University of Birmingham rises in the rankings

The University of Birmingham has improved its ranking three places in the 2020 Guardian University Guide, rising to 16th in the UK.

The University was also highly ranked in a range of subject rankings, placing first in American Studies, second in History of Art, third in Anthropology, fourth in Physics, fourth in Sports Science, fifth in “Engineering: Materials & Minerals”, fifth in English and Creative Writing, sixth in Chemical Engineering, sixth in Music, seventh in Philosophy, and seventh in Theology.

The good result in the 2020 Guardian University Guide follows the news that the University also improved its position in The Complete University Guide 2020 league table. The Complete University Guide saw the University of Birmingham climb two places to reach 13th in the UK and top in the West Midlands region for graduate prospects. The University also appears in the top ten for 27 of the 39 subjects offered to students, finishing top in the UK for American Studies.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Birmingham, said:

“We are proud to be able to be able to say that, as one of the world’s leading universities, we continue to improve our reputation and standing in the sector. These results reflect the quality of our teaching, investment in services to support students and our sector leading facilities.”

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About the University of Birmingham

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, and its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from nearly 150 countries.

  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Bramall Music Building

  • Cadbury Research Library
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology

  • Winterbourne House and Garden
  • University Music


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