- Ranked 4th overall out of 122 in the THE Student Experience Survey 2018
- Ranked 8th best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022
- Ranked 9th best overall by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
- 86% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021
Guides and rankings
|The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide||2022||9||135||National|
|The Guardian University Guide||2022||8||121||National|
|The Complete University Guide||2022||10||130||National|
|Whatuni Student Choice Awards||2019||42||131||National|
|QS World University Rankings||2022||166||1,300||International|
|Times Higher Education World University Rankings||2021||201-250||1,527||International|
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 places us 9th out of 135 institutions.
We're also ranked 7th for graduate prospects.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranks 17 of our subjects in the top ten, including:
- 1st for Architecture and Criminology
- 2nd for Psychology, Sociology, and Sports Science
- 3rd for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
The Guardian University Guide
We are 8th in the Guardian University Guide 2022, with 13 subjects in the top ten, including ranking 2nd for Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Sports Science.
The guide ranks universities in nine key areas, including course satisfaction, student-to-staff ratio, and graduate prospects.
Complete University Guide
We are ranked 10th out of 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2022.
We're also ranked 6th for graduate prospects.
The guide uses ten factors to score each university. It also publishes individual subject rankings based on:
- student satisfaction
- research quality
- entry standards
- graduate prospects
The Complete University guide ranks 18 of our subjects in the top ten. We are ranked as the number one place to study Marketing in the UK.
Whatuni Student Choice Awards
We are ranked 9th for job prospects and 16th for student clubs and societies in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.
These awards are based on reviews submitted by more than 41,000 students across the UK.
QS World University Rankings
In the QS World University Rankings 2022 we have an overall ranking of 166 out of 1,300 universities around the world.
Times Higher Education
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 we have an overall ranking of 201-250 out of 1,527 universities from around the world.
In the 2019 Leiden Ranking, we are 163rd in the world for the proportion of our publications that were in the top 10% most frequently cited, compared with other publications in the same field and year.
The Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance of 963 universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and their involvement in scientific collaboration.
The ranking is based on over 25 years' bibliometric experience at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University.
This year Leiden introduced new indicator on open access. Bath is ranked 15th in the world for 75% of our papers are open access.
Awards and ratings
National Student Survey
Our students continue to be among the most satisfied in the UK, according to the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS). Our overall student satisfaction rate is 86.06%.
Six of our courses received satisfaction ratings of 100% with a further 20 receiving satisfaction ratings of 90% or above.
Our courses that scored 100% were:
- BA (Hons) Sport & Social Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement
- BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement
- MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement
- MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
- MPharmacol (Hons) Pharmacology with Year-long work placement
Our departments that scored over 90% for student satisfaction were:
- Architecture & Civil Engineering
- Biology & Biochemistry
- Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey
We are ranked 4th overall out of 122 in the THE Student Experience Survey 2018. Our students scored us highly for our facilities (2nd), the extra-curricular activities and societies on offer (2nd), the campus environment (3rd) and for meeting their personal requirements (3rd).
Around 20,000 full-time undergraduates took part in the survey. They were asked to judge their student experience across 22 categories, including teaching, wellbeing support and campus facilities.
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.
Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
We have been awarded two Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. This is the country's most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution.
In 2011, we received the Queen's award for our 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.