Nottingham subjects are among the best in the world

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The University of Nottingham features among the best in the world in a new ranking of individual subjects.

In this year’s ‘QS World University Rankings by Subject’, The University of Nottingham sits among the world’s most elite institutions in 33 of the 42 subjects surveyed.

The new rankings also feature 21 Nottingham subjects in the top 100, and seven in the top 50. 

The University was placed particularly highly in Pharmacy &Pharmacology (6th), Education (28th), Veterinary Science (35th), Nursing (38th) Geography (39th), Law (41st) and Agriculture & Forestry (42nd).

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International ranking

More than 4,226 universities worldwide were evaluated as part of the survey, with 945 institutions ranked in total.

The QS World University Rankings by subject series takes into account the opinion of academics and employers via a global survey. The rankings series is the only international evaluation that allows prospective students to compare universities in their particular area of interest.

Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham, said: “To place so highly across so many subjects out of so many universities across the globe is a fantastic achievement and is a reflection of the exceptional teaching standards and quality of subjects we offer here at Nottingham. We are particularly proud to see that Pharmacy placed in the top 10 once again.”

Reputational surveys

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is the leading global provider of higher education and careers information, independent research. Its activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2,000 international universities and business schools. 

The rankings are based on research citations, alongside reputational surveys of over 90,000 academics and graduate employers worldwide.

This latest ranking follows on the back of the results of the latest High Fliers survey, which found Nottingham to be one of the top choices for graduate employers. The latest report showed that the University had come second for the second time in a row in the list of universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2015-16.

 Dr Greatrix added: “This latest ranking success, coupled with our placing in the High Fliers survey, shows that we offer a fully rounded experience to our students both in terms of quality of teaching and in work experience.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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Charlotte Anscombe – Media Relations Manager (Arts and Social Sciences)

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