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Who Ranks Top of the Tables by Subject 2020

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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Top university by subject

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Subject Top University
Accounting & Finance Glasgow
Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering Cambridge
Agriculture and Forestry Nottingham
American Studies Birmingham
Anatomy & Physiology St Andrews
Anthropology Cambridge
Archaeology Cambridge
Architecture Bath
Art & Design Oxford
Aural & Oral Sciences Southampton
Biological Sciences Cambridge
Building Loughborough
Business & Management Studies St Andrews
Celtic Studies Cambridge
Chemical Engineering Cambridge
Chemistry Oxford
Civil Engineering Cambridge
Classics & Ancient History Cambridge
Communication & Media Studies Sheffield
Complementary Medicine Swansea
Computer Science Cambridge
Creative Writing Lancaster
Dentistry Glasgow
Drama, Dance and Cinematics Glasgow
East & South Asian Studies Oxford
Economics Cambridge
Education Glasgow
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Cambridge
English Durham
Food Science Leeds
Forensic Science Dundee
French Cambridge
General Engineering Cambridge
Geography & Environmental Science Cambridge
Geology Cambridge
German Cambridge
History Cambridge
History of Art, Architecture & Design Cambridge
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism Lincoln
Iberian Languages Cambridge
Italian Cambridge
Land and Property Management Reading
Law Cambridge
Librarianship & Information Management Loughborough
Linguistics Cambridge
Marketing Bath
Materials Technology Oxford
Mathematics Oxford
Mechanical Engineering Cambridge
Medical Technology Leeds
Medicine Oxford
Middle Eastern & African Studies St Andrews
Music Durham
Nursing Glasgow
Occupational Therapy Southampton
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics Ulster
Pharmacology & Pharmacy Strathclyde
Philosophy Oxford
Physics & Astronomy St Andrews
Physiotherapy Southampton
Politics Oxford
Psychology Oxford
Russian & East European Languages Cambridge
Social Policy London School of Economics
Social Work Edinburgh
Sociology Cambridge
Sports Science Glasgow
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 27 41 100.0
2 Oxford 37 9 37 100.0
3 Imperial College London 14 0 13 92.9
4 Durham 33 2 30 90.9
5 St Andrews 24 4 21 87.5
6 London School of Economics 12 1 10 83.3
7 Exeter 37 0 26 70.3
8 Bath 26 2 18 69.2
9 University College London 37 0 25 67.6
10 Royal Veterinary College 3 0 2 66.7
11 Glasgow 43 7 28 65.1
12 Lancaster 31 1 19 61.3
13 Warwick 28 0 17 60.7
14 Birmingham 49 1 27 55.1
15 Strathclyde 32 1 16 50.0
16 Loughborough 29 2 14 48.3
17 Southampton 39 3 18 46.2
18 Leeds 51 2 23 45.1
19 Nottingham 49 1 22 44.9
20 Edinburgh 47 1 21 44.7
21 Newcastle
41 0 16 39.0
22 Manchester 49 0 19 38.8
23 Bristol 40 0 14 35.0
24 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 3 0 1 33.3
25 St George's, University of London 3 0 1 33.3
26 Sheffield 40 1 12 30.0
27 Dundee 27 1 8 29.6
28 Cardiff 45 0 12 26.7
29 Glasgow Caledonian 24 0 6 25.0
30 Harper Adams 4 0 1 25.0
31 King's College London 30 0 7 23.3
32 Surrey 30 0 7 23.3
33 Aberdeen 35 0 8 22.9
34 Queen's, Belfast 41 0 9  22.0
35 Robert Gordon 23 0 5  21.7
36 University of the Arts, London 5 0 1 20.0
37 Aberystwyth 27 0 5 18.5
38 Bradford 27 0 5 18.5
39 Nottingham Trent 38 0 7 18.4
40 SOAS, University of London 11 0 2 18.2
41 Swansea 40 1 7 17.5
42 York 29 0 5 17.2
43 East Anglia (UEA) 31 0 5 16.1
44 Heriot-Watt 19 0 3 15.8
45 Ulster 41 1 6 14.6
46 City, University of London 21 0 3 14.3
47 Liverpool 42 0 6 14.3
48 Queen Margaret 14 0 2 14.3
49 Kent 37 0 5 13.5
50 Stirling 23 0 3 13.0
51 Coventry 39 0 5 12.8
52 Reading 33 1 4 12.1
53 Oxford Brookes 37 0 4 10.8
54 Keele 30 0 3 10.0
55 Sussex 31 0 3 9.7
56 Bangor 32 0 3 9.4
57 Huddersfield 36 0 3 8.3
58 Sheffield Hallam 36 0 3 8.3
59 Royal Holloway, University of London 26 0 2 7.7
60 Abertay 14 0 1 7.1
61 Lincoln 28 1 2 7.1