Twelve subjects at Exeter are now positioned in the world’s top 100 – with seven in the top 50.

Exeter subjects ranked amongst the global best

Subjects in both science and humanities at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to an influential global league table.

Twelve subjects at Exeter are now positioned in the world’s top 100 – with seven in the top 50 - according to the latest QS World University Subject Rankings, published on Wednesday 8 March, 2017.

Building on the success of previous years, Geography has strengthened its top 20 position rising from 18th to 15th.

Elsewhere Theology and Religion (24th), Sports-related Subjects (25th), Hospitality and Leisure Management (28th), Engineering – Minerals and Mining (43rd), English Language and Literature (47th) and Psychology (47th) all made significant strides up the rankings to join the elite Top 50 grouping.

Other notable entries include Archaeology, History, Performing Arts, Environmental Sciences and Politics & International Studies, which all features within the global Top 100. Overall, Exeter now features amongst the world's elite institutions in 29 of the 42 subjects.

Exeter also has at least one top 100 subject in each of the ‘Subject Areas’ that map onto our six Colleges  - Life and Environmental Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences; the Medical School; the Business School; Humanities; and Social Sciences and International Studies.

Professor Tim Quine, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), said: “The University of Exeter is delighted at this recognition of its world-class research, the outstanding teaching that it inspires, and the achievement of our graduates. It reflects our colleagues engagement in extensive research networks and industrial collaborations across the world and their work to inspire the next generation through research-inspired and inquiry-led learning and discovery."

Professor Dan Charman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, said: “I am delighted that, once again, we have been recognised in the top 50 across the majority of our subject areas. It is also a truly fantastic achievement for Geography to further cement its position in the top 20 worldwide.

“These significant rankings are a testament to the hard work, dedication and talent demonstrated by all our staff and students within the College, and are richly deserved.”

Professor Andrew Thorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Exective Dean for the College of Humanities added: “These are very strong results indeed, and show the continuing and, indeed, increasing excellence of the Humanities at Exeter. They say everything about our superb, dedicated staff and our brilliant and committed students. The support of the University’s management has also been crucial in this success. I am confident that with that continued support, we will continue to produce excellent outcomes like these.”

To compile the rankings, QS evaluated 4,438 universities, qualified 3,098 and ranked 1117 institutions in total. More than 127 million citations attributions were analysed and the provision of more than 18,900 programmes were verified.

Date: 7 March 2017

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