Guides and rankings

Guide Year Ranking Institutions ranked Location
The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 11 134 National
The Guardian University Guide 2020 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 2020 251-300 1,396 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 2020 places us 11th out of 134 institutions.

The guide ranks us 5th for graduate prospects and highlights that 87.5% of our students are in professional jobs or graduate-level study.

The Guardian University Guide

We are 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2020, with 11 subjects in the top ten, including number two in the country for Sociology and number three for Business, Management and Marketing, and Psychology.

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

We are ranked 4th for employment within six months of graduation.

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 for 2020 we have an overall ranking of 251-300 out of 1,396 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 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). Our overall student satisfaction rate is 87.26%.

Nine of our courses achieved 100% overall satisfaction with a further seven receiving satisfaction ratings of 95% or above.

Our top scoring courses were:

  • MPhys (Hons) Physics
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics with Professional Placement
  • MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement
  • MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year Long Work Placement
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement
  • BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Year Long Work Placement

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.