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Who Ranks Top of the Tables by Subject 2019

We rank universities in 70 subject tables. Find out which university ranks top for each table, and how many times they feature in the top 10s.

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Subject Top University
Accounting & Finance Strathclyde
Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering Cambridge
Agriculture and Forestry Nottingham
American Studies Birmingham
Anatomy & Physiology St Andrews and Oxford (joint)
Anthropology Cambridge
Archaeology Cambridge
Architecture Bath
Art & Design Oxford
Aural & Oral Sciences Strathclyde
Biological Sciences Cambridge
Building Loughborough
Business & Management Studies St Andrews
Celtic Studies Cambridge
Chemical Engineering Cambridge
Chemistry Cambridge
Civil Engineering Cambridge
Classics & Ancient History Cambridge
Communication & Media Studies Strathclyde
Complementary Medicine Swansea
Computer Science Cambridge
Creative Writing Warwick
Dentistry Glasgow
Drama, Dance and Cinematics Glasgow
East & South Asian Studies Cambridge
Economics Cambridge
Education Glasgow
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Cambridge
English Durham
Food Science Robert Gordon
Forensic Science Dundee
French Cambridge
General Engineering Bristol
Geography & Environmental Science Cambridge
Geology Cambridge
German Cambridge
History Cambridge
History of Art, Architecture & Design Cambridge
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism Strathclyde
Iberian Languages Cambridge
Italian Cambridge
Land and Property Management Reading
Law Cambridge
Librarianship & Information Management Loughborough
Linguistics Cambridge
Marketing Bath
Materials Technology Cambridge
Mathematics Cambridge
Mechanical Engineering Cambridge
Medical Technology Strathclyde
Medicine Oxford and Cambridge (joint)
Middle Eastern & African Studies St Andrews
Music Durham
Nursing Glasgow
Occupational Therapy Cardiff and Huddersfield (joint)
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics Glasgow Caledonian
Pharmacology & Pharmacy Strathclyde
Philosophy Oxford
Physics & Astronomy Cambridge
Physiotherapy Birmingham
Politics Oxford
Psychology Oxford
Russian & East European Languages Cambridge
Social Policy London School of Economics and Strathclyde (joint)
Social Work Edinburgh
Sociology Cambridge
Sports Science Exeter
Theology & Religious Studies Cambridge
Town & Country Planning & Landscape Design Cambridge
Veterinary Medicine Glasgow


Which universities rank top of the subject tables?

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Rank  Institution Appearances in Subject Tables Top Places Times in Top Ten Percentage in Top Ten
1 Cambridge 41 32 41 100.0
2 Imperial College London 14 0 14 100.0
3 Oxford 37 6 37 100.0
4 Royal Veterinary College 2 0 2 100.0
5 St Andrews 25 3 24 96.0
6 Durham 33 2 31 93.9
7 London School of Economics 12 1 10 83.3
8 University College London 37 0 29 78.4
9 Exeter 36 1 26 72.2
10 Warwick 28 1 19 67.9
11 Bath 27 2 18 66.7
12 Birmingham 48 2 30 62.5
13 Lancaster 31 0 18 58.1
14 Bristol 39 1 21 53.8
15 Glasgow 43 5 23 53.5
16 Loughborough 28 2 14 50.0
17 Strathclyde 33 7 16 48.5
18 Leeds 50 0 23 46.0
19 Newcastle 38 0 17 44.7
20 Manchester 49 0 20 40.8
21 Nottingham
48 1 19 39.6
22 Edinburgh 47 1 16 34.0
23 Dundee 28 1 9 32.1
24 Surrey 28 0 9 32.1
25 East Anglia (UEA) 30 0 9 30.0
26 Sheffield 40 0 11 27.5
27 Glasgow Caledonian  24 1 6 25.0
28 Harper Adams 4 0 1 25.0
29 Queen's, Belfast 41 0 10 24.4
30 Southampton 39 0 9 23.1
31 Cardiff 45 1 10 22.2
32 Robert Gordon 23 1 5 21.7
33 King's College London 28 0 6  21.4
34 Bangor  31 0  6  19.4
35 Bradford  26  0  5  19.2
36 Swansea 37 1 7 18.9
37 Reading 32 1 6 18.8
38 Liverpool 42 0 7 16.7
39 Nottingham Trent 36 0 6 16.7
40 SOAS University of London 12 0 2 16.7
41 Aberdeen 37 0 6 16.2
42 Ulster 40 0 6 15.0
43 Stirling 22 0 3 13.6
44 Kent 36 0 5 13.9
45 Westminster 30 0 4 13.3
46 West of England, Bristol 38 0 5 13.2
47 Aston 24 0 3 12.5
48 Royal Holloway, University of London 25 0 3 12.0
49 Oxford Brookes 37 0 4 10.8
50 Heriot-Watt 19 0 2 10.5
51 York 29 0 3 10.3
52 City, University of London 20 0 2 10.0
53 Sussex 31 0 3 9.7
54 Plymouth 43 0 4 9.3
55 Aberystwyth 26 0 2 7.7
56 Brunel University of London 26 0 2 7.7
57 Coventry 40 0 3 7.5
58 Lincoln 27 0 2 7.4
59 Queen Mary, University of London 28 0 2 7.1
60 Bournemouth 30 0 2 6.7
61 Highlands & Islands 15 0 1 6.7
62 Keele 30 0 2 6.7
63  Northumbria  30  0  2  6.7
64 Hertfordshire 32 0 2   6.3
65 Huddersfield 33  1 2  6.1