Top Ten again for University of Bath

The University of Bath has been named one of the UK’s top 10 universities in this year’s Complete University Guide.

The University has also improved its position in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, rising seven places to 166th in the world.

Bath retains top 10 position in national rankings

The latest league table for the Complete University Guide positions the University of Bath as ninth in the UK for the second year running, and the number one university in the South West for a sixth consecutive year.

Bath has been ranked in the top ten for 17 subjects*, being named first in the country for Marketing, second for Architecture and third for Sociology, Sport Science and Manufacturing & Production Engineering.

Bath was also ranked sixth for Graduate Prospects, using a newly created metric that combines graduate outcomes with a measure of whether graduates are ‘on track’ with their career plans.

The Complete University Guide is based on 10 measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities and Completion. It includes 130 institutions.

Bath moves up global rankings

In addition, Bath has been named the world’s 166th best university in the QS World University Rankings 2022, moving up seven places from its joint-173rd position last year. 

Since 2014, the University has moved up 21 places and in the 2022 edition, it was placed in the top 13% globally.

The eighteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, names the world’s 1,300 best universities. 

Professor Ian White DL FREng, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, said: “It is extremely pleasing to continue our record of strong performance with the latest edition of the Complete University Guide, and to be placed within the top ten of the three major UK university rankings. 

“It is also very heartening to see evidence of our growing international reputation and profile, shown in our improved position in this year’s QS World University Rankings. Both of these achievements are the result of the sincere efforts of many people across our whole University community, for which we should feel very proud.”

The University scored particularly strongly in the QS ranking for the quality of its graduates and its ability to attract teaching and student talent from around the world; placing 97th for Employer Reputation, 109th for International Faculty Ratio and 112th for International Student Ratio.

The QS rankings provide a comparative analysis on the performance of the world’s top 1,300 universities across 97 countries. A total of 6,415 institutions were nominated for evaluation. The results also account for the distribution and performance of 14.7 million academic papers published between 2015 and 2019, and the 96 million citations received by those papers.

Bath is rated highly in several rankings and reputational measures, including 6th in The Guardian University Guide, and 9th in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

*The University of Bath was listed in the top 10 for the following subjects by the Complete University Guide:

  • Marketing (1st)
  • Architecture (2nd)
  • Manufacturing & Production Engineering (3rd)
  • Sociology (3rd)
  • Sport Science (3rd)
  • Psychology (4th)
  • Social Policy (4th)
  • Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering (5th)
  • Business & Management Studies (5th)
  • Accounting & Finance (6th)
  • Civil Engineering (6th)
  • Mechanical Engineering (6th)
  • Politics (7th)
  • Chemical Engineering (9th)
  • Social Work (9th)
  • Economics (10th)
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology (10th)