Our rankings in UK league tables 2014–2015

The Complete University Guide 2015

In the latest Complete University Guide league table for 2015, Birmingham is ranked 17th out of 123 institutions surveyed.

For more information on how the guide is compiled see the methodology used in compiling the Complete University Guide.

Subject rankings

43 of our academic subject areas featured in the top 20.

Top 5: Birmingham was ranked in the top 5 for the following subjects:

  • American Studies (5)
  • History of Art, Architecture and Design (5)
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism (1)
  • Middle Eastern and African Studies (4)
  • Sport Science (2)

Top 10:Birmingham was ranked in the top 10 for the following subjects:

  • Archaeology (8)
  • Chemical Engineering (6)
  • Computer Science (7)
  • Dentistry (8)
  • Drama, dance and cinematics (9)
  • German (9)
  • Medicine (7)
  • Music (9)
  • Physics and Astronomy (6)
  • Psychology (8)
  • Social Policy (7)
  • Theology and Religious Studies (6)

Top 20: Birmingham made it into the top 20 for the following subjects:

  • Aeronautical and manufacturing engineering (13)
  • Biological Sciences (15)
  • Business and Management Studies (13)
  • Chemistry (16)
  • Classics and ancient history (14)
  • Economics (17)
  • Education (13)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (19)
  • English (19)
  • French (13)
  • Geography and environmental sciences (18)
  • Geology (19)
  • History (16)
  • Iberian Languages (18)
  • Italian (13)
  • Law (19)
  • Materials technology (11)
  • Mathematics (17)
  • Mechanical Engineering (16)
  • Philosophy (17)
  • Physiotherapy (19)
  • Politics (13)
  • Russian and East European languages (15)
  • Social Work (11)
  • Sociology (19)
  • Town and Country Planning and Landscape Design (14)

The Guardian University Guide 2016

In the latest Guardian University Guide 2016 Birmingham is ranked 17th out of 119 institutions surveyed.

For more information on how the guide is compiled see the methodology used in compiling the Guardian University Guide.

Subject rankings

33 of our academic subjects appear in amongst the top 20 rankings for their areas.

Top 5: Birmingham was ranked in the top 5 for the following areas:

  • Chemical Engineering (3)
  • Computer Science and IT (4)
  • Materials and Mineral Engineering (5)
  • Physics (4)
  • Sports Science (4)

Top 10:Birmingham was ranked in the top 10 for the following subjects:

  • American Studies (8)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (9)
  • Dentistry (8)
  • Drama and Dance (9)
  • Mechcanical Engineering (6)
  • Music (9)
  • Philosophy (10)
  • Politics (7)
  • Pscychology (7)
  • Sociology (6)

Top 20: Birmingham made it into the top 20 for the following subjects:

  • Biosciences (15)
  • Building and Town Planning (13)
  • Classics and Ancient History (12)
  • Earth and Marine Sciences (15)
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (12)
  • English and Creative Writing (11)
  • Health Professions (12)
  • History (18)
  • History of Art (13)
  • Hospitality, Events and Tourism (12)
  • Mathematics (16)
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics (19)
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology (17)
  • Religious Studies and Theology (13)
  • Social Policy and Administration (18)
  • Social Work (15)

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015

In The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, Birmingham is ranked 15th out of 121 universities surveyed and was also awarded University of the Year 2013-2014.

Note: The Times and The Sunday Times websites now sit behind a paywall meaning we are unable to provide accurate links to their rankings or methodology.