Guides and rankings

Guide Year Ranking Institutions ranked Location
The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 12 127 National
The Guardian University Guide 2018 5 121 National
The Complete University Guide 2018 11 129 National
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016 19 125 National
QS World University Rankings 2018 160 959 International
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 251-300 980 International
Leiden Ranking 2016 154 842 International

National rankings

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranked us 7th nationally for graduate prospects and 5th for student retention.

The Guide places us 12th out of 128 institutions. It highlights how 85.4% of our students secure employment, or pursue further study, within six months of graduating. And that they earn some of the highest average starting salaries - more than £26,000.

The Guardian University Guide

We are ranked 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2018, with 13 subjects in the top 10, including number 1 for psychology.

The guide ranks universities in eight key areas, including course satisfaction, student-to-staff ratio and graduate prospects.

We are ranked 6th for employment after six months of graduation.

Complete University Guide

We are ranked 11th overall out of 129 UK universities in the 2018 Complete University Guide.

The guide uses ten factors to score each university and we performed well in a number of areas, including being scored 9th for graduate prospects and 11th for entry standards.

The guide also publishes individual subject rankings using four measures: student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards and graduate prospects.

We score in the top ten for 19 subjects offered at Bath. The Marketing tables rank us as the number one place to study the subject in the UK, and the Architecture tables rank us as the second best place to study in the UK.

Whatuni Student Choice Awards

We are ranked 3rd for job prospects and 19th overall in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016.

These awards are based on reviews submitted by more than 25,000 students across the UK. This year, 125 institutions received enough reviews to be ranked.

In their reviews, students praised our work placements, careers fairs, workshops and 'general emphasis and enthusiasm for helping students find the right career'.

International rankings

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings 2018 we have an overall ranking of 160 from over 900 universities internationally.

The Times Higher Education

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016/17, we have an overall ranking of 251-300 from 980 universities internationally.

Leiden Ranking

In the 2016 Leiden Ranking we rose to 154th in the world for the proportion of our publications that, compared with other publications in their same field and year, were in the top 10% most frequently cited.

The Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance of 842 universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration.

The ranking is based on over 25 years of bibliometric experience at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University.