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University of Bath

2016 League Table Ranking 11
2016 Overall Score 874
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Entry Standards 476 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.17 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,307 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.24 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 421 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 85.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 96.1 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 84.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 32.9 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The university received its Royal Charter in 1966.
  • We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2016 and in that time we have established ourselves as a nurturing ground for enterprising minds.
  • Our state-of-the-art 24-hour library opened its doors in 1996 and was the first of its kind in England.
  • We have invested over £100 million in our campus facilities geared towards an outstanding all-round student experience. 2014 saw the opening of The Quads, our new 700+ en-suite accommodation, and 2015 sees the opening of our new facilities for the arts (The Edge), two new academic buildings and a new Olympic-quality swimming pool.
  • Our £35-million Sports Training Village hosted training for British and international squads in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Location and Transport

  • Set amongst green fields overlooking the world-heritage city of Bath, the campus is only 1 mile from the city centre. From the campus you can discover the Bath Skyline; six miles of way-marked footpaths with hidden valleys, woodlands and breathtaking city views.
  • Voted the Best Campus University in 2014, all the local amenities you could ask for including shops, banks and a post office are on campus, just a five-minute walk from accommodation.
  • The campus is one of the safest in the UK and has been recognised with a national police security award.
  • With regular buses running between the campus and the city, travel is easy, and they even run services late into the night. London is only 90 minutes away by train and Bristol is only 15 minutes away.

Entry Standards

  • We are committed to attracting the best and brightest students from the UK and overseas.
  • The average number of UCAS points on entry for 2014–15 was 475. Entry standards for individual courses are available in the prospectus and on the University of Bath website.

Student Mix

The 15,155 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Most courses are offered with the option of a placement year. You can study abroad as part of several different degree programmes, not just language degrees. Nearly two-thirds of students choose to do a placement or study year abroad.
  • Our flexible learning style gives you the opportunity to shape your studies to develop your interests. All students are offered the option of studying a language, and you can choose to study a subject of personal interest, alongside your degree course.
  • Our optional unit system allows you to specialise in key areas you’re interested in and mould your experience to best suit your future.

Teaching Standards

  • Our students voted us first for student satisfaction two years in a row in the National Student Survey (2013 and 2014) with an overall satisfaction rate of 93%.
  • Psychology, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering received the maximum possible score of 100% satisfaction.
  • Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies both achieved the feat of being placed first in the UK for a second year running.
  • Our highly employable graduates enjoy a starting salary £4,000 higher than the national average for first degree graduates in full-time UK employment (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2012–13).
  • We have a great student rep system in place at the University so student feedback is taken directly to staff and acted upon.

Research Standards

  • The University of Bath has an international reputation for its research excellence. The university’s research portfolio is worth £120 million.
  • Bath’s research has a strong focus on achieving impact outside academia, and to do this its staff engage closely with industry and policymakers. This means teaching is informed by some of the most exciting and innovative ideas across all fields, and students graduate with new knowledge that is in high demand.
  • 96% of Bath’s research impact submitted to the independently-assessed 2014 Research Excellence Framework was judged to be 4* (outstanding) or 3* (very considerable), demonstrating the strength and breadth of the university’s collaborations with industry, government departments, NGOs and policymakers.
  • Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, the University of Bath was ranked 12th in a research quality ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions.

Academic Strengths

  • Our areas of study cover Engineering and Design, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Management.
  • Bath has an excellent record of supporting students with 92% completing their degree.
  • We run one of the largest and most established placement schemes in the UK higher education sector, with close links to business, the professions and the voluntary sector both in the UK and overseas.
  • Our Careers Service has links with over 8,000 employers, including world-leading organisations like Airbus, the World Bank, Nike and Microsoft.
  • Students looking for careers advice can connect directly with alumni who have relevant experience to receive one-to-one support in planning their future.

Student Facilities

  • Bath is a campus university with everything close at hand. It offers 4,086 bedrooms for students in Bath – 75% are located on campus with the rest in the university’s city campus accommodation complexes.
  • The 24-hour library has a variety of study spaces for group, individual and quiet work, so you can find a place to work at a time that suits you. In its wealth of resources – both print and electronic – you’ll find the information and materials you need to support your studies.
  • PCs in the library are refreshed on a three-year cycle and there is free access to email and internet. You can log onto the free campus Wi-Fi in lecture theatres, cafés, or go and study by the lake.
  • The Student Services Centre at the heart of campus offers a range of support services including welfare support, immigration advice, counselling, financial advice and support for students with disabilities.

Disability Services

  • Visit our website to find out about the disability services at the University of Bath.
  • Telephone +44 (0)1225 385538 or email

Students' Union

  • The University of Bath has one of the best Students’ Unions in the country, consistently rated one of the top ten in the National Student Survey and it is one of only four unions to achieve a Gold SUEI Award – a mark of quality to show it gives students the best possible experience.
  • The Students' Union is also winner of the Equality & Diversity NUS Award 2014 after strengthening its work on Equality & Diversity and committing to the Investors in Diversity Award.
  • It was runner-up in the NUS Award for Best Students' Union 2014.
  • There are more than 100 clubs, societies and student groups to get involved in, from cultural and politics societies to arts and sports clubs. And if you can’t find one you are interested in, then the union will help you to set up a new one.
  • The Volunteer Centre offers hundreds of volunteering opportunities to match your interests and time commitments.
  • The union also offers representation, advice and welfare services as well as a variety of personal development opportunities.


  • The £35-million Sports Training Village includes a 50m swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, athletics tracks, AstroTurf pitches, and a judo dojo.
  • There are 48 student-run sports clubs, with over 1,000 students representing the university in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions each year.
  • A number of sports have their national or other high performance bases at Bath including modern pentathlon, bob skeleton, badminton, beach volleyball and netball.
  • Bath’s sports facilities were home to 31 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed at London 2012. Bath-based athletes and alumni won an amazing 11 medals.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In 2012 the University began a £100-million investment project to help better the student experience. The Chancellors’ Building was opened in September 2013 and features state-of-the-art lecture facilities. Up to 2,000 students can use the building at any one time.
  • The Quads, a new student accommodation block opened in summer 2014, provides 708 en-suite bedrooms, as well as the new Lime Tree restaurant.
  • A new location for the Arts and the School Of Management called The Edge will be officially opened by our Chancellor, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, at a ceremony in May 2015. Featuring teaching facilities as well as soundproof music practice rooms, a purpose-built dance studio, three large galleries, theatre and performance studio, the space will provide a fantastic opportunity for creativity and innovation.
  • Construction is currently underway for two new buildings, 4 East South and 10 West, which will provide new teaching and research facilities and are scheduled to open in September 2015.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University employs over 2,000 students on campus, with jobs available in the various bars and cafes on site. Roles as a Student Ambassador or tutor, supporting various outreach activities both on and off campus, are also available.
  • The Joblink service connects students with a wide range of internships and part-time work opportunities in the local community including web design, administration, sports roles, marketing and hospitality.
  • Joblink also provides advice about interviews, vacation work, tax, NI and other employment questions.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Service offers careers information, advice and guidance to students, providing help with career planning and job search skills such as interviews, applications, CV writing and aptitude testing.
  • The Careers Service arranges up to 400 employer recruitment visits to the university each year, including career fairs in the autumn and summer.
  • More information can be found on the Careers Service website.

Notable Alumni

  • Professor Raymond Schinazi – more than 90% of HIV-infected individuals take at least one of the drugs he invented.
  • Neil Holloway – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions.
  • Peter Harrison –Head of Investments at Schroders.
  • Nigel Sharrocks – formerly Managing Director of Warner Bros, the man who commissioned the Harry Potter and Matrix films.
  • Captain Heather Stanning – Olympic Gold medallist, World Champion and now world record holder in the women’s coxless pair, who learned to row at Bath.
  • Anne McClain – member of the 2013 NASA astronaut class.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1225 383019
  • University of Bath
    BA2 7AY
UCAS Code B16

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