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Universities ranked by subject 2021

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 tens.

Top universities by subject

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Subject Top university
Accounting & Finance Glasgow
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering Cambridge
Agriculture & Forestry Queen's, Belfast
American Studies Birmingham
Anatomy & Physiology Cambridge
Anthropology Cambridge
Archaeology Cambridge
Architecture Cambridge
Art & Design Oxford
Aural & Oral Sciences Strathclyde
Biological Sciences Cambridge
Building Heriot-Watt
Business & Management Studies St Andrews
Celtic Studies Cambridge
Chemical Engineering Cambridge
Chemistry Oxford
Civil Engineering Cambridge
Classics & Ancient History Oxford
Communication & Media Studies Loughborough
Complementary Medicine Swansea
Computer Science Cambridge
Creative Writing Lancaster
Dentistry Glasgow
Drama, Dance & Cinematics Glasgow
East & South Asian Studies Oxford
Economics Cambridge
Education Glasgow
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Cambridge
English Cambridge
Food Science Leeds
Forensic Science Strathclyde
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 Ulster
Iberian Languages Cambridge
Italian Cambridge
Land & Property Management Cambridge
Law Cambridge
Librarianship & Information Management Loughborough
Linguistics Cambridge
Marketing Bath
Materials Technology Oxford
Mathematics Oxford
Mechanical Engineering Cambridge
Medical Technology Dundee
Medicine Dundee and Glasgow
Middle Eastern & African Studies Oxford
Music Durham
Nursing Glasgow
Occupational Therapy Cardiff
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics Glasgow Caledonian
Pharmacology & Pharmacy Cambridge
Philosophy Oxford
Physics & Astronomy Oxford
Physiotherapy Southampton
Politics Oxford
Psychology Oxford
Russian & East European Languages Cambridge
Social Policy Strathclyde
Social Work Edinburgh
Sociology Cambridge
Sports Science Glasgow
Theology & Religious Studies Cambridge
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 44 31 44 100.0
2 Oxford 37 11 37 100.0
3 St Andrews 25 1 25 100.0
4 Durham 33 1 31 93.9
5 Imperial College London 14 0 13 92.9
6 London School of Economics 12 0 10 83.3
7 Glasgow 43 8 33 76.7
8 Bath 26 1 18 69.2
9 Royal Veterinary College 3 0 2 66.7
10 Exeter 37 0 24 64.9
11 Warwick 28 0 17 60.7
12 Strathclyde 33 3 20 60.6
13 University College London 40 0 23 57.5
14 Lancaster 32 1 18 56.3
15 Birmingham 49 1 25 51.0
16 Loughborough 30 2 14 46.7
17 Manchester  49 0 21 42.9
18 Southampton 38 1 15 39.5
19 Dundee 29 2 11 37.9
20 Edinburgh 48 1 18 37.5
21 King's College London 30 0 11 36.7
22 Bristol 40 0 14 35.0
23 Leeds 51 1 17 33.3
24 St George's, University of London 3 0 1 33.3
25 Sheffield 39 0 12 30.8
26 Newcastle 41 0 12 29.3
27  Cardiff 46 1 13 28.3
28 Nottingham 49 0 13 26.5
29 Harper Adams 4 0 1 25.0
30 Queen's, Belfast 40 1 10 25.0
31 Swansea  41 1 10 24.4
32 Aberdeen 36 0 8 22.2
33 Glasgow Caledonian 24 1 5 20.8
34 York 29 0 6 20.7
35 Arts University Bournemouth 5 0 1 20.0
36 Surrey 30 0 6 20.0
37 University of the Arts, London 5 0 1 20.0
38 Reading 33 0 6 18.2
39 Liverpool 42 0 7 16.7
40 Robert Gordon 24 0 4 16.7
41 SOAS, University of London 12 0 2 16.7
42 Ulster 42 1 7 16.7
43 Kent 37 0 6 16.2
44 Heriot-Watt 19 1 3 15.8

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