Universities in the south west of England offer some of the best postgrad courses and locations.
Bath is a stunningly beautiful city famous for its Roman baths and Georgian buildings. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums and attractions including amazing shops, Jane Austen Centre and Thermae Bath Spa.
There is a lot more to Bath than fancy shops and fine architecture. This compact city also has a wealth of cultural attractions, bars, festivals and clubs to suit every taste. The city also offers easy access to the idyllic, rural West Country.
University of Bath
The university is primarily based at the Claverton Campus, a World Heritage Site which is 1 mile from the city centre. The campus buildings are set in landscaped grounds, alongside a wide range of convenient on-site leisure, social and commercial facilities. The campus is also one of the safest in the UK and has been recognised with a national police security award.
The university boasts extremely high teaching standards which are evidenced by professional body accreditation, national subject reviews and graduate employment profiles.
Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University prides itself on being one of the UK’s new ‘teaching led’ universities. It has two main campuses: Newton Park (all subjects except art and design) and Sion Hill (Bath School of Art and Design), located just outside the city of Bath, with good bus links to the city.
Most courses are taught as part of a flexible modular scheme, allowing students a good deal of choice. Joint degrees are a popular choice and several subjects can be studied as part of a Combined Award. The university’s academic strengths include: Art & Design, Education, Science, Society & Management, Humanities & Cultural Industries and Music & Performing Arts.
Of course Oxford is a location that many students dream about being able to study in. It is after all the home of one of the world’s most prestigious and famous universities. However, if you are not fortunate enough to study at the renowned university you can still study in Oxford and Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire offers beautiful surroundings, including exquisite architecture, bustling market towns and its ancient university. I’m sure every reader can immediately conjure a picture of being in such a romantic place; sitting by the river and drinking a beer or walking along narrow alleyways and cobbled streets.
It may surprise you to know that Oxford has a lot more to offer, including theatres, music venues, a diverse range of pubs and a number of art galleries.
With campuses surrounding the city centre, Oxford Brookes is a fantastic choice for any postgraduate student looking to study in the UK. Its academic strengths include: Architecture, Law, Business, History, English, Education, Health and Social Work, Psychology and Automotive/Motorsport Engineering. The Department of Architecture was rated as top department outside London (The Architects’ Journal). The university offers very high teaching standards; in fact, in the Student Satisfaction Survey (2010), 90% agreed that ‘staff are good at explaining things’.
Oxford Brookes has also won five National Teaching Fellowship awards in the last two years. The university has pioneered the modular system and still offers one of the widest ranges of course combinations in the UK.
Bristol is a diverse, culturally rich and beautiful city. It offers all of the facilities and attractions of a larger city but is small enough to have a community feel. Bristol is truly unique. As the home of Banksy and the birthplace and trip hop, Bristol is vibrant and exciting. It has heritage in abundance as well; from Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the world’s first oceanliner, through to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
Bristol is the cultural centre of the West of England and arguably the best place to live in the UK. In fact, a OnePoll survey, released in 2009, revealed Bristol as the best place to live in England. It followed a survey of 5,000 people which looked at a range of factors, including quality of life, friendliness and pay.
University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is based in the attractive Clifton area of the city and has a number of distinctive red brick buildings (and its regarded as a ‘red brick’ university). The university is well respected for its contribution to research and it is a member of the Russell Group of research universities.
The University of Bristol has over 18,000 students of which around 5,000 are postgraduates. The number of people applying to study in the university significantly outnumbers the places available and therefore the university is in a good position to demand high entry requirements.
University of the West of England (UWE)
The University of the West of England (or simple known as UWE is based approximately 5 miles north of Bristol in the Frenchay area. The university has other facilities in other parts of the city and beyond including Bath and Swindon. The University of the West of England received its royal charter in 1992 and was therefore able to classify itself as a university from its previous polytechnic status (Bristol Polytechnic). However UWE’s origins date back to 1598 (the Merchant Venturers’ Navigation School).
The University of West of England has nearly 30,000 students making it the larger of the 2 universities in Bristol.
Unlike our other towns, Reading is not generally considered a location for tourists. Students will, however, be pleasantly surprised by what this town has to offer and its fantastic university. Reading is a leading shopping destination and a hub for successful international companies at the heart of the Thames Valley. It is a prosperous town and has one of the highest concentrations of IT firms, confirming its status as Europe’s ‘Silicon Valley’. Thirteen of the world’s top 30 global brands, such as Vodafone, Prudential, Microsoft and Cisco are all based locally.
Reading is also steeped in history with the ruins of Reading Abbey, a medieval monastery. It also has vibrant nightlife encompassing an eclectic mix of rock and dance nights, global music, salsa dancing and comedy nights.
The University of Reading
Reading has a beautiful campus called Whitenights set in 160 hectares of meadowland and parkland. There is a good mix of home and overseas students, with students from over 125 different countries. Students can choose from a broad portfolio of full- and part-time programmes that is continually updated and expanded. Students also have the flexibility to combine courses or change the direction of your studies. The university has a strong reputation for its research based courses with academic strengths in agriculture, biological and physical sciences, meteorology, European histories and cultures