University of Bath

2014 League Table Ranking 9
2014 Overall Score 852
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Entry Standards 478 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.8 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 1,226 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 4.16 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 417 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 81.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 96.9 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 82.8 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.
  • Its £35-million Sports Training Village was completed in 2004 and in 2008 played host to a hugely successful UK School Games. British and international squads will use Bath as a base for their preparations 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 Site.
  • 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, from where there are 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 last year (2011–12) was 480.

Student mix

  • The gender mix comprises 54% male students and 46% female students.
  • In the 2012 National Student Survey Bath students had an overall satisfaction rate of 91%, ranking Bath fifth in the national table of over 250 higher education institutions.
  • International students (those with non-British domicile) account for 30% of the student body and represent over 100 nationalities.
  • 74% of undergraduates are recruited from state schools and 26% from public schools.

Course flexibility

  • Most courses are offered with an option of a paid placement year or a period of study 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 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 93% 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

  • 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 7,000 employers and 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 fo the largest and most established placement schemes in the UK higher education sector which is in no small part due to its close links with business, the professions and the voluntary sector both in the UK and overseas.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Around 500 computer workstations are available for general student use plus laptop docking points as well as connectivity in all student residences.
  • Bath is a campus university with everything close at hand. It offers 3,600 bedrooms for students in Bath – two-thirds are located on campus with rest located 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 27,000 electronic books, the majority of which are available in electronic format, research databases, and an online publication store.
  • 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 a disability.

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

  • The Students’ Union is ranked as one of the best in the UK and won a Gold award in the national Student Union Evaluation Initiative for the excellent student experience is provides – one of only four to achieve the standard.
  •  A fantastic £5.5-million Student Centre (opened in October 2010) provides a buzzing social hub for student life on campus.
  • Over 100 societies/clubs address cultural, sports and arts interests. The union also offers welfare services and personal development opportunities.
  • The Students’ Union supports a vibrant social/recreational programme and its interactive website receives over 6 million hits per month.


  • The £35-million Sports Training Village  includes a 50-m swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, athletics tracks, astroturf pitches, and a judo dojo.
  • 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 investment includes: a new general teaching building which will accommodate up to 2,000 students at any one time and is due to open in October 2013; a new student accommodation complex boasting 708 additional en-suite bedrooms and a new refectory (opening summer 2014); and a new Centre for the Arts providing arts, conference and teaching facilities for both students and the community (opening autumn 2014 subject to planning approval).
  • The new 4 West building was opened by Sir James Dyson last year and provides valuable new research

Availability of part-time work

  • A wide range of part-time work opportunities include 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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