Guides and rankings

Guide Year Ranking Institutions ranked Location
The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 9 135 National
The Guardian University Guide 2021 6 121 National
The Complete University Guide 2021 9 130 National
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019 42 131 National
QS World University Rankings 2020 172 1,000 International
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 201-250 1,527 International
Leiden Ranking 2019 163 963 International

National rankings

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 places us 9th out of 135 institutions.

We're also ranked 6th for graduate prospects.

For specific courses, Architecture at Bath is placed number one in the country, while Sports Science is second, and Aeronautical Engineering is third.

The Guardian University Guide

We are 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2021, with 13 subjects in the top ten, including number three in the country for Accounting and Finance, Architecture, Biosciences, Business, Management and Marketing, and Mechanical Engineering.

The guide ranks universities in nine key areas, including course satisfaction, student-to-staff ratio and graduate prospects.

Complete University Guide

We are ranked 9th out of 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2021.

We're also ranked 5th 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.

International rankings

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings 2020 we have an overall ranking of 172 out of 1,000 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.

Leiden Ranking

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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The results of the TEF 2017 confirm the excellence of the undergraduate teaching carried out at Bath.

The TEF evaluates universities on criteria including teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes, taking into account factors such as student satisfaction, retention rates and employment opportunities.

The Gold rating means that undergraduate teaching at the University of Bath is of the highest quality found in the UK. The TEF Panel judged that Bath delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its undergraduate students.

See more information about our TEF results

National Student Survey

Our students continue to be among the most satisfied in the UK, according to the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). Our overall student satisfaction rate is 88.3%.

Four of our courses achieved 100% overall satisfaction with a further 29 receiving satisfaction ratings of 90% or above.

Our courses that scored 100% were:

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) International Management with Year Abroad
  • MPharm (Hons) Pharmacology with Year Long Work Placement
  • MPhys Physics

Our courses that scored over 95% were:

  • BSc (Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement
  • BSc( Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement
  • BSc (Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement
  • BA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Year long work placement
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics

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.

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. 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.