University of Bath

2015 League Table Ranking 8
2015 Overall Score 883
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Entry Standards 488 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.71 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,284 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 429 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 83.3 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 95.2 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 80.2 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 32.5 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.
  • Bath's Pharmacy and Pharmacology department celebrated its centenary in 2007.
  • In 1976 the university awarded the first sports scholarship in the UK and in 1995 hosted the European Youth Olympics.
  • British and international squads used the University's £35-million Sports Training Village as a based for their preparation towards the London 2012 Olympics.
  • In 1996 the Library and Learning Centre became the first 24-hour university library in England.

Location and Transport

  • The Claverton Campus is 1 mile from the centre of the beautiful city of Bath, a World Heritage City.
  • The campus buildings are set in landscaped grounds, alongside a wide range of convenient on-site leisure, social and commercial facilities.
  • The campus is one of the safest in the UK and has been recognised with a national police security award.
  • A frequent bus service runs from campus to the city, which offers regular transport links to London and Bristol.

Entry Standards

  • The university seeks the most academically able students from an international recruitment pool.
  • The average number of UCAS points on entry for 2012–13 was 488. Entry standards for individual courses are available in the prospectus and on the University of Bath website.

Student Mix

The 15155 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • All courses are offered with an option of a paid placement year or a period of study abroad. 60% of students choose to do a placement or study year abroad.
  • All students are offered the option of studying a language, or subject of personal interest, alongside their degree course.
  • The modular system facilitates opportunities for student choice within the curriculum.

Teaching Standards

  • The University was ranked best in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey. The overall satisfaction rate was 94%, placing the University at the top of a national table ranking over 130 universities.
  • The high teaching standards are evidenced by professional body accreditation, national subject reviews and graduate employment profiles.
  • Bath’s graduate employment prospects are among the best in the country. Within six months of graduation 86% of first degree graduates are in work or further study.
  • 83% of employed UK first degree graduates are working in top three categories of graduate level jobs compared with 63% nationally.
  • The University routinely seeks student feedback on its performance and acts on this to continuously improve.

Research Standards

  • The University has an international reputation for research excellence. We have strong national and international links with industry, government bodies, charities and other universities - our research grants and contracts portfolio is worth £87 million.
  • In 2011 the University was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people.
  • Bath's research ethos has a strong focus upon impact, tackling issues of global significance – from developing new drugs to cure breast cancer to working with Ford to develop fuel efficient cars.
  • 60% of the research work submitted for the 2008 Research Assessment exercise was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', and over two-thirds of our research is ranked in the top ten by the RAE 2008.

Academic Strengths

  • Humanities, Education, Engineering and Design, Health, Management, Science and Social Sciences.
  • Bath has an excellent record of supporting students to successful completion of their courses (retention) and employment (graduate destinations).
  • Its Careers Advisory Service has links with over 8,000 employers, including world-leading organisations like Airbus, the World Bank, Nike and Microsoft.
  • 83% of employed first degre graduates are in jobs in the top three groups (professional, managerial or associate professional) compared with 63% nationally.
  • Bath runs one of the largest and most established placement schemes in the UK higher education sector, with close links with business, the professions and the voluntary sector both in the UK and overseas.

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 rest in the University’s city campus accommodation complexes.
  • PCs in the library and learning centre are refreshed on a three-year cycle and there is free access to email and internet.
  • The 24/7 library is one of the busiest in any UK university – it has more than 500,000 printed books, 28,000 e-books, and over 19,000 journal titles.
  • Over 800 general-access PCs, terminals and docking stations are available in the library, as well as 420 PCs in dedicated teaching labs and 300 additional general-use terminals placed across campus.
  • 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 the website to find out about the disability services at the University of Bath.
  • Telephone +44 (0)1225 385538 or email

Students' Union

  • Bath SU was ranked as the fourth best Students’ Union in the country for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013.
  • The Students’ Union  has won a Gold Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI) Award for being one of the four best developed and managed Students’ Unions in the UK.
  • A fantastic £5.5-million Student Centre (opened in October 2010) provides a buzzing social hub for student life on campus.
  • There are more than 100 clubs and societies to get involved in, from cultural and politics societies to arts and sports clubs. The union also offers welfare services and personal development opportunities. The Volunteer Centre offers hundreds of volunteering opportunities to match your interests and time commitments.


  • The £35-million Sports Training Village  includes a 50-m 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. It is also one of British swimming's five intensive training centres.
  • In the run up to London 2012 the University played host to a number of international athletes including the GB Paralympics Team, the Malaysian Olympic team, and the Chinese Olympic swimming team.
  • 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 expansion and refurbishment plan which will add further facilities for teaching and research, as well as extra student accommodation. 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.
  • A new student accommodation block is due to open in summer 2014 and will provide 708 ensuite bedrooms, as well as a new refectory.
  • A new Centre for the Arts is deu to open in late 2014, featuring teaching facilities and theatre, gallery, performance and rehearsal studios.
  • Two new buildings, 4 East South and 10 West, will provide new teaching and research facilities and are scheduled to open in September 2015 (subject to planning permission).

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Joblink service connects students with a wide range of internships and part-time work opportunities including web design, administration, sports roles, marketing and hospitality.
  • Joblink also provides advice about interviews, vacation work, tax, NI and other employment questions.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1225 386959
  • University of Bath
    BA2 7AY
UCAS Code B16

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