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 2016/17 159 800 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 5th for completion rate by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

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. It also states that our graduates earn some of the highest average starting salaries - more than £26,000.

The Guardian University Guide

We are 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 out of 129 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2018.

The guide uses ten factors to score each university. We performed well in a number of areas, including ranking 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.

The Complete University guide ranks 19 of our subjects in the top ten. We are ranked as the number one place to study Marketing and the number two place to study Architecture 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. Student 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.

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 a 100% satisfaction rate. These are:

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling
  • MChem with year-long work placement
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation with year-long work placement
  • MEng Civil Engineering
  • MPhys

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey

We were ranked 5th overall out of 117 in the THE Student Experience Survey 2016. Our students were also joint most likely to recommend us to their friends.

The survey highlighted our well-structured courses, good community atmosphere and how well we cater for students' personal requirements.

Almost 15,000 full-time undergraduates take part in the survey each year. They are 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 the 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. It is the country's most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution.

In 2016, we were one of just 21 institutions to be awarded one of these prizes in the 11th biennial round.

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.