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

Press release issued: 5 March 2019

Many of the courses taught at the University of Bristol are among the best in the world, according to a new 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 27 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 two are within the top 20 alongside other leading universities such as Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford, Cambridge and Sydney.

Most notably, both Earth Sciences was ranked 15th best in the world and 3rd in the UK, while Veterinary Science was ranked 19th in the world.

Other subjects in which Bristol ranked in the global top 50 include: English, Philosophy, Anatomy, Physiology, Education, Social Policy and Geography.

When compared to other UK universities, 20 of the subjects taught at Bristol are ranked in the top 10.

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 51st in 2018/19.

The QS World University Rankings assess 1,222 universities in 78 countries across 48 single subjects and five broad subject-areas.

It's based on the expert opinion of 83,000 academics and 42,000 graduate employers worldwide, plus 150 million citations yielded from 22 million academic papers.

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