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Social Policy at the University of Bristol is world-class, new league table confirms

1 March 2018

New data published by the QS World University Rankings, which highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas, ranks the School for Policy Studies as 16th best in the world.

The rankings, which consider research quality, graduate employment, staff to student ratios and teaching standards, reveal that 29 subjects taught by the University of Bristol are highly rated within the world's top 100.

Nine of its subjects are within the top 50 and three, including Social Policy, are within the top 20 alongside other leading universities such as Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford, Cambridge and Sydney.

Head of the School for Policy Studies, Professor Esther Dermott, said: "It is very pleasing to again have international recognition for our work. 16th place in the world is evidence of the high regard our research and teaching has across the globe and reflects the high standing of our staff within the field."

Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Our Social Policy and Childhood Studies degrees are also ranked in the top 3 in the UK by the 2018 Guardian league tables.

Find out more about our undergraduate courses.

Further information

As well as individual subject rankings, the QS system also ranks the world's top universities in their overall positions, with Bristol ranked 44th in 2017/18.

The QS subject rankings are based on the expert opinion of 75,015 academics and 40,455 graduate employers worldwide, plus analysis of 43 million research papers and 185 million citations.

Please note, the QS World Subject Rankings use different, often broader, subject headings to the University of Bristol and other institutions. For example, Bristol doesn't teach Development Studies specifically, but it does teach International Development, Development & Security and International Relations.

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