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Rankings and league tables

In recent years, Surrey has established itself as a top-ten university in major national university league table rankings.

We have also been named both 'University of the Year' and 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

UK rankings at a glance

University of the Year 

  • University of the Year 2016 
  • University of the Year for Student Experience 2016

(In the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

Key subject rankings by UK league table

The Guardian University Guide 2017

1st Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism
1st Music
2nd Business and Management
2nd Drama and Dance
3rd Criminology
3rd Engineering: Electronic
3rd Nursing and Midwifery
5th Psychology
6th Modern Languages and Linguistics
6th Sociology
7th Biosciences
7th Chemistry
12th Accounting and Finance
12th Politics

The methodology of the Guardian University Guide focuses on subject-level league tables, ranking institutions that provide each subject according to their relevant statistics.

Eight statistical measures are employed to approximate a university’s performance in teaching each subject. The measures are knitted together to get a Guardian score, against which institutions are ranked.

"The majority of undergraduate students undertake a work-based professional training year – this is, after all, the university that pioneered sandwich degrees. The university is famous for its consistently outstanding employment record."

- The Guardian University Guide website

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 

1st Food Science
2nd Animal Science
4th Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
5th Creative Writing
6th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
6th Electronic Engineering
6th Subjects Allied to Medicine
7th Biological Sciences
7th Nursing
8th Iberian Languages
8th Mechanical Engineering
10th English
11th Economics

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide takes into account student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards, graduate prospects, firsts and 2:1s, completion rates, student-staff ratio, and services and facilities spend.

"Students love the University of Surrey, our University of the Year, which appears in our top ten for the first time this year.

"It heads our table for providing the best student experience, winning our award for this measure also, one of just two universities to break the 90 per cent mark for this in our analysis of this year’s National Student Survey (NSS)."

- The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide website

The Complete University Guide 2018

1st Food Science
1st Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
2nd Nursing
3rd Materials Technology
4th Iberian Languages
5th French
5th Linguistics
5th Medical Technology
6th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
6th Biological Sciences
7th Creative Writing
7th Drama, Dance and Cinematics
7th Electrical and Electronic Engineering
7th Sports Science
8th Mechanical Engineering
10th General Engineering
10th German
11th Sociology
12th Computer Science

The Complete University Guide league table measures ten key aspects of university activity using the most recent data available at the time of compilation. Five measures are used: student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards and graduate prospects.

International league tables

QS World University Rankings

Times Higher Education rankings

We are 279th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 and 126th in its list of the Best universities in Europe (2017).