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University of Bristol climbs Complete University Guide 2019 league table

Press release issued: 25 April 2018

The University of Bristol has been ranked 15th in the Complete University Guide – a rise of two places this year.

The latest UK league table, published today [25 April], shows 21 out of Bristol’s 39 subjects are ranked in the top 10 for their discipline, with General Engineering (called Engineering Design at Bristol) ranked 1st in the country, up from 3rd last year.

Other highly-ranked subjects include Sociology (2nd), Aerospace Engineering (3rd), Mechanical Engineering (4th) and Pharmacology & Pharmacy (5th).

The Complete University Guide is a widely-respected and cited online ranking of over 140 UK universities in one main table, plus 70 individual subject tables to help students compare courses at different universities.

Its main table is based on 10 measures: student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards, student/staff ratio; spending on academic services; spending on student facilities; good honours degrees; graduate prospects and completion.

Bristol has the highest scores for research intensity, good honours and degree completion in the South West region, and also the best student-staff ratio.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: "Here at Bristol we pride ourselves on the quality of our students, our world-leading research and our inspiring learning environment. It's very pleasing to see this recognised in the Complete University Guide, and I’m especially proud that our General Engineering degree has been ranked best in the country.

"To continue our upwards climb – nine places in two years – is fantastic. It’s testament to the hard work of our staff, who ensure the quality of our research and teaching remains unequivocally high."

It comes as new data from the QS World University Rankings by Subject, which highlights the world's top universities in a range of popular subject areas, confirms that 29 subjects taught by the University of Bristol are highly rated within the world’s top 100.

Further information

The 21 subjects which ranked in the top 10 for their discipline are:

General Engineering - equivalent to Engineering Design (1st)
Sociology (2nd)
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering - equivalent to Aerospace Engineering (3rd)
Mechanical Engineering (4th)
Pharmacology & Pharmacy (5th)
Dentistry (6th)
Geography (6th)
Social Policy (6th)
Theology & Religious Studies (7th)
Civil Engineering (7th)
Electrical & Electronic Engineering (7th)
Geology (8th)
Italian (8th)
Music (8th)
Classics & Ancient History (9th)
Computer Science (10th)
Economics (10th)
History (10th)
Iberian Languages – equivalent to Hispanic, Portugese and Latin American Studies (10th)
Philosophy (10th)

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