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The University of Southampton

Southampton rises to 17th in the Complete University Guide

Published: 9 June 2020
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The University of Southampton has made a welcome return within the top 20 of the 2021 Complete University Guide, published online.

Southampton is placed 17th overall out of 130 universities listed in the Guide’s annual league table - a rise of three places making it the highest climber of any university within the top 20 this year.

The University also has 15 subject areas placed within the top 10 nationally with Physiotherapy ranked number one in the UK for a second successive year.

Southampton is also ranked in the top five for Aural & Oral Sciences (2nd), Occupational Therapy (2nd), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (4th) and Music (5th).

A further 10 subjects make the top 10, including Nursing (6th), Civil Engineering (6th), Marketing (7th), Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (7th), Anatomy & Physiology (7th), French (8th), Iberian Languages (8th), German (8th), Geology (10th), and Mechanical Engineering (10th).

University of Southampton President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E Smith, said: “With all the uncertainty around at the moment it is really pleasing to see this very positive move in the latest CUG rankings, with the University of Southampton back inside the top 20 overall which very much reflects our emphasis on quality, be it teaching or research. It confirms that students receive a very high quality education here. As a nationally-relevant, world-leading university, Southampton will continue to press forward thanks to the dedication of our staff and students who I want to thank for keeping us amongst the top echelons of UK universities.”

Southampton’s overall place in the table is based on several criteria : entry standards, student satisfaction, research excellence and intensity, graduate prospects, student-staff ratio, university spending on services and facilities, graduates receiving a first or upper second class honours degree, and degree completion.

You’ll find the full Complete University Guide institutional and subject tables here .

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