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World class: Rankings confirm University of Bristol’s global status


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Press release issued: 3 March 2021

Courses at the University of Bristol are among the very best in the world, according to a global survey released today.

Forty subjects on offer at the University feature in the  QS World University Rankings by Subject, the world’s most consulted higher education league table.

The data reveals that of the 1,440 universities surveyed world-wide, 32 subjects at Bristol are in the top 100, while an impressive 11 made the top 50.

Veterinary Science came in at 13th in the world, while subjects such as Geology, Geophysics, Earth & Marine Sciences and Social Policy & Administration featured in the top 50. The full list* includes:

  • Veterinary Science (13th)
  • Geology (21st)
  • Earth and Marine Science (21st)
  • Geophysics (22nd)
  • Social Policy and Administration (28th)
  • Philosophy (30th)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (33rd)
  • Education (34th)
  • Geography (38th)
  • Classics and Ancient History (39th)
  • English Language and Literature (42nd)

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “It is hugely rewarding that many of our courses have once again been named among the best in the world.

“After what has been a difficult year for many, every single University of Bristol professor, academic and student should be proud of this fantastic achievement.

“Without their hard-work, creative drive and boundless intelligence we would not be where we are today.”

The QS World University Rankings by Subject uses four data sources to assess each University’s standing: a survey of academics, a survey of employers, research impact (based on research citations per paper) and the ‘H-index’, which measures the productivity of published works.

Last June, the QS World Rankings placed Bristol as the ninth best University in the United Kingdom, the 14th best in Europe and the 58th best in the world.

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*Please note, the QS World Subject Rankings use different, often broader, subject headings to the University of Bristol and other institutions. For example, Bristol teaches Earth Sciences as opposed to 'Earth and Marine Sciences'; Social Policy as opposed to 'Social Policy and Administration'.

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