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Loughborough subjects ranked amongst the world’s elite

Eleven subject areas at Loughborough University have been rated in the top 200 in the world, according to this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today (8 May).

Communication and Media Studies is Loughborough’s highest-ranked subject, coming 47th in the world.

Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering are rated in the top 100, while Civil and Structural Engineering, Geography, Materials Science and Sociology were ranked in the top 150. Accounting and Finance, Chemical Engineering, Education, Politics and International Studies, and Psychology were all ranked in the top 200.

David Deacon, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis and Head of the Department of Social Sciences, said: “We are delighted that Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough has been rated so well in this international league table. It is regularly ranked very highly in the UK, so this latest result is further testament to the quality of the subject at Loughborough.”

Now in its 3rd year, The QS World University Rankings by Subject series takes into the account the opinion of academics and employers via a global survey.

A total of 2,858 universities were evaluated, with 678 institutions in the world, and 110 in the UK, appearing in the tables. Just 65 of the UK’s universities have subjects ranked in the top 200.


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/75

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.


Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
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