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Queen’s University Belfast rises ten places in latest Complete University Guide league table

Queen’s University Belfast has climbed ten places to 24th position in the UK in this year’s Complete University Guide league table.

Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast

The latest table also shows 24 of Queen’s subjects are ranked in the top 20 for their discipline.

Queen’s has been ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work (up seven places from last year), 1st in the UK for Agriculture and Forestry (retaining top position from last year) and 1st in the UK for Dentistry (up one place from last year).

Two subjects have also been ranked 2nd in the UK, Information Technology & Systems and Pharmacology and Pharmacy.

Both Agriculture and Forestry and Information Technology and Systems subjects have been ranked 1st in the UK for Research Quality.

Other highly rated subjects include:

· 4th in the UK for Food Science

· 5th in the UK for Celtic Studies

· 6th in the UK for Nursing

· 9th in the UK for Accounting and Finance

· 9th in the UK for Biological Sciences

· 9th in the UK for Law

· 10th in the UK for Medicine

· 10th in the UK for Architecture

The Complete University Guide league table is based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities and Completion.

The subject tables are based on five measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Graduate Prospects – outcomes and Graduate Prospects – on track.

Speaking on the results, Professor Ian Greer, Vice-Chancellor and President of Queen’s University Belfast, said: “Over the past year my colleagues have worked exceptionally hard to deliver a world-class education for our students.

“It’s particularly pleasing to see Social Work and Dentistry feature first in the UK for subject rankings this year, and I am delighted to see our Agriculture and Forestry subject area retaining its first place.

“These results are testament to Queen’s delivery of world-class education by world-leading academics at the forefront of their disciplines, and to our significant investment in the student experience, resulting in high levels of student satisfaction.”

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Connect, which runs the Complete University Guide, said: “With more prospective students actively researching their options each year, the 2023 Complete University Guide league tables will serve as an important guide.

“We believe these rankings help them to make the right decisions as they consider their next steps into higher education.”

Queen’s University research has been recently rated joint first in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science and 4th in the UK for Health and Biomedical Sciences by the REF 2021. Law research has been ranked 8th in the UK.

The recent Research Excellence Framework also highlighted the impact of Queen’s research in areas including applied health, conflict resolution, cyber security and engineering.