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Bristol rises two places in Complete University Guide 2023

Press release issued: 14 June 2022

The University of Bristol has climbed two places to 15th in this year’s Complete University Guide.

The latest UK league table published today shows 24 of Bristol’s subjects are ranked in the top ten for their discipline, with eight in the top five. General Engineering (called Engineering Design at Bristol) is ranked second in the country – up one place from last year. This also includes Engineering Mathematics which also falls into this category. 

Other highly rated subjects include Social Policy (up two places), Aerospace Engineering and Dentistry (up three places) – all ranked as third in their fields in the country.

Civil Engineering was ranked as fourth, Medicine (up nine places) and the Veterinary Medicine (up two places) were placed at fifth. German also scored fifth (up seven places from last year).

The 2022 QS World University Rankings placed Bristol as 9th best in the UK, 18th best in Europe and 61st best in the world, out of 2,462 universities analysed.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “Over the past year my colleagues have worked exceptionally hard to deliver a world-class education for our students.

“It’s particularly pleasing to see General Engineering and Social Policy feature so highly in the subject rankings, and so soon after QS ranked Bristol among the Top 10 in the UK and Top 100 in the world.”

The Complete University Guide league table is based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities and Completion.

The subject tables are based on five measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Graduate Prospects – outcomes and Graduate Prospects – on track.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Connect, which runs the Complete University Guide, said: “With more prospective students actively researching their options each year, the 2023 Complete University Guide league tables will serve as an important guide.

“We believe these rankings help them to make the right decisions as they consider their next steps into higher education.”

The University of Bristol was recently ranked fifth for research in the UK, with a remarkable 94% of its research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent, in the recent REF 2021 results.

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