Rankings and reputation

According to the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) our students have an overall satisfaction rate of 90% - four points above the national average for higher education institutions.

Our Chemistry, Physics and Psychology departments scored 95% or higher for student satisfaction. 11 of our courses received a full 100% satisfaction rate.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2015 also ranked us as the top university in the UK for student satisfaction. Our students highlighted our excellent academic, sports and social facilities, good community atmosphere, safe campus and strong connections with industry.

Our research is classified as world-leading

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The results of REF 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

32% of our submitted research activity achieved the highest possible REF classification of 4*, defined as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 87% was graded 4*/3*, defined as world-leading/internationally excellent.

See a detailed breakdown of our REF results.

Our alumni are in the top ten for graduate earnings

Our courses are designed to provide real world skills and develop highly sought-after graduates.

We are ranked 5th for graduate employment after six months in the The Guardian University Guide 2017 where we rank 10th in the overall rankings for UK universities. 

Our alumni can expect above average graduate salaries, placing us within the top ten universities for graduate earnings.

86% of our employed UK full-time first degree graduates are in the top three occupational groups compared with 71% of employed graduates nationally.

Over 60% of our undergraduates undertake an industrial or business placement. This translates to improved prospects after graduation.