What is the top university in the South West?

Education | South West


The University of Bath has been named the region’s top university for a third consecutive year by the Complete University Guide 2019.

The University is ranked 11th nationally out of 131 UK universities and for the third year running is named the best university in the South West.

On a subject level Bath has performed well with 18 of its 27 subjects ranked in the top 10 in the UK, whilst coming first nationally in both Architecture and Marketing.

A list of subjects ranked in the top 10 are as follows:

  • Accounting & Finance (3rd)
  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (5th)
  • Architecture (1st)
  • Business & Management (4th)
  • Chemical Engineering (10th)
  • Civil Engineering (5th)
  • Economics (8th)
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (10th)
  • Italian (10th)
  • Marketing (1st)
  • Mathematics (8th)
  • Mechanical Engineering (5th)
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology (9th)
  • Politics (9th)
  • Psychology (2nd)
  • Social Work (9th)
  • Sociology (3rd)
  • Sports Science (2nd)

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell commented: “I am delighted that the University has been ranked as the region’s top university for a third consecutive year and maintained its overall position in the national rankings.

“Once again, a significant number of our subjects have been recognised in the top 10. It is especially pleasing to see two of our strongest disciplines – Architecture and Marketing – rated as the best in the country.”

The ten criteria the Complete University Guide table uses to assess a university’s overall performance are: Student Satisfaction; Research Quality; Research Intensity; Entry Standards; Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours Degrees; Graduate Prospects; and Degree Completion.

The full rankings can be viewed at https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/

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