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Subjects taught at Bristol ranked among best in the world

Press release issued: 28 May 2021

Research and teaching at the University of Bristol is among the best in the world, new figures have revealed.

The Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2021 highlights the world's top universities in a range of subject areas. 

It confirms that 15 subjects at the University of Bristol are highly rated within the world's top 100, with six of these featuring in the top 50. 

Water Resources* was ranked best in the UK and 13th in world and Aerospace Engineering rose to 2nd in the UK and 25th in the world.  

Meanwhile, Public Health and Earth Sciences were both deemed to be the fourth best in the country. They were placed at ninth and 23rd in the world respectively.  

Statistics has remains 5th in the UK and is currently 35th in the world. 

The rankings analyse 4,000 universities and look at a collection of indicators, including measures of research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration, research with top quality and the highest academic recognitions. 

Bristol has been ranked in 42 subjects across the subjects analysed by the rankings: natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. 

Shanghai Ranking has been publishing the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009 and is considered one of the leading international league tables. 

Further information

*Water research in Bristol is linked up through the water theme within the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment. The water theme brings together researchers and academics across all career stages and from all University faculties. This ranking is another indicator of their exceptional performance and of the high-quality research performed across the University. 

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