Strathclyde top for seven subjects in UK-wide University guide

University of Strathclyde campus

The University of Strathclyde has been ranked in the top 10 for 16 subjects - and first in the UK for seven - in a UK-wide university guide, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

Only the University of Cambridge, which is ranked first overall, is top of more subject tables than Strathclyde in the Complete University Guide 2019.

Strathclyde is ranked in 33 of the 70 subject tables in the guide, which has singled out the University’s performance as “particularly noteworthy.”

Strathclyde is ranked first in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Aural & Oral Sciences
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism
  • Medical Technology
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • Social Policy (joint)

The University was also ranked first in the previous year’s guide for three of these subjects – Aural & Oral Sciences, Medical Technology and Social Policy.

There are top five placings for Strathclyde in Architecture, Forensic Science and Marketing and top 10 rankings in a further six subjects: Business & Management Studies; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electronic & Electrical Engineering; General Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Overall, Strathclyde has risen five places in the guide to joint 40th.

The Complete University Guide ranks 131 universities across the UK. At subject level, ratings were made according to five measures: entry standards; student satisfaction; research quality, research intensity and graduate prospects. In the main table, universities  were also ranked for: student-staff ratio; academic services spend; facilities spend; good honours and degree competition.  


According to the Guide, Scottish universities have particularly “shone” in the separate subject tables this year. The seven number one ratings for Strathclyde account for more than a third of the Scottish total of 19, which marks a significant increase from the six top spots last year.

Out of 14 Scottish universities, 12 appear in a subject Top Ten and seven are top of at least one subject table. No other region has as many different universities in top tens or top spots.

As a whole, Scotland also recorded the highest mean Entry Standards and awarded the greatest proportion of good honours - either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree - of any region.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of, said: “We are pleased to be able to provide the first full ranking of all 131 eligible UK universities... throughout, uppermost in our stance has been what’s best for university applicants and ultimately, for the universities themselves.

“The underlying data in our independent rankings are theirs and their appearance gives both the public at large and the universities an opportunity to compare and contrast in an open and flexible way.”