Student population

We have 17,308 students enrolled. Over 30% come from outside the UK, representing over 130 nationalities.

We have:

  • 13,051 undergraduates
  • 4,257 postgraduates
  • 54% male students
  • 46% female students

These numbers are based on statistics for the 2016/17 academic year from Academic Registry.

To find out more about our student satisfaction and experience, view our rankings and awards.

Placements and employment

  • 89% of our employed UK full-time first-degree graduates are in the top three occupational groups, compared to 74% of employed graduates nationally1
  • Our graduates2 have a mean salary of £27,000, which is £4,500 more than the equivalent for all higher education providers in the UK1
  • We are one of the ten universities most often targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers in 2016 to 2017
  • Up to 400 employers visit the University each year as part of events organised by our Careers Service
  • Approximately 65% of our undergraduates who completed their course in the 2017/18 academic year chose a placement or study year abroad

1 data from HESA Destinations of Leavers from HE 2016/17
2 full-time UK domicile first-degree graduates who were in full-time paid work in the UK


  • Our research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87% of our research was defined as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • Our innovative research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011


  • In the last decade, we have invested over £450 million in our campus - this includes new accommodation, academic buildings and sports facilities such as the Olympic Legacy swimming pool
  • Our library is open 24 hours a day, every day
  • The Edge, our £10.9 million arts and management building, opened in February 2016
  • We invested £4.5 million in redeveloping the former Bath police station into The Virgil Building, which features a student learning zone and hosts some of our professional services


  • University of Bath-based athletes won 6 medals in the Rio 2016 Olympics
  • Our Sports Training Village hosted athletes from 11 countries in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics
  • We host around 250 international-level athletics competitions as well as national and regional squads across 10 sports


  • We have over 120,000 alumni living and working in 173 countries around the world - find out about some of our notable alumni
  • Our alumni and friends donated over £68 million to support our students and researchers
  • Over 500 students currently hold a scholarship as a result of gifts to the University
  • 100% of our gifts benefit our students and researchers through academic fellowships, scholarships and enhancing the student experience
  • Our largest donation came from our alumnus Dr Jonathan Milner, who donated £5 million to fund the Milner Centre for Evolution