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Rankings and reputation

Our awards, accolades, and league table rankings in university guides.


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Ranked 6th best university in the UK, and 5th for career prospects after 15 months, by the Guardian University Guide 2024


Guides and rankings

Guide Year Ranking Institutions ranked Location
The Guardian University Guide 2024 6 122 National
The Complete University Guide 2025 8 130 National
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 8 134 National
The Daily Mail University Guide 2024 10 128 National
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020 46 131 National
QS World University Rankings 2025 150 1,503 International
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 251-300 over 1,900 International
Leiden Ranking 2021 134 1,225 International

National rankings

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 places us 8th in the UK out of 134 institutions. We're the highest-ranked university in the South West of England. This matches our 2023 ranking.

As well as the overall ranking, we have 15 subjects in the top ten by subject ranking, with nine of these in the top five.

The Guardian University Guide

We are 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2024, with ten subjects in the top five, including ranking 1st for Sports science, and 3rd for Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Education.

The Guardian places us 5th for career prospects, with 92% of graduates in graduate-level jobs or further study at professional or HE level within 15 months of graduating.

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

Complete University Guide

We are ranked 8th out of 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2025.

We are ranked 6th for graduate prospects.

We've also ranked the number one university in the South West for nine years in a row.

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

Bath was ranked the 2nd safest university town or city in England and Wales in 2023 by the Complete University Guide.

The Daily Mail University Guide

We are 'University of the Year 2024 for Graduate Jobs' in the Daily Mail University Guide 2024.

We are also ranked 10th best UK university overall out of 128 universities.

Whatuni Student Choice Awards

We're ranked 2nd for Career Prospects and 7th for University Halls, in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022.

These awards are based on reviews submitted by more than 30,000 students across the UK.

International rankings

QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University Rankings 2025 we have an overall ranking of 150 out of 1,503 universities around the world.

The University of Bath has made QS’ top 100 for six subject areas in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024:

  • Sport-related subjects (8)
  • Architecture / built environment (51-100)
  • Development studies (51-100)
  • Social policy & administration (51-100)
  • Business & management studies (86)
  • Psychology (96)

QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2024

We have also placed in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2024. The University ranked 92nd out of 1,403 universities, scoring highly in each of the three performance categories of Environmental Impact, Social Impact and Governance.

Times Higher Education

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 we have an overall ranking of 251-300 out of over 1,900 universities across 108 countries and regions.

Leiden Ranking

In the 2021 Leiden Ranking, we are 134th 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 1,225 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.

Awards and ratings

National Student Survey (NSS)

Our students continue to be among the most satisfied in the UK, according to the 2023 National Student Survey.

We scored above the UK Higher Education sector benchmarks in 24 of 27 questions and in six out of seven survey themes.

Times Higher Education National Student Experience Survey

We are ranked 16th in the UK in Times Higher Education National Student Experience Survey 2023.

Survey questions covered all areas of academic life, including the quality of teaching, feedback on work, and learning resources.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Run by the Office for Students (OfS), the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assesses higher education institutions in England on the quality of experience and outcomes for their undergraduate courses and subjects.

TEF 2023 awarded us Gold for the overall assessment as well as the two underpinning assessments of student experience and student outcomes. This rating, the highest possible, lasts for four years from September 2023.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The results of the REF 2021 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

92% of University of Bath research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 achieved the two highest classifications of ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent'.

Find out about the research behind our REF 2021 submission.

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.

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