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30 Bristol subjects in UK top 10, says Complete University Guide

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Press release issued: 7 June 2023

Thirty subjects taught at the University of Bristol are in the top ten of UK universities, according to a new rankings.

Published today [June 7], the Complete University Guide 2024 highlights a broad range of courses offered at Bristol, from medicine and mathematics to chemistry and classics.

The Guide poured particular praise on Bristol’s Engineering courses, with Aerospace Engineering coming 2nd in the UK, Engineering Design and Engineering Maths 3rd and both Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering 4th.

Other highly ranked subjects include Dentistry at 4th; Social Work, French, German and Russian at 5th; and Education at 6th.

The full list of Bristol subjects ranked in the top 10 are:

Professor Evelyn Welch, the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “It is wonderful to see the sheer number and variety of Bristol subjects included in this year’s Complete University Guide.

“Our students are some of the best and brightest in the world and I’m proud that our brilliant staff are giving them a truly outstanding university education.”

Overall, the Guide ranked Bristol as the 16th best university in the UK. Other surveys by QS and Times Higher Education rank Bristol as the ninth best in the UK.

Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said: "Our league table is based on independent measures that we know are important to students, including how satisfied students are with the teaching in the university and how likely students are to gain a good job on graduating.

“The tight rankings in the top 20 show just how high the standards are among UK universities.” 

To find the subject data, the guide surveyed 151 universities on: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Continuation and Graduate Prospects.

To find the overall university data, it surveyed 130 universities on: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities and Continuation (the proportion of students who continue in their studies after their first year).

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