Birmingham scores seven Top 50 global hits in 2018 subject rankings

Students at the University of Birmingham

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

And just months after Birmingham was chosen to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 again confirm that Birmingham is the fifth best university on the planet at which to study sports-related subjects.

This year’s ratings place six other subject areas at Birmingham into the Top 50: Education, English Language & Literature, Linguistics, Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies, Development Studies and Dentistry.

The University has a further 20 subject areas ranked in the Top 100, including Chemical Engineering, Earth and Marine Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Materials Science.

The 2018 subject rankings demonstrate the University of Birmingham’s continued strength across a number of subject areas, with 27 subjects ranking within the world top 100.

Professor Kathy Armour, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) said: “We offer an outstanding research-intensive education at the University of Birmingham and I’m delighted that the latest survey of more than 500 universities world-wide reflects this. We are a destination of choice for those wishing to secure a top-flight career in many areas.

“With 27 subject areas in the top 100, six in the top 50 and sports-related subjects in the top five, the rankings reflect the strength and breadth of our world-leading research and education. The survey recognises the University of Birmingham as a place for leading scientists, professionals and students who want to be involved in world-class research and achieve a degree that will enhance professional opportunities around the world.”

Birmingham has a reputation for providing a world-class training environment, not only for its own international student-athletes, but also for hosting international athletes ahead of world sporting events. The University will also provide competition venues during Birmingham 2022.

This year’s rankings cover 48 subject areas, in each of which over 500 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 by subject. The rankings are compiled using indicators selected to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject area, plus research impact.

The 2018 results draw on the opinions of more than 74,000 academics and 44,000 employers, alongside analysis of millions of research papers and research citations.


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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 4,000 international students from nearly 150 countries.
  • The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 feature 2 new subjects this year, meaning the rankings now cover a total of 48 disciplines.
  • The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are used to rank universities. More information about this year’s methodology is available.
  • All 48 tables included in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject are available via the free QS World University Rankings app, available for iPhone and Android. More information on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 can be found here: