How UK universities performed in the QS World Subject Rankings

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The 2017 QS World University Ranking by Subject were released in March, with the UK being crowned the best in the world in eight different areas.

The latest edition of the rankings looked at 46 different subjects, with new additions including Anatomy & Physiology, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Sports-related Subjects and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies. The tables are compiled by looking at key performance indicators such as research citations, academic reputation and employer reputation.

In total, a quarter of all top 10 rankings are taken by UK universities – with the US and UK having the biggest share of the highest places. The University of Cambridge, while losing its maths crown, still had cause to celebrate as it ranked in the top ten for more subjects than any other institution in the world.

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Best UK universities in the world by subject

Anatomy and Physiology, University of Oxford

The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics is home to a large number of internationally-renowned teams of scientists addressing major questions in biomedicine, the answers to which will have a profound effect on modern biology.

Archaeology, University of Oxford

Oxford’s School of Archaeology is one of the few departments in the world where diverse aspects of archaeological teaching and research are brought together to address critical questions about our past.  The school offer a range of degrees and have research projects on all the inhabited continents.

Historic University of Oxford

Art & Design, Royal College of Art

Established in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s most influential university of art and design. Its current students follow in the footsteps of illustrious alumni who include Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin and Sir Ridley Scott.

Development Studies, University of Sussex

Development Studies courses at Sussex help to prepare you for jobs in development work in agencies, such as the Department for International Development, UN organisations, NGOs, charities and government agencies.

Education, University College London

The Institute of Education at UCL was placed first in the world for education for the fourth year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and Melbourne. It continues to play an important global role, contributing to international academic and policy-related arenas and networks developing the fields of education and social science worldwide.

University College London

English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

The English Language and Literature course at Oxford is one of the broadest in the country, giving you the chance to study writing in English from its origins in Anglo-Saxon England to the literature of the 20th and early 21st centuries. As well as British literature, you can study works written in English from other parts of the world.

Geography, University of Oxford

The Oxford Geography degree focuses on the interrelationships between society and the physical and human environment. Students are introduced to the full range of geographical topics in foundation courses, which they can then follow up in more detail in the optional papers.

Sports, Loughborough University

Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is renowned as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health through the natural and social sciences.

Loughborough University

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