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Bath University

UCAS Code: B16

Location: Bath, west of England Show on Map

Site: Single campus; associated colleges

A top UK research-intensive university; a member of the 1994 Group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:15,135
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:10,560
Full Time:95%
Mature on Entry:9%
UK Students:79%
State school entry:75%

Teaching Staff

533 full- and part-time

Broad study areas

Engineering, science, languages, architecture, management, social sciences, pharmacy, sports education.


Admission Information:All programmes require a minimum of 3 A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff not usually used.
Points on Entry (Mean):440
Drop Out Rate:3%
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed accommodation (subject to conditions).


Founded:1894, as Merchant Venturers' Technical College; full university status 1966
Site:Campus 1 mile from Bath city centre
How to get there:By train to Bath Spa station (London Paddington 90 mins, Bristol 15 mins), or coach; bus from railway and bus stations (18/418). Close to the M4, then A4 and A36 to Claverton Down; easily accessible from Bristol and Heathrow airports.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Counsellor, doctors, psychiatrist, chaplain, dentist, and disability advice service. Some accommodation for disabled students; nursery (£48–£51 per day)
Amenities:Bookshop, banks, general shop (SU), chaplaincy, supermarket, travel agency, post office, newsagent, oriental supermarket, cafés, bar, food court, plus SU-run café.
Sporting facilities:Indoor and outdoor tennis courts, sports hall, 2 swimming pools (1 Olympic), running track, astroturf floodlit pitches.
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed university accommodation (if Bath is their firm choice and they apply before the deadline). 3350 self-catering places on campus and in city centre (over 40% ensuite; all connected to university network); rents £85–£140 per week. Students live in private-sector accommodation after their first year; rents locally £75−£85 pw self-catering (plus utility bills).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:500,000 printed volumes; 20,000 electronic books; 18,000 journals; 1200 study places. Information provision, £175 pa spent for each student (FTE). IT and library services separate, both open 24/7. 1500 PCs available across campus (including library) − all with access to library and internet. IT support by email, telephone or walk-in helpdesk. IT skills courses available.
Other learning resources:Computer shop sells PC software, hardware and trusted and reliable accessories.
Study abroad:Opportunity to study abroad on a variety of programmes. Exchange arrangements in Europe (through Erasmus) and also in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Uraguay.
Careers:Careers advisory service has established links with many graduate employers; arranges up to 400 employer recruitment visits each year, careers fairs and annual programme of employer presentations. 49% of employed graduates in professional jobs (compared with 26% nationally).


Living expenses budget:Budget of £7836 pa (excluding tuition fees) for an academic year recommended by university.
Term-time work:University understands necessity for term-time work for some full-time students (20% believed to work). Student job shop helps find part-time and holiday work, including in bars, offices, library, registry, conferences office on campus; help for work off campus and sandwich placements.
Financial help:Fee reductions of approximately £4500 pa for UK/EU students whose family income is up to £16k pa and who are eg care leavers or from a family on state means-tested benefits. Also bursaries (of £2000 in Year 1, £1000 in Year 2) for students with grades AAB at A-level or equivalent, whose family income is up to £16k pa (amount reduced where family income is £16k−£25k pa). Also a number of entrance scholarships of £1000+ pa (sports, choral and several subject scholarships). Also government access to learning funds.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees (less in placement years and for foundation degrees at partner colleges). International students pay approximately £11,600 pa (arts & humanities), £14,800 pa (science & engineering).


Academic features:

Most programmes offer a placement year, some a study year abroad; possible to include a language in most programmes.

Awarding body:

University of Bath.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, MArch, MPharm, MChem.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (sandwich, MPharm, MEng); 5 years (MEng sandwich).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • European Business Studies
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • French
  • German
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Social Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering

Student view

Chris Clements (Economics), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

Most students spend their first year on campus and subsequent years living in and around the city. The campus has a great community feel and it is a great city to live in, with a very relaxed feel.

How's the student accommodation?

Student accommodation on campus is of a decent standard, with a number of newer blocks that offer very high standards. There is a new accommodation block planned to be ready for the 2014 intake. Most students live in shared housing (houses and flats from 4-6 sharing) in the city after 1st year and there are some surrounding areas with good transport links, which a significant number of students live in.

What's the student population like?

The student population is genuinely very friendly and diverse, with around 30% international students. There is a large number of student sport clubs, societies and other student groups to get involved in provided by the Students' Union.

How do students and locals get on?

In general there aren't any problems and there is certainly never any violence or anything like that. Bath is a very safe community to live in, although locals do sometimes complain about students making too much noise and leaving rubbish out.


What's it like as a place to study?

The learning experience at Bath is generally really good. Students are seen as partners in education and the University likes to listen to its students. Research facilities are good and there are a good number of subjects that we are ranked in the top 3 in the country for teaching. 60% of students go on placement, which helps so much when it comes to getting a job at the end of your course.

What are the teaching staff like?

Teaching staff are very good, but as with every institution there is some variability. Module evaluations generally come out with very high marks.


What are student societies like?

There are over 150 student groups, provided through the Students' Union, to get involved in and the vast majority of students studying at the University are members. Bath is ranked 4th in the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) rankings and a brand new multi million pound centre for the arts is being built in the next couple of years.

What's a typical night out?

The Union is the largest club in Bath with a 1200 capacity and most of the venues in town have a capacity of about 5-600. The size of the venues means you are more likely to bump into people you know. If you want bigger clubs or big acts then Bristol is just down the road and there are societies running trips almost every week. Bath has one of the best ranges of pubs and bars in the country, there are so many you probably couldn't work your way through all of them by the time you leave Uni.

... And how much does it cost?

The student nights are fairly cheap but not as cheap as the big northern cities.

How can you get home safely?

Yes, while obviously you still need to be careful, Bath is a really safe place.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Bath is not a cheap place to live but is considerably cheaper to live in than London. Like most places if you budget smartly it is not too bad, although a lot of students do get part-time jobs

Average price of a pint?

Varies massively, a lot of places do student deals. On campus they drop to about £1.60-70 at certain times of the week but are normally about £2.30-40

And the price of a takeaway?

Depends on what you go for, again, not as cheap as some places but not as much as others.

What's the part-time work situation?

The Students' Union Joblink service advertises around 4000 part-time jobs each year, with 2000 on campus. Pay varies depending on the work.


What's the best feature about the place?

It's hard to define one thing, Bath is more about the whole experience and this shows in the satisfaction ratings.

And the worst?

That you have to leave after you have finished your studies, there aren't many graduate jobs in Bath!

And to sum it all up?

One of the best universities for all round experience in the UK. It offers a really high level of education and you leave with great prospects for the future

Past Students

John Kiddey (TV reporter), Martin Hedges (world champion canoeist), Chris Martin (singer and composer), David Trick, Gareth Adams and John Sleightholme (England rugby players), Dr Fox (Capital Radio DJ), Don Foster MP. 

More info?

Contact SU on tel 01225 826612, fax 01225 444061, website www.bathstudent.com.



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