath Spa

We will send you everything you need to know about coming to Bath Spa before your arrival. Information regarding finance, accommodation and student wellbeing can also be found on our website (see below for useful links).

"You will grow and develop skills with your tutors, your peers and friends alongside you."

- Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor

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Interviews and auditions

If your course requires an interview or audition, our Admissions team will contact you to make arrangements. Check your course page for more details.

Mature students

Returning to education after a break from studying can be daunting, but we're here to help. Find out about our provisions for Mature Students and get in touch.

Distance Learning courses

Some of our courses can be taken from the comfort of your own home, giving you flexibility and options around your commitments.

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Book a Talk + Tour

These 90-minute events start with a presentation from a staff member on the people and places that make Bath Spa unique.

"Bath Spa is more than just a university or a campus; it is a community of open-minded intellectual people who are striving to make the world a better place" 

- Poppy Colbourne, MSc Psychology in Practice (Neuropsychology)

Finance and funding

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Funding for postgraduate students

Make studying with us your reality. Find out more about how you can finance your studies.

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The Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship

Bath Spa University alumni/graduates progressing to a Taught Master’s in the 2023/24 academic year could be eligible to receive £2,000 towards the cost of tuition fees.

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Your Money Matters guide

Use this guide to help you understand the financial support available to postgraduate students, as well as other useful tips to help you manage your money.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Questions about finance, or wondering about scholarship opportunities?

Student Wellbeing

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Wellbeing services

Our Student Wellbeing Services are on hand from the moment you arrive at Bath Spa and offer support in person and online.

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Care dogs

Take some time to relax and have a break from studying to chill out with our accredited care dogs who can’t wait to meet you!

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Accessibility and disability

We provide confidential information, guidance, and practical support to students with a disability or specific learning difference.

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24/7 digital resources

We work with external partners to provide students with free access to a range of 24/7 digital platforms and services.

Student life

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Life in Bath

Bath is a beautiful and vibrant city with a rich artistic, creative and cultural scene. Student Ambassador Charley shares her favourite places to visit in Bath.

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Students' Union

The Students' Union is there to represent all students and the student voice. There is a wide variety of societies and clubs for students to join.

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From medieval castles to cutting-edge art and design facilities, our campuses balance history and modernity.

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Welll-stocked libraries, modern laboratories, cutting-edge art and design studios and our own TV studios...

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Our Climate Pledge

We're committed to making Bath Spa a green university and encouraging the local community to look after the environment.

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Whatever your aspirations or stage of your career, we can support you with informatoin about jobs, placements, part-time work, enterprise support and more.

"The course continuously inspired me, boosted my existing skills, taught me many new ones, and gave me tremendous confidence going forward as a songwriter.


Although studying through distance learning, I still very much felt part of a group of like-minded university students, taking the journey together and learning a great deal from each other." 

- Mike Flaherty, MA Songwriting (Distance Learning)

Postgrad FAQs

Can I still apply for a postgraduate course if I don’t hold a bachelor’s degree?

We will still consider your application if you do not hold a BA/BSc degree or equivalent as long as you have a minimum of two years relevant experience in that sector. Please check our Accreditation of Experiential Learning policy for more information.

How quickly will I get a decision on my application?

This varies from course to course, however we hope to have a decision for you within 4-6 weeks of applications being received.

How do I apply?

You can apply directly for all our postgraduate courses on our website. Make sure to check your chosen course page for more information and specific instructions. If you’re unsure and would like to discuss this further please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Admissions team.

Can I defer my application?

In most cases you can defer your application to the next academic year. To request a deferral, please email

When do I need to decide?

We ask that you let us know within 8 weeks if you would like to take up our offer. If you require an extension please contact our Admissions team to let us know.

Can I apply again if I am unsuccessful?

Some of our courses are very popular and unfortunately we’re unable to offer places to everyone. We’re unable to accept applications for the same academic year but we hope that you will consider applying to us again in the future.

Can I visit campus?

Applicants can book a guided or virtual tour of our campuses online.

What Scholarships and Bursaries are available?

Find out more about the funding options available to postgraduate students.

Useful links and contacts

Remember, if you can't find what you're looking for, just use the search function at the top right of your screen.

Relevant policies

Policies relevant to students are located in the Policies section of our website under the policy theme 'Academic and Student'. There you'll find detailed documentation such as:

Reading these policies before you arrive will ensure that you're aware of your rights and also our expectations. 

Visit the Policies section.


Student Fees

Tuition fees, tuition loans, sponsorship and accommodation payment queries:

Student Funding

Funding, bursaries and scholarships, and international funding:

Student Payments

How to pay fees, instalment dates, payment options and how to update card details:

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