Newcastle praised in prestigious global rankings

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Prestigious global higher education rankings have rated many of Newcastle University’s subjects as among the best in the world.

Published on 28th February, the QS World University Rankings highly praises Newcastle University, listing 28 of its subjects from all three faculties. This is the highest number of courses that the University has ever had featured in the Rankings.

Newcastle University is  the 161st best higher education institution in the world

The University was even listed in the top 100 for five subjects: Architecture, Linguistics, Anatomy, Geography, and Dentistry, for which it is ranked 40th globally.  Many other disciplines were highly praised, including Economics, Engineering, Medicine, Archaeology, Biology and the new Pharmacy degree programme.

Linguistics, French and German student Kate Belcher evidenced the University’s teaching success: “The Linguistics department offers a great range of modules, meaning you can study subject areas which interest you, and the department is led by staff who are knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects they teach and research.”

Linguistics, French and German student Jonah Richardson similarly praised the department, saying: “From their knowledge and passion it is clear that the lecturers of Newcastle University’s linguistics department are at the forefront of their field.”

Other students have also spoken highly of the University, highlighting the international context of many degrees, opportunities for working, studying and researching abroad, and the staff’s commitment to and passion for their subjects.

The QS Rankings overall placed Newcastle University as the 161st best higher education institution in the world.

The QS compiles its ranking by analysing a combination of performance indicators including the universities’ academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper and an H-index, which measures the productivity and impact of the publications of the institutions’ academics. This year the QS looked at 48 subjects from 1130 institutions in 151 countries, and analysed over 22 million papers.

Overall the UK has performed well in the Rankings, however its success in arts and humanities subjects by far exceeds its success in engineering and technology.

Professor Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Engagement and Internationalisation, expressed the University’s delight over the findings, describing it as “a testament to the quality and impact of our research.”

The success in the QS Rankings further demonstrates Newcastle University’s powerful reputation both nationally and internationally and follows the University’s success in a variety of other league tables.

This includes being placed in the Top 30 UK institutions in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and featuring as 105th in the world in the 2017 Leiden Ranking.

Last modified: 12th March 2018

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