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Universities ranked by subject 2022

We rank universities in 74 subject tables. Find out which university ranks top for each table, and how many times they feature in the top tens.

Top universities by subject

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Subject Top university
Accounting & Finance Strathclyde
Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering Imperial College London
African & Middle Eastern Studies Cambridge
Agriculture & Forestry Queen's, Belfast
American Studies University College London
Anthropology Oxford
Archaeology Cambridge
Architecture Cambridge
Art & Design Oxford
Asian Studies Cambridge
Biological Sciences Cambridge
Biomedical Sciences Cambridge
Building University College London
Business & Management Studies Oxford
Celtic Studies Cambridge
Chemical Engineering Cambridge
Chemistry Cambridge
Childhood & Youth Studies Leeds
Civil Engineering Cambridge
Classics Cambridge
Communication & Media Studies Strathclyde
Complementary Medicine Swansea
Computer Science Oxford
Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy Cardiff
Creative Writing Dundee
Dentistry Glasgow
Drama, Dance & Cinematics Manchester
Economics Cambridge
Education Cambridge
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Cambridge
English Oxford
Food Science Glasgow
Forensic Science Strathclyde
French Cambridge
General Engineering Cambridge
Geography & Environmental Science Oxford
Geology Cambridge
German Cambridge
Health Studies Liverpool Hope
History Cambridge
History of Art, Architecture & Design Cambridge
Iberian Languages Cambridge
Information Technology & Systems Queen's, Belfast
Italian Cambridge
Land & Property Management Cambridge
Law Cambridge
Linguistics Cambridge
Manufacturing & Production Engineering Cambridge
Marketing Bath
Materials Technology Cambridge
Mathematics Cambridge
Mechanical Engineering Cambridge
Medical Technology & Bioengineering Imperial College London
Medicine Oxford
Music Oxford
Nursing Edinburgh
Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics SheffieldCardiff and Glasgow Caledonian
Paramedic Science Surrey
Pharmacology & Pharmacy Cambridge
Philosophy Oxford
Physics & Astronomy Oxford
Physiotherapy Southampton
Politics Oxford
Psychology Oxford
Russian & East European Languages Cambridge
Social Policy Glasgow
Social Work Lancaster
Sociology Oxford
Speech & Language Therapy Strathclyde
Sports Science Glasgow
Theology & Religious Studies Oxford
Tourism, Transport, Travel & Heritage Studies Glasgow Caledonian
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design Cambridge
Veterinary Medicine Glasgow

Which universities rank top of the subject tables?

Discover how many times universities appear in a subject table, take the top places and feature in a top 10.

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Rank  Institution Appearances in subject tables Top places Times in top ten Percentage in top ten
1 Cambridge 45 32 45 100.0
2 Oxford 40 14 40 100.0
3 Imperial College London 14 2 14 100.0
4 St Andrews 26 0 24 92.3
5 London School of Economics 12 0 11 91.7
6 Durham 33 0 30 90.9
7 Glasgow 45 5 31 68.9
8 University College London 41 2 28 68.3
9 Strathclyde 34 4 23 67.6
10 Royal Veterinary College 3 0 2 66.7
11 Edinburgh 49 1 31 63.3
12 Bath 28 1 17 60.7
13 Warwick 30 0 18 60.0
14 Southampton 39 1 18 46.2
15 Heriot-Watt 20 0 9 45.0
16 King's College London 34 0 15 44.1
17 Manchester 50 1 22 44.0
18 Bristol 42 0 18 42.9
19 Dundee 29 1 12 41.4
20 Loughborough 31 0 12 38.7
21 Birmingham 50 0 18 36.0
22 Leeds 52 1 18 34.6
23 Exeter 38 0 13 34.2
24 Harper Adams 3 0 1 33.3
25 Royal Agricultural University 3 0 1 33.3
26 Writtle University College 3 0 1 33.3
27 Sheffield 43 1 14 32.6
28 Queen's, Belfast 40 2 13 32.5
29 Newcastle 42 0 13 31.0
30 Glasgow Caledonian 26 2 8 30.8
31 Robert Gordon 23 0 7 30.4
32 York 30 0 9 30.0
33 Surrey 35 1 10 28.6
34 SOAS, University of London 11 0 3 27.3
35 Aberdeen 37 0 10 27.0
36 Cardiff 45 2 11 24.4
37 Swansea 44 1 10 22.7
38 Nottingham 50 0 11 22.0
39 Reading 35 0 7 20.0
40 Ulster 43 0 8 18.6
41 Stirling 24 0 4 16.7
42 West of England, Bristol 39 0 6 15.4
43 East Anglia (UEA) 34 0 5 14.7
44 Queen Margaret 14 0 2 14.3
45 Liverpool 44 0 6 13.6
46 Liverpool John Moores 38 0 5 13.2
47 City, University of London 23 0 3 13.0
48 Kent 39 0 5 12.8
49 Lancaster 33 1 4 12.1
50 Northumbria 34 0 4 11.8
51 Coventry 45 0 5 11.1
52 Plymouth Marjon 9 0 1 11.1
53 Plymouth 46 0 5 10.9
54 Keele 30 0 3 10.0
55 Manchester Metropolitan 40 0 4 10.0
56 Northampton 30 0 3 10.0
57 Sussex 30 0 3 10.0
58 Westminster 30 0 3 10.0
59 Portsmouth 41 0 4 9.8
60 Queen Mary, University of London 32 0 3 9.4
61 Bournemouth 34 0 3 8.8
62 Lincoln 34 0 3 8.8
63 Bangor 36 0 3 8.3
64 Aberystwyth 25 0 2 8.0
65 Aston 26 0 2 7.7
66 Bradford 26 0 2 7.7
67 Huddersfield 40 0 3 7.5
68 Royal Holloway, University of London 27 0 2 7.4
69 Edge Hill 28 0 2 7.1
70 West of Scotland 30 0 2 6.7
71 Nottingham Trent 46 0 3 6.5
72 Birmingham City 34 0 2 5.9
73 South Wales 34 0 2 5.9
74 Central Lancashire 54 0 3 5.6
75 Oxford Brookes 36 0 2 5.6
76 Anglia Ruskin ARU 37 0 2 5.4
77 Hull 37 0 2 5.4
78 Goldsmiths, University of London 20 0 1 5.0
79 Cardiff Metropolitan 21 0 1 4.8
80 Sheffield Hallam 42 0 2 4.8
81 Edinburgh Napier 22 0 1 4.5
82 Bedfordshire 24 0 1 4.2
83 Liverpool Hope 27 1 1 3.7

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