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University of Bath

United Kingdom


Established in 1966, the University of Bath offers its students a world-class education, with excellent facilities in an idyllic location.

A research-led institution, the university specialises in engineering, management, humanities, science, and social science courses. Home to a diverse community, 30 per cent of the 18,600 students enrolled at the university are international students from over 130 countries.

The university's peaceful campus is based in South West England. The institution received an 86 per cent student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2021 and the campus provides a vibrant scene, and the bustling city of Bath with plenty of pubs, clubs and bars is nearby. Students can also relax by the beautiful riverside and surrounding green spaces.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bath is bursting with historic architecture, and exciting cultural events take place throughout the year, including festivals, exhibitions, sports, and concerts.

International students can either live on the university's campus, or in accommodation within the city itself. Transport is affordable and easy, with cheap, quick bus routes between the city and campus. Students are also well connected to London, which is less than 90 minutes away by train.

Teaching future leaders and providing students with innovative knowledge and skills, the university's graduates make a positive impact on society. The institution is ranked 7th for graduate prospects by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

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What's new

What's new

Virtual events

The University of Bath has hosted a series of virtual events, including virtual open days, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It features question and answer sessions, where prospective students can find out about student life and studying at Bath.

Top 100 for six subjects worldwide

The University of Bath has been recognised as one of the top universities in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022).

The university ranked highly for sports subjects (7th overall). It is also placed in the top 100 worldwide for architecture and the built environment, development studies, business, and management, mathematics, and social policy and administration.


Bath performed exceptionally well across recent UK university rankings. This includes:

  • Complete University Guide 2022 – 10th overall, and 6th for graduate prospects
  • Guardian University Guide 2022 – 8th overall, with 13 subjects in the top ten
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 – 9th overall, and 7th for graduate prospects

Top 3 for the following subjects in the UK

  • 1st for Architecture and Criminology
  • 2nd for Psychology, Sociology, and Sports Science
  • 3rd for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

The university is also highly ranked amongst global institutions:

  • QS World University Rankings 2022 – 166th overall
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 – 201 to 250 overall

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality


The university has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework for its world-leading and internationally excellent research. The institution has also been awarded two of the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

Completely committed to its world-class research, the university has a GBP 150 million portfolio of research grants and contracts.

One of only four universities in South West England in the GW4 Alliance, Bath has strong relationships with the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK. Highlighting its expertise, the alliance works together to address major global challenges.


The University of Bath's diverse teaching methods provide students with real-world experience. Courses are led by research and specifically designed to meet industry needs and requirements. To ensure graduates have the best career opportunities, students are encouraged to think innovatively and make a positive impact on society.

The learning approach combines in-person activities on campus, online elements, and structured independent study. In-person teaching and engagement takes place each week on campus, making sure that learning is worked through in practice, a key feature of Bath education. In addition, the online teaching provision includes both interactive learning sessions, allowing sharing and exploration of ideas within a group, and structured independent self-study.

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Department structure

Department structure

The university is made up of four faculties and schools with multiple academic departments. Providing students with a variety of innovative courses to choose from, its faculties and schools are:

Faculty of Engineering & Design

  • Architecture and civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Electronic and electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health
  • Politics, languages, and international studies
  • Psychology
  • Social and policy sciences

Faculty of Science

  • Biology and biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Natural sciences
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Physics

School of Management

  • Accounting, finance, and law
  • Marketing, business, and society
  • Information, decisions, and operations
  • Strategy and organisation

Pre-sessional and foundation courses

International applicants who don't meet Bath's English language requirements can attend a pre-sessional course. Helping students become ready to pursue degree studies, the pre-sessional course improves speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

The university also runs an International Foundation Year for international students who don't meet the academic requirements of an undergraduate course. Delivered by the university's partner institution, Bath College, this full-time course lasts one year. Once completed, students can directly progress onto their chosen course.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. These requirements are in place to ensure students can cope with, and enjoy their chosen academic course.

English language requirements vary across the university's departments, and are grouped into four categories - A, B, C and D. English language proficiency requirements at The University of Bath are generally a minimum of:

  • IELTS – minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT – minimum overall score of 90 with no section band below 21

The university also accepts other language tests, and applicants must achieve equivalent results. Tests must have been taken within the 24 to 30 months prior to the intended course start date.

Because requirements are course-dependent, international students are encouraged to check the conditions of the specific course they're interested in.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

International students can apply for a range of scholarships to support them with their studies. This includes:

Chancellor's Scholarship

A tuition fee waiver worth up to GBP 2,000 is available for first-year international students who demonstrate academic excellence.

Deans Award for Academic Excellence Scholarship

A tuition fee waiver worth GBP 5,000 is awarded to eligible international students studying for a master's degree at the university. Applicants need to demonstrate strong academic credentials and background of achievement and success.

Global Leaders Scholarship

An award of GBP 5,000 is awarded for international master's degree students who demonstrate exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. The award is a tuition fee waiver and the recipients will also showcase leadership potential.

International Baccalaureate 50th Anniversary Scholarship

Up to GBP 6,000 tuition fee waiver for first-year international students who demonstrate academic excellence in the IB.

Winning Women in Technology Scholarship

Ten female students who accept a paid industrial placement at J.P. Morgan's technology department as a software engineer will receive this scholarship. Worth GBP 3,000 for each year of study for three years.

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Over the past decade, The University of Bath has invested over GBP 450 million in a range of high-quality facilities for its main campus. This includes a GBP 10.9 million arts and management building, and a GBP 30 million Sports Training Village. Students can take a tour through one of the Virtual Open Days.

Other facilities at the university include:

  • Library – Open 24 hours a day with helpful support staff, it has an extensive collection of learning resources and study spaces
  • Students' Union (SU) – The SU building has food outlets, pub, nightclub, the Student Centre and SU offices
  • Dental Centre – NHS and private dental services
  • Medical Centre – NHS treatment and services including medical appointments, vaccinations, prescriptions, and advice
  • Chaplaincy – Space and support for people with all faiths or no faith
  • Learning Commons – Dedicated spaces across campus where students can study independently or in groups


The university provides international students with specifically designed comfortable accommodation, both on-campus and within the city. There is a range of housing options to suit individual budgets and lifestyles, including students with disabilities and medical conditions.


Students can join one of 50 sports clubs run by the SU. Each club welcomes new members, whether they are a novice or a professional. All students can access the Sports Training Village, which hosts a gym, sports, and fitness centre, as well as coaching, physiotherapy, and sport science services.

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Sport at Bath
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Students in the city of Bath
Arts at Bath
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Campus Tour
The university campus
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Campus by the lake

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