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What are the top universities by subject?

Published: Saturday, 30 April 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The choice of picking a university just got slightly easier following the publication of the latest official rankings, broken down by both institution and subject.

The Complete University Guide (CUG) has compiled the table for 2017 and looks at a wide range of data sources to produce a score out of 100 for each university. The rankings look at entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects at all 127 British universities.

Prospective students and parents have begun to place more and more value in knowing where a university stands in the pecking order of higher education, and in particular the quality of their chosen course.

Accounting and Finance

The University of Strathclyde, which is renowned for strong links with industry, government and business, has the best accounting and finance course in the UK, matching the position they achieved in last year’s guide.

Bath University replicated their achievement from last year as well, by finishing second ahead of the University of Leeds, which improved by five places compared to 12 months ago.

Mathematics and Law

The top three overall universities, the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and Imperial College London are also top when it comes to both mathematics and law courses.

The universities have traditional groundings in the core subjects which is combined with some of the strictest entry requirements in the world.


The leading course providers for English are the same as they were for 2016, with Durham University, the University of Cambridge and the University of St Andrews, placing one to three respectively.


The University of Cambridge, which has a global reputation for world-class original research, leads the way for economic courses. The University of Oxford moved up from third to second, trading places with the University of Warwick.

History and geography

Once again the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, who moved up two places, lead the way in history and geography, with Durham University in third – both Oxford and Durham were given the same rating when it came to graduate prospects in history.

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