As thousands of new students arrive to take the next step in their education, the University of Birmingham has climbed up the national rankings.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 has placed Birmingham 15th overall, up from 16th last year. The University of Birmingham is now ranked ninth within the Russell Group of leading research intensive universities, ahead of Nottingham and Manchester.

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Birmingham, the outgoing University of the Year for 2013-14, has also been ranked fourth in the UK for graduate prospects, with 84 per cent of its students in professional jobs or graduate level study six months after graduation.

Within the ranking’s specialist subject tables, the University of Birmingham is named as the best place in the UK to study Sports Science. Birmingham is ranked second in the UK for Creative Writing, Physics and Astronomy and Psychology, with its courses in Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Italian and Music all categorised within the top five.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.


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The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 provides students and their parents with a first reference point on the path to finding a university place.

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