The University is ranked 11th nationally out of 131 UK universities and for the third year running is named the best university in the South West.

On a subject level Bath has performed well with 18 of its 27 subjects ranked in the top 10 in the UK, whilst coming first nationally in both Architecture and Marketing. A list of subjects ranked in the top 10 are as follows:

  • Accounting & Finance (3rd)
  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (5th)
  • Architecture (1st)
  • Business & Management (4th)
  • Chemical Engineering (10th)
  • Civil Engineering (5th)
  • Economics (8th)
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (10th)
  • Italian (10th)
  • Marketing (1st)
  • Mathematics (8th)
  • Mechanical Engineering (5th)
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology (9th)
  • Politics (9th)
  • Psychology (2nd)
  • Social Work (9th)
  • Sociology (3rd)
  • Sports Science (2nd)

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell commented: “I am delighted that the University has been ranked as the region’s top university for a third consecutive year and maintained its overall position in the national rankings.

“Once again, a significant number of our subjects have been recognised in the top 10. It is especially pleasing to see two of our strongest disciplines – Architecture and Marketing – rated as the best in the country.”

The ten criteria the Complete University Guide table uses to assess a university’s overall performance are: Student Satisfaction; Research Quality; Research Intensity; Entry Standards; Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours Degrees; Graduate Prospects; and Degree Completion.

The full rankings can be viewed at