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Social Policy at the University of Bristol is among best in the world, QS league table confirms

1 May 2020

Data from the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, which highlights the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas, places Social Policy at Bristol in the top 20 worldwide.

The league table confirms that 35 subjects taught by the University of Bristol are highly rated, within the world's top 100 – up from 27 in last year’s table.

Nine of its subjects are within the top 50 and three – Social Policy & Administration*, Earth & Marine Sciences and  Veterinary Science – are within the top 20 alongside other leading universities such as Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford, Cambridge and Sydney.

Tansy Jessop, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education said: “Here at the University of Bristol, we strive to give our students access to some of the world’s best teaching by providing a diverse, research-rich education. These latest results are a testament to the hard work of our schools and faculties and our innovative approach to education.”

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

As well as individual subject rankings, the QS system ranks the world's top universities in their overall positions too, with Bristol being ranked  49th in 2020

The QS World University Rankings assess 1,368 universities in 83 countries across 48 single subjects and five broad subject-areas.

It's based on the expert opinion of 94,000 academics and 44,000 graduate employers worldwide, plus 162 million citations yielded from 22.5 million academic papers.


*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 Social Policy as opposed to 'Social Policy and Administration'.

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