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University of Sheffield rankings continue to confirm Sheffield as a top university

Posted 23 August 2016
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The Guardian University Guide and Complete University Guide have both released their annual league table rankings for 2017, featuring the University of Sheffield highly in both.

What are league table rankings?

League table rankings are lists of universities ordered, or ranked, according to various criteria. These rankings are released every year and usually created by newspapers, governments or academics. Each ranking calculates their table with specific requirements, but all look at similar qualities. Student satisfaction, graduate prospects and grades are just a few of the qualities rankings look at. Some rankings only look at universities in the UK, while others evaluate universities worldwide.

League table rankings are a reliable way of comparing universities to help you identify the best options for you.

The Guardian University Guide 2017

The Guardian University Guide ranks the University of Sheffield 41st in the UK, raising one spot from the previous year. The University of Sheffield also appeared in the top 10 for 5 subjects:

  • 3rd Engineering: Civil
  • 8th Nursing & Midwifery
  • 9th Forensic Science and Archaeology 
  • 9th Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations
  • 10th Engineering: Materials and Mineral

The Complete University Guide 2017

The Complete University Guide 2017 ranks the University of Sheffield 27th in the UK overall, with 11 courses appearing in the top 10:

  • 1st Librarianship & Information Management
  • 2nd Linguistics
  • 4th Communication & Media Studies
  • 5th Architecture
  • 5th Social Work
  • 6th Opthalmics
  • 7th Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design
  • 7th Nursing
  • 8th Civil Engineering
  • 8th Politics
  • 9th Materials Technology