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Subjects at the University of Bristol are world-class, new league table confirms

Press release issued: 28 February 2018

Many of the courses taught at the University of Bristol are among the best in the world, according to an international league table.

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.

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

Most notably, both Earth Sciences and Social Policy were ranked 16th best in the world, while Anatomy & Physiology was ranked 18th.

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

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: "These rankings demonstrate the strength of research and teaching at Bristol across all disciplines, which is testament to the hard work of our staff.

"We are particularly pleased to see that Earth Sciences, Social Policy and Anatomy & Physiology rank in the top 20 in their subjects across the world."

Other subjects in which Bristol ranked in the top 50 include: English, Philosophy, Psychology, Veterinary Science, Geography and Development Studies*.

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

The ranking takes into account research quality, graduate employment, staff to student ratios and teaching standards.

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.

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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 doesn't teach Development Studies specifically but it does teach International Development, Development & Security and International Relations.

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