You are joining a community of 86 students over the 5 years, and your membership to the AAPS Community isn’t just during the MRes year. You continue to be an AAPS student through your 4 years of study. You will be supported throughout the programme from the moment you accept your offer with us.
Right from applying to AAPS, you will be supported by the management team and current students.
The management team will assist with your application queries and organisation around interview preparation and offer support and guidance where necessary. On the interview day itself, you will meet with a range of current students, and you will also have the opportunity to meet with academics involved in AAPS.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be welcomed into the AAPS student cohort. We will assign you a peer mentor from the current cohort and you will be invited to all our events and activities before starting in September so you can hit the ground running.
As soon as you have accepted your offer with us you are are welcomed into the AAPS community, and you will be supported throughout the rest of the programme.
We hold welcome events in the summer prior to your start, where you can meet your peer mentor, spend some time at the University and meet the rest of the AAPS community.
Shortly after you have accepted your offer we also provide some helpful tips to help you find accommodation in Bath for your studies.
During induction week, AAPS students will have a bespoke induction week timetable, including social and academic events. This timetable is a full week timetable to fully immerse you into the programme and the AAPS community.
AAPS has a central hub located in the department of mechanical engineering. During the first year of study you will be based at this hub as you undertake the MRes programme The hub will be your primary place of work and you will undertake most of your training here, as well as have use of the room as an office space. Once you transfer to the PhD phase in year 2, you will be provided with a new primary working location within the department hosting the PhD.
Most of our PhD students are also located in the same building as the hub and there is a vibrant community you can be part of. Our students run weekly research seminars, coffee catch ups, quiz teams and sports teams. AAPS also organises social activities through the year such as away days, Christmas parties and summer socials.
You continue to be an AAPS CDT student through your 4 years of study, whether you stay in Mechanical Engineering or move into another Department.
The CDT runs a peer mentoring scheme that extends to all students on the programme. Peer mentors are current AAPS students who can provide you with a friendly face, reflections on their own experiences and some department specific knowledge.
After you have accepted your offer with us, you will be assigned a peer mentor ready for your first year in AAPS. They will act as a point of contact before you arrive here Bath, and this relationship will continue through your first year with you meeting them 1-1 at least once per semester.
You'll begin your own journey as a peer mentor to incoming students in your second year.
One of the core aims of the CDT is to train a new breed of T-shaped people with a combined depth and breadth of knowledge and skills.
Opportunities to gain wider experience
As a Doctoral Training Centre we can give you numerous opportunities to amplify your research at the University and within the wider academic and industry community. This includes:
We also encourage our students to go out create their own ventures and offer routes for funding on a case by case basis
During years 2-4 you may be eligible to participate in paid teaching activities, including tutorial classes and laboratory demonstrator/support.
There are lots of places to go for information and support during your time in AAPS. The most important people will be the other AAPS Students and the AAPS management team.
There are many support mechanisms that are available to you within the AAPS CDT which we encourage you to engage with on a regular basis in order to provide you with the information, advice, guidance and opportunities to discuss your situation and perspectives on a regular basis. We aspire to create a supportive environment where everyone can thrive and become the best you can be.
The Doctoral College runs across the University aiming to support and enrich the experience of doctoral research as well as developing policy and strategy relevant to doctoral study. The Doctoral College will support you throughout your time as a PhD student at Bath and will ensure all milestones are met.
The Student Services Centre is the first point of contact for a range of information and support services to help you. They offer students support and guidance, including counselling and mental health, disability support, money management and international student advice.