An aerial view of the Piazza on Streatham Campus

Exeter has retained its position as number one in the world for its pivotal research, actions and commitment towards clean water and better sanitation in the latest influential rankings.

The University of Exeter has been placed 153rd in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings, release today (June 27th 2023).

Exeter saw a 10-place rise globally in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2024, placing it among the very best institutions worldwide. The latest rankings also placed Exeter at 23rd nationally.

This is the 20th year that QS has published its World University Rankings. This year’s is the largest ever, with 1,500 universities across 104 locations participating.

The results are based on the distribution and performance of 17.5 million
academic papers, and 141.6 million citations. This year’s ranking have also introduced three new metrics – Sustainability, Employment Outcomes and International Research Network.

Earlier this year, Exeter’s subjects from across disciplines were also recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, with 17 subjects positioned in top 100 – with five in the top 50 – in the QS World University Subject Rankings.  

The highest ranked subject is Mining Engineering which is placed 15th=  in the world – and 1st in the UK.  Elsewhere, the University’s Sports-Related Subjects (21st), Geography (27th), Classics and Ancient History (34th), and Environmental Sciences (49th) all feature in the elite Top 50 grouping.   

Other notable entries include Archaeology, English Language & Literature, History, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Theology, Nursing, Psychology, Geology, Earth & Marine Sciences, Geophysics, and Politics & International Studies, which all feature within the global Top 100.