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UK universities are best globally for eight subjects

Published: Saturday, 26 March 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

UK universities top the pile globally for the teaching of eight main subjects, according to new rankings.

Four UK institutions can claim to be the world’s best for their teaching of maths, English, art, archaeology, modern language, education, history and geography.

The University of Oxford leads the way in four subjects while the University of Cambridge is just behind on three – both are joint top for the teaching of history.

The other two institutions include the Royal College of Art, which is placed as the world’s best university for studying art and design, and the Institute of Education University College London, which keeps its place as the world-leader for studying education.

The rankings come after George Osborne gave some welcome news to the Royal College of Art after he reported that £54 million of funding was going to be given to pay for a new campus in Battersea.

In total, UK universities managed eight first places, 16 second-places and 21 third-places, and achieved increases in both academic and employer reputation.

US dominance

The research, which took the opinions of 76,798 academics, 44,426 employers and analysis of 28.5 million research papers, was published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Despite improvements in the UK, the rankings were dominated by US universities, as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placed first in 24 subjects combined.

The US also came out on top in the Times Higher Education rankings last year, however 78 UK institutions featured in the top 800 and 34 institutions in the top 200.

Do rankings matter?

The rankings have been published annually since 2011 and aim to help prospective students identify leading universities in their chosen field of study. More subjects are being continually added in response to growing demand for comparisons of this kind.

The importance of statistical analysis has grown since competition for vacancies has increased as students look to gain an advantage when looking at future career prospects.

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