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In total, Exeter features in 33 of the 54 subjects listed in the latest edition of the Shanghai Rankings Global Rankings of Academic Subjects 2021 

Exeter subjects ranked in the world top 100

Subjects from across the sciences and humanities at the University of Exeter have been ranked amongst the world’s best, according to an influential international league table. 

Eleven subjects have been ranked among the top 100 globally in the latest Shanghai Rankings, released today. 

Geography is the highest placed subject, placed 7th in the world, while three other subjects – Ecology (11th), Public Administration (17th), and Atmospheric Science (44), also appear in the top 50. 

Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering, Mining and Mineral Engineering, Political Sciences and Sociology are all placed in the 51-75 range, while other notable entries Water Resources and Remote Sensing feature in the 76-100 ranking range. Eighteen further subjects are ranked in the top 200. 

In total, Exeter features in 33 of the 54 subjects listed in the latest edition of the Shanghai Rankings Global Rankings of Academic Subjects 2021 

Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said: “I am delighted that the world-leading research that is conducted by University of Exeter researchers has been recognised in these important, international rankings.

"Our researchers in both sciences and humanities in Exeter and Cornwall excel at combining discovery research with exposing and tackling some of the key issues being faced on a global stage, to create healthier, sustainable, and socially-just futures for all.”  

For the new table, more than 4,000 universities were ranked in five different fields: the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. 

The results were determined by measuring the quantity, quality, influence and impact of research at each institution, as well as the extent of international collaboration and the number of staff recognised with awards. 

Date: 26 May 2021

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