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Which university is the best for your subject?

27th May 2015
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The Guardian’s university league tables were released yesterday, so we thought we’d compile a list of the unis that have come out top in the main subject areas.

Apologies if you’re studying/planning to study a particularly niche subject and we’ve missed you out – but if we’d included every derivation of degree that is currently possible at the UK’s universities, frankly we’d have been scrolling forever.

Case in point: engineering. There are just too many versions of your subject, engineers. We might have compile a separate list for you.

Also, notice how much of the below isn’t dominated by Oxford and Cambridge – despite them taking the top two spots in the overall ranking. Clearly, it pays to break the league tables down a bit when you’ve settled on a specific course...

Accounting & Finance:

1. Warwick

2. Surrey

3. Heriot-Watt

Architecture:

1. University College London (UCL)

2. Cardiff

3. Kent

Art:

1. UCL

2. Oxford

3. Newcastle

Biosciences:

1. Cambridge

2. Oxford

3. Exeter

Business/management/marketing:

1. Oxford

2. Warwick

3. Bath

Chemistry:

1. Sussex

2. St. Andrews

3. Oxford

Classics/ancient history:

1. Cambridge

2. Oxford

3. Exeter

Computer science:

1. St Andrews

2. Oxford

3. Cambridge

Dentistry:

1. Cardiff

2. Queen’s, Belfast

3. Glasgow

Design:

1. Goldsmiths

2. Edinburgh

3. Glasgow

Drama:

1. Royal Welsh College

2. Sussex

3. Surrey

Economics:

1. Oxford

2. Warwick

3. Cambridge

Education:

1. Cambridge

2. St. Mary's UC, Belfast

3. Southampton

English:

1. Cambridge

2. Oxford

3. St. Andrews

Fashion:

1. Edinburgh

2. Loughborough

3. Brighton

Film/photography:

1. Edinburgh

2. Coventry

3. Kent

Geography:

1. London School of Economics (LSE)

2. St Andrews

3. Cambridge

History:

1. Cambridge

2. St Andrews

3. Durham

Law:

1. Cambridge

2. Oxford

3. Queen Mary, University of London  

Maths:

1. Imperial College

2. Oxford

3. Warwick

Modern languages/linguistics:

1. Cambridge

2. Oxford

3. Leicester

Medicine:

1. Cambridge

2. Oxford

3. UCL

Nursing:

1. Glasgow

2. Edinburgh

3. Liverpool

Philosophy:

1. Oxford

2. St Andrews

3. King’s College London

Physics:

1. Oxford

2. Lancaster

3. St Andrews

Politics:

1. St Andrews

2. Oxford

3. Cambridge

Psychology:

1. Cambridge

2. Bath

3. Oxford

Religious studies/theology:

1. St Andrews

2. Exeter

3. Gloucestershire

Sociology:

1. Cambridge

2. Bath

3. Surrey

Sports science:

1. Bath

2. Exeter

3. University of East Anglia (UEA)

Veterinary science:

1. Cambridge

2. Liverpool

3. Edinburgh

To see the full ranking of universities click here.




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