The University of Birmingham is among the top 50 places in the world to study dentistry, according to a prestigious global survey of universities.

Ranked first in the country for Dentistry in terms of 4* and 3* research, Birmingham’s School of Dentistry has risen 24 places in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 and is ranked as the 17th best dental school on the planet.

This year’s ratings put three other subject areas at Birmingham into the Top 50: Education, Geography and English Language & Literature.

There are a further 19 Birmingham subject areas that score in the Top 100. These include: Law, Mineral & Mining Engineering, Law, Social Policy & Administration, Archaeology, Chemical Engineering, and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Philip Lumley, Head of the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry said: “This latest survey demonstrates that our School of Dentistry continues to deliver excellent teaching and research opportunities. It is a destination of choice for those wishing to secure a top-flight career in dentistry.

“The rankings also show that the University of Birmingham is a place for leading scientists, professionals and students who want to be involved in world-class research, or achieve a degree that will enhance professional opportunities around the world.”

This year’s rankings cover 42 subject areas, in each of which universities are assessed. If the institution both offers the subject and produces a sufficient number of research papers it will be given a score.

From these scores, a ranking table is produced to display anything from the leading 50 to the leading 500 institutions for the subject. The rankings are compiled using indicators selected to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject area, alongside research impact in the field.

The 2016 results draw on the opinions of more than 76,000 academics and 44,000 employers, alongside analysis of over 28 million research papers and some 113 million research citations.


Notes to Editors

·         The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries.

·         The new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry at Pebble Mill, Edgbaston opens in April 2016.

·         Managed by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the £50 million building is the new home of specialist dental treatment for West Midlands’ patients and also houses the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry, strengthening a partnership delivering dental health and education in the city since 1880.

·         The four-storey building provides a range of high-quality clinical dental services for the public in one wing, while a second wing will offer world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees each academic year.

·         More information on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 can be found here: 

For more information, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312