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Rankings and league tables

In the past year, Surrey has established itself as a top-ten university in the three 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 also ranked within the top one per cent of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2015.

Key subject rankings by league table

The Guardian University Guide 2016

1st Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism
2nd Accounting and Finance
2nd Electronic and Electrical Engineering
3rd Drama and Dance
3rd Sociology
4th Economics
4th Music
5th Psychology
6th Mathematics
7th Biosciences
7th Business, Management and Marketing
7th Civil Engineering
8th Computer Science and Information Systems
11th Modern Languages and Linguistics

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 2016

1st Food Science
2nd Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism
2nd Nursing
3rd Drama, Dance & Cinematics
3rd Materials Technology
5th Sociology
6th Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
7th Medical Technology
8th Civil Engineering
8th Electrical & Electronic Engineering
10th Sports Science
10th Linguistics
11th Communication & Media Studies
11th Economics
11th General Engineering
11th Physics & Astronomy
12th Accounting & Finance

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.

"The University of Surrey has well and truly gone from strength to strength when it comes to its position in the Complete University Guide."

The Complete University Guide website