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Bristol Engineering courses named best in the country

9 September 2020

Our General Engineering [covering Engineering Design and Engineering Mathematics] and Mechanical Engineering [covering both Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering] have been named the best in the country by The Guardian’s annual university guide.

Six of our courses ranked in the top ten this year. With coming in at second in the country and placing 8th.

The latest Guardian University Guide, which measured universities against nine areas including student satisfaction with teaching, courses and feedback, saw Bristol net its highest score for graduate employability.

Professor Ian Bond, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol said:

“We are immensely proud to see our research-led teaching recognised in the new rankings from The Guardian. We know that our talented students are much sought after when they graduate and our Industrial Liaison Office provides them with a head start in connecting with employers. Staff across the Faculty of Engineering are passionate about what they do, and our students constantly amaze me with their dedication and innovation. I’m personally delighted to see recognition of this collaborative effort reflected in an external assessment of what we do.”

Overall, The University of Bristol has been named as 11th best university in the country– a rise of 12 places. Professor Hugh Brady, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: "Here at Bristol, we strive to offer our students a rich, research-led education with promising career prospects and I'm delighted to see that reflected in this year’s results.

"Our excellent performance, and that of our subjects, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, and to the talent of our students."

The Guardian university guide is the first league table to use new data which gauges graduate jobs 15 months after graduation rather than after six months. Using data collected centrally by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the new data is thought to capture graduate employability more accurately. Recent results from the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed that 71.9 per cent of Bristol graduates were in employment 15 months after finishing their degree, while 13.9 per cent of graduates went on to further study.

Sixteen of Bristol's subjects are ranked in the top ten with nine in the top five. These include:

General Engineering (known as both Engineering Design and at Bristol - 1st)

Mechanical Engineering (known as both and at Bristol - 1st)


Film Production & Photography (known as Film and Television at Bristol – 2nd)

Sociology (2nd)

Anatomy & Physiology (4th)

Chemistry (5th)

Pharmacy and Pharmacology (5th)

Philosophy (5th)

Music (6th)

Veterinary Science (6th)

Computer Science (8th)

Earth & Marine Science (8th)

Economics (8th)

History (8th)

Biosciences (which covers Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Bristol - 10th)

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