Pre-arrival Information

SPAIS Welcome Week


Faculty of Social Sciences and Law office will email all students who have accepted their offer (via the online application system) with a registration pack containing information about registration and other important matters that you will need to deal with before you arrive, including individual course Welcome Week Timetables.  If your registration pack has not arrived by the middle of August, you can also access the documents here: 

Seminar Timetable:

Timetables for the first teaching block seminars are normally available a couple of days after registration.  You can check online via MyBristol after you have registered. Your first teaching day will be on the Monday after Welcome Week.  This is the compulsory start date for teaching.  We expect you to be here for your registration and available every day for teaching from then on. 

Before you arrive:

For International students that need a CAS and Tier 4 Visa - you should check the International Office for guidance on the process.


The School recommends the below titles for anyone new to the subject areas of Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Development Studies and East Asian studies as general background reading for anyone who would like to read up on their subject area before starting the programme. This is NOT compulsory reading and is NOT expected of students, but might give you an insight into the topics before you start your study here should you wish.

 For general background on international relations (including international security): 

  • John Baylis, Steve Smith & Patricia Owens (eds.) The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010. 
  • Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki & Steve Smith (eds.) International Relations Theories. Discipline and Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 
  • Alan Collins (ed.) Contemporary Security Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

 For general background on Sociology:

  • Gregor McLennan, The Story of Sociology. London: Bloomsbury, 2011. 

 For general background on development studies:

  • Colin Leys, The Rise and Fall of Development Theory. London: James Currey, 1996. 

 For background on international political economy:

  • Joseph Stiglitz, Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy. London: Allen Lane, 2011. 

 For background on East Asian Studies and Development:

  • Chang Ha-Joon, The East Asian Development Experience: The Miracle, the Crisis and the Future. London: Zed Books, 2007. 


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