Bath Spa University


About Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is the perfect place for study, whether you are looking for undergraduate, postgraduate or PGCE study. Bath provides the space where you can explore and discover, think and do, debate and create, all designed to connect you to a fulfilling and rewarding future. Bath Spa is a friendly community of students and staff that values creativity, culture and enterprise. Great emphasis is placed on teaching quality, and the University makes a valuable contribution to the knowledge economy within its areas of expertise. The University also plays a significant role in the cultural, creative and social life of Bath and the South-West region, as well as engaging with the partnerships across the globe.

Bath is approximately 190 kilometers to the west of London, approximately two and a half hours by road. Trains from London Paddington to Bath Spa are very frequent and the fastest is 90 minutes. Bristol Airport is the closest airport, only thirty kilometers miles away. You can fly to Bristol from most major cities, including Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. London Heathrow is approximately 100 kilometers east and Birmingham International Airport is approximately 100 kilometers north. Both are easily connected to Bath Spa by

Bath Spa University builds on a proud heritage, and started over 160 years ago as the Bath School of Art. It enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading art schools in the country, and some of Britain’s best known artists, including Walter Sickert and Howard Hodgkin, studied and taught at what was to become the Bath School of Art and Design.

Bath Spa University is home to over 7,500 students from over 40 countries. Our mission is to provide an excellent higher education for our students, supported by scholarship, research, professional development and collaborative partnerships. Our reputation for excellence in teaching is reflected by our rankings:
• Ranked 20 for ‘quality of teaching’ in the league table of UK universities (Complete University Guide, 2013)
• Ranked 24 in the subject league table for Business (The Guardian, 2013)
• Designated as a national ‘Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ for the creative industries by the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Our reputation for research is reflected in the UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise, (RAE, 2008) which evaluates the research output of universities measured up to 4-stars:
• The subject areas of Music, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Art and Design, History, and English included research rated as 4-star ‘world-leading’
• The subject areas of all ten research fields included research rated as 3-star,‘international quality’