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The University of Birmingham has risen in the Complete University Guide rankings

The University of Birmingham has risen two places in the annual Complete University Guide rankings.

Now placed at 13th among the 130 UK Universities ranked this year, Birmingham’s rise follows recent global rankings successes in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) Global 2000 index and the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Every year the Complete University Guide releases UK university and subject league tables to support prospective students in making informed decisions about their future.

The Complete University Guide rankings demonstrate that the University of Birmingham is an excellent education destination for prospective students from across Britain and beyond. Birmingham students benefit from an outstanding research-intensive education that develops the knowledge, skills and attributes sought after by employers and delivers great career prospects for our graduates.

Professor Deborah Longworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) - University of Birmingham

Professor Deborah Longworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) said: “The Complete University Guide rankings demonstrate that the University of Birmingham is an excellent education destination for prospective students from across Britain and beyond.

“Birmingham students benefit from an outstanding research-intensive education that develops the knowledge, skills and attributes sought after by employers and delivers great career prospects for our graduates.

“Birmingham was recently revealed as the UK university most targeted by the country’s leading graduate employers, according to ‘The Graduate Market in 2024’. We are proud to be a destination of choice for students wishing to secure a top-flight career.”

The Complete University Guide attracts over 10 million visitors each year. Its main league table is based on ten measures: entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, academic services spend, spending on student facilities, continuation, student-staff ratio, graduate prospects – outcomes, and graduate prospects – on track.

Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said: "Our methodology, rooted in independent measures, reflects vital aspects cherished by students, such as post-graduation job prospects, ratio of staff to students and the quality of the teaching.”

The University of Birmingham’s success in the CWUR Global 2000 index is based on seven outcome-based indicators grouped into four areas (education, employability, faculty, and research) to rank the world’s universities

Birmingham recently maintained its position amongst the best performing research-intensive universities in the world – with seven areas placing in the Top 50 of the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Two of the University’s five faculty areas are in the top 100 of the prestigious global ranking – with Life Sciences & Medicine at 68 and Arts & Humanities placing at 64.

Sport, Dentistry, English, Theology, Anatomy & Physiology, Performing Arts, and Linguistics all place in the Top 50. Once again Sport is in the top 10 (7) with Linguistics rising 21 places to 28, Performing Arts up three places to 49 and English up one place to 26.

There are 27 subject areas in the top 100 – an increase of five on last year with Civil Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mechanical Engineering, and Modern Languages all new to the top 100 for 2024.