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Bristol courses get top marks in Times Good University Guide

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Press release issued: 15 September 2023

Twenty subjects taught at the University of Bristol are top ten in their field, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Released today, the Guide declared the University’s Russian and Eastern European Languages* courses to be the best in the UK, and its Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, General Engineering and Animal Science courses to be the 2nd best.

Bristol’s German courses took 3rd, Civil Engineering 4th and its Mechanical Engineering, Education and Dentistry courses are all placed 5th in their fields.

Overall, 20 Bristol subjects made the top 10 in their fields, in subjects as varied as Social Work and Biological Sciences.

The Guide said that “Bristol is more in demand than ever”, adding that it had “redoubled its research pedigree in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). In an outstanding performance, 94 per cent of the work of 1,500 eligible staff across 28 subject areas was rated world-leading or internationally excellent”. Bristol was ranked 5th for research performance in REF 2021.

It went on to say that “a degree from Bristol carries weight in the jobs market”, after a report found its graduates were the fourth most sought after by top employers (High Fliers, 2023).

It also praised the campus, saying that “most teaching takes place on Bristol’s main campus in the city’s desirable enclave of Clifton”.

Prof Tansy Jessop, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Students and Education, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our subjects once again featured highly in the Times Good University Guide 2024.

“As the new academic year begins, we’re incredibly excited that a new cohort of students can experience for themselves what a fantastic place Bristol is, both for studying and living.”

The Times Guide comes hot on the heels of the Guardian University Guide 2024, which found the University’s Education courses and its Veterinary Nursing and Companion Behaviour BSc* to be number one in the UK. Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Zoology courses all ranked 2nd, its Marketing courses placed 4th and its Dentistry courses 5th.

Meanwhile, the inaugural Daily Mail University Guide placed Bristol as the 12th best university in the country.

The Mail said the University had “long been a popular choice for pupils in both state and independent schools” and that its “students are among the most sought after by top graduate employers”.

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Please note, the Times and Guardian use different, often broader, subject headings to the University of Bristol and other universities. 

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