Guides and rankings

Guide Year Ranking Institutions ranked Location
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 12 127 National
The Guardian University Guide 2017 10 119 National
The Complete University Guide 2017 11 127 National
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016 19 125 National
QS World University Rankings 2016/17 159 800 International
Times Higher Education '100 Most International' 2016 82 100 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

We are ranked 7th for graduate prospects and 12th overall by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

The Guide places us 12th out of 127 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 10th in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

The guide ranks universities in eight key areas, including course satisfaction, student-to-staff ratio and graduate prospects. We were ranked 5th for graduate employment after six months.

Complete University Guide

We are ranked joint 11th out of 127 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2017.

The guide uses ten factors to score each university. We performed well in a number of areas, including being 7th for graduate prospects.

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

The Complete University guide ranks 18 of our subjects in the top ten. Architecture and Marketing are ranked number one.

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. Students' reviews 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 2016/17 we have an overall ranking of 159 from over 800 universities internationally.

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.

We were also ranked as of the 100 most international universities in 2016.

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 750 major 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.

Awards and ratings

National Student Survey

Our students continue to be amongst the most satisfied in the UK, according to the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS). Our overall student satisfaction rate is 90% - four points above the national average.

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

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey

We were ranked as the UK’s top university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2015. Students rated us 1st out of 113 UK institutions for overall student satisfaction.

The survey highlighted our excellent facilities, good community atmosphere, safe campus and strong connections with industry.

In the THE Student Experience Survey 2016, we were ranked 5th overall. Our students were also joint most likely to recommend us to their friends.

Almost 15,000 full-time undergraduates took part in the survey each year. They were asked to judge their student experience across 21 categories, from teaching to whether they would recommend their university to a friend.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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 and internationally excellent.

See a detailed breakdown of our REF results.

Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

We have been awarded two Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. We are one of just 21 institutions which have been awarded one of these prizes, which acknowledge world-class excellence and achievement.

In 2011, we received the award for the Department of Social & Policy Sciences' 'Influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people'.

We were also awarded the prize in 2000 to recognise the 'invaluable services to industrial and scientific communities' of the Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are the country's most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution.