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The University of Bath
Ranked 6th best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019, Bath is well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds. Their academic programmes are designed to provide both rigorous intellectual challenge and real-world relevance, giving students the opportunity to study with researchers who are leaders in their field. Their outstanding placement scheme helps ensure their graduates are well attuned to meet the evolving needs of employers, while their vibrant campus provides superb sporting, social and cultural opportunities. The University has been voted top for student satisfaction for two years in a row.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Shanghai Ranking (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
Male vs Female
The University of Bath was granted university status in 1966 by Royal Charter, however its roots can be traced back to the Bristol Trade School - a technical school established in 1856. In 1885 the school was renamed the Merchant Venturers' Technical College, and in 1929 the Bath School of Pharmacy became part of the college. By 1960 the college had become the Bristol College of Science and Technology and, following the Robbins Report of 1963, which recommended immediate expansion of universities, began to look at gaining university status. With the college rapidly expanding and no suitable site available in Bristol, a chance conversation between the college principal and the Director of Education in Bath led to an agreement to provide the college with a new home in Claverton Down, Bath. The first building on campus was completed in 1965, just a year before the Royal Charter was granted.
Bath University campus is located on Claverton Down, which sits on the south-east hilltop edge about a mile away from Bath city centre. The campus is designed around a central pedestrian thoroughfare, known as the Parade. It has been recognized by a national police security award as one of the safest campuses in the UK. The campus is compact and purpose-built with excellent facilities for teaching, accommodation and leisure. Bath city is 90 minutes to London by train, and just 15 minutes to Bristol.
Faculties & Departments
Faculty of Engineering & Design
- Architecture and Civil Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electronic & Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Politics, Languages & International Studies
- Social & Policy Sciences
Faculty of Science
- Biology & Biochemistry
- Computer Science
- Mathematical Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Pharmacy & Pharmacology
School of Management
- Business & Management
- Accounting & Finance
According to the Times Good University Guide in 2012 "Research is Bath’s greatest strength": 87% of the University's research in the 2014 REF was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (compared with 60% in the 2008 RAE).
The University has over 50 centres and institutes across the University reflecting its research strengths in engineering, the physical sciences, management, humanities, social sciences, health and life sciences. Bath University works in partnership with industry, government, community groups and other universities, both in the UK and overseas. All this means that as an undergraduate at Bath you can expect to be taught and supervised by researchers at the leading edge of their discipline, and carry out your own project work, supported by staff skilled in teaching and research.
European exchanges take place at Bath under the well-established Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. Bath supports the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), having the same credit system in operation for its own programmes, meaning that it is easy for Bath qualifications to be understood in other European countries and for what you study in other countries to be understood at Bath. As well as the Erasmus Exchange Programme, Bath also has exchange agreements with partner institutions in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States of America and Uruguay.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
Income-related scholarships are available for full-time students who have achieved AAB at A-level or equivalent with a household income of £42,620 or less.
The University also offer many scholarships for specific subjects and talent areas.
Up to £3,000 per year is available to full-time students with a household income of £20,000 or less.
Situated at the heart of the campus, the Library plays an essential role in life at Bath. The Library is open 24 hours a day, every day. There are over 1,200 study spaces, arranged for group work and private study. The Library has a wealth of resources with more than 360,000 printed books, 440,000+ electronic books and over 24,000 journal titles. The Library’s web-based catalogue and homepage guide you to high-quality materials in your subject area, as well as providing you with information on all Library services. The Library’s electronic resources are accessible over the Internet from anywhere using your University username and password. There are extensive 24 hour photocopying, scanning and printing services within the Library building. Library staff are always willing to help with enquiries and more specific queries will be handled by the subject specialist for your area of study. At the beginning of your first semester you will attend an introductory session on using the Library’s services and resources. Further sessions on how to fully exploit all the information you need will be arranged throughout your time at Bath.
University of Bath Computing Services (BUCS) works with the faculties and departments to provide computing facilities to help you with your studies. There is a friendly, student-designed Service Desk in the Library where you can bring your computing queries as well as an online Help facility. Students are issued with a BUCS username and password before they join the University. These allow them to use one of over 800 PCs, terminals and docking stations that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the Library along with the many more in the dedicated teaching labs.
The Department of Sports Development and Recreation is responsible for offering recreational opportunities for all members of the University to enjoy sport and exercise, regardless of ability. It provides instruction and tuition in a range of activities and provides one of the leading high performance environments in Europe, hosting over 200 international level athletes and national and regional squads across 12 sports.The Department employs a team of professional coaches, who work with a wide range of performers up to Olympic level. The Department has a close relationship with Students’ Union Sport, which has over 4,000 members and runs 48 student clubs.
Facilities include the Sports Training Village – floodlit eight lane athletics track, water-based hockey pitch, one all-weather pitch, 50m swimming pool, eight court indoor tennis hall and eight acrylic and two clay outdoor tennis courts, fitness and conditioning suite, multi-purpose hall (12 badminton courts), 300 square metre judo dojo, eight fencing pistes, 16 station air pistol range, indoor athletics hall and 132m sprint straight, a bobsleigh/skeleton push track, and many rugby, cricket and football pitches. On top of this there is the Founders Complex with a multi-purpose hall with eight badminton courts and four squash courts and the Sulis Sports Club with two cricket squares and nets and several rugby pitches.
The Students’ Union (SU) is a registered charity run by students, for students. It makes the experience students have at Bath the best it can be. Students at Bath belong to a diverse student community – all of whom are automatically members of the Students’ Union. SU Officers, and other elected representatives speak on students’ behalf to the University and to local and national governing bodies. They make sure their opinions are being heard. The SU makes University more enjoyable through societies, sports clubs and other student groups giving students the chance to develop skills and have fun with new friends. There are 85 societies in total and three student media groups to get involved in. Bath SU can help improves students’ employability by helping develop key life skills and find part-time work. The £6 million Student Centre provides places to eat, work or to just chill out with friends. The SU also offers students confidential, impartial support and advice at any stage of their degree.
Bath is well known for the success of its graduates in the employment market. It ranked 10th for job prospects by the ‘Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018’ and 4th for graduate starting salaries and 7th for graduate prospects by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
The Careers Advisory Service aims to help you achieve your career goals running programmes for students and having advisers available for career planning discussions. Careers services include Career Choice giving resources and in-person support to help you define your career goals, the Skills Development Programme providing transferable and personal skills training and help improving your job search skills such as applications, interview techniques and aptitude testing. The Careers Advisory Service has well-established direct links with many graduate employers, and arranges up to 400 employer recruitment visits to the University each year. It runs a big programme of recruitment events including Careers Fairs in the autumn and summer, so students have easy access to employers.
Most of Bath’s degree programmes offer the option of a professional placement. Bath students gain placements in highly innovative and dynamic companies in industry, commerce, the health and caring professions, education, public services or research institutions. Many students find paid placements but there are also a number of unpaid placements each year within hospitals, charitable organisations and academic institutions.
The University has strong links with business and builds on these to encourage a culture of enterprise among students and staff. It offers a range of enterprise resources which include business skills training, networks and incubation for start-up companies. Many departments have set up schemes which bring together successful businesses and students, such as the School of Management ‘Bath Entrepreneur in Residence Scheme’ (BEIR), which aims to create an entrepreneurial community: combining academic knowledge with practical application. Students can also get involved with ENACTUS, the student led company that sets up business projects that make a difference in society.
Health and Well-Being
Each undergraduate is assigned a Personal Tutor, with regular meetings scheduled throughout the first year to review progress and sort out any difficulties. In University residential accommodation, Resident Tutors provide pastoral care and support.
The Student Services Centre is the first point of contact for a range of welfare and practical issues. Located centrally on campus, it provides access to a comprehensive range of support services including the Student Funding Advice team, the Student Disability Advice team, the Student Health and Wellbeing team or International Student Advisers. Referrals are made to other support services within the University, such as the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre. The Health and Wellbeing team has professional counsellors and mental health workers to help you through any difficult situations. Support is free and confidential and may help you with personal development, managing stress, anxiety or depression or coping with crises.
The University Medical Centre and Dental Practice are located together on the main University Campus. The Medical Centre provides a range of NHS services to those in their catchment area. As the majority of patients are part of the University community, practice aims to ensure services match students’ needs.
Religion and Spirituality
The University Ecumenical Chaplaincy Centre, in the heart of the campus, welcomes people of all faiths or none. A Chaplain is on call for all students and staff every day. The ecumenical team works closely with leaders of several faiths. The Chaplaincy offers an active programme of daily prayer, worship, public lectures, seminars and discussion groups, and special trips. Also on campus there are rooms, with washing facilities, set aside for Muslim prayers. There are active Christian, Muslim and Jewish student societies on campus. The Chaplaincy also provides information on all the faith communities and places of prayer in Bath and Bristol.
Catered and self-catered
Catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
University accommodation is guaranteed for one academic year to all new-to-Bath, full-time students in their first year. Two-thirds of this accommodation is located on campus. The city-campus accommodation complexes are located around the city centre, approximately 2km from the University campus. Students living in this accommodation can easily get to the campus using the frequent bus services from the city centre. There is a broad range of room types to suit all budgets. 40% of the first year complexes now offer en suite accommodation. Most first-year complexes are similarly organised, with 5-18 single study bedrooms grouped around a self-catering communal kitchen. The majority of kitchen groups are mixed but students can choose all male or all female accommodation if they prefer. There are catered buildings at Polden Court, the Quads and Brendon Court. Under the catered option, using the Eat and Drink student card, students have their library card loaded with a value that can be spent in various eateries on campus. Within Polden and Brendon very large communal kitchens have facilities for making snacks and light meals, but do not have individual store cupboards and are not equipped to the level of the kitchens in self-catered areas.
Humanities & Social Sciences
Science & Engineering
English Language Requirements
The usual requirement for entry to an undergraduate programme of study is a minimum of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, although a few programmes accept 6.0 and some more linguistically demanding programmes require 7.0.
The International Student Advice Team communicates with you regularly before you leave your country, and provides you with essential information to help plan for your journey to Bath. The Team runs a bus service from London Heathrow Airport at the start of each academic year and upon your arrival at Bath, organises a welcome programme of events that includes information sessions, social events and tours of the campus and city. It also runs a mentoring scheme LINC ‘Living In a New Culture’, which matches current UK and new international students.
Throughout the year, the International Student Advice Team works with the Students’ Union and student societies to create a range of social activities open to all students regardless of nationality, including trips to places of interest and on-campus events and festivals. The International Students’ Association (ISA) represents the international student voice. There are a number of societies created and led by students from China, India, Malaysia and Europe (among others), which provide opportunities for you to celebrate and share your culture while in the UK. Social activities extend to the wider community through HOST – a national organisation that arranges short stays in British family homes for international students.