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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.

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University rankings at a glance

Surrey is ranked within the top one per cent of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2015 and is 18th in the QS league table of the world's highest-performing universities under 50 years old.

We are 43rd in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the top 150 universities under 50 years old and are included in the publication's European University Top 200 Rankings.

Key subject rankings by 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 2016

1st Animal Science
1st Food Science
2nd Nursing
2nd Subjects Allied to Medicine
3rd Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
7th Creative Writing
8th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
8th Biological Sciences
8th Drama, Dance and Cinematics
8th Music
8th Physics and Astronomy
9th Sociology
10th Communication and Media Studies
11th Business Studies
11th Economics
11th Iberian Languages

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 2017

1st Food Science
1st Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
2nd Materials Technology
4th Nursing
4th Medical Technology
6th Drama, Dance and Cinematics
6th Electrical and Electronic Engineering
7th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
7th Creative Writing
7th Sports Science
8th Biological Sciences
8th Mechanical Engineering
8th Sociology
8th Civil Engineering
9th Iberian Languages
9th French
9th Music
10th Communication and Media Studies
10th Physics and Astronomy
11th Psychology
12th Business and Management Studies
12th Chemistry
12th General Engineering

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.