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University of Cambridge Ranking 2019-2020

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A part of the “golden triangle” of English institutions, University of Cambridge ranking has always been among the top 10 universities of the world. It is the fourth oldest university and was established by the alumni of University of Oxford. That's why both these institutions have a lot in common. They are often referred to as “Oxbridge”.

University of Cambridge is divided into 31 autonomous colleges and thus referred to as a “collegiate” public research institution. Programs offered by these colleges also rank within top 10 across the world including arts and humanities, law, computer science, etc.

University of Cambridge Ranking Highlights

THE World Ranking 20203
QS News World Ranking 20207
CWUR World Ranking 2019-204
World Reputation Ranking 20194
Global Employability Ranking 20208
FT MBA Ranking 202019
THE Law Ranking 20202
US News UK Ranking 20202

University of Cambridge World Ranking

According to the QS News Ranking of 2020, University of Cambridge ranked at 7th position, only 3 places below Oxford University which is another prestigious and top university of the UK. Although the university is still a dream of many students, its ranking has been dropping continuously from the past five years.

QS World Ranking

The rank dropped from 3 in 2016 to 7 in 2020. One of the reasons for this downfall is declining research performance of the university which is measured by the number of citations published per faculty. The overall score achieved by is 95 on a scale of hundred.

Following table breaks down the score achieved by University of Cambridge as per the QS News ranking criteria of 2020:

Academic Reputation100
Employer Reputation 100
Faculty Student100
Citations per Faculty74.2
International Faculty100
International Students97.6

According to THE, another popular ranking agency, the position of University of Cambridge improved from 6th in 2011 to 3rd in 2020. Yet, the citation and industry outcome score of the university is not promising.

THE World Ranking

Ranking criteria and the corresponding score are given to the University of Cambridge is provided as follows:

Criteria Score
International Outlook95
Industry Income59.3

Moving on to the Graduate Employability Ranking of 2020 which is also given by QS News, University of Cambridge was placed at 8th position. Here also a significant drop has been observed from 5th in 2017 to 8th in 2020. Low graduate employment rate and decreasing number of partnerships with employers are considered responsible for this decrease in ranking.

Graduate Employability Ranking

University of Cambridge ranks at 4th according to the World Reputation Ranking of 2019. It is given by THE and ranks universities across the world on the basis of two criteria: research and teaching. European Teaching Rankings 2019 places this university at 2nd position.

CWUR 2019-2020 ranked University of Cambridge at 4th place in the top university ranking with an overall score of 94.1 on a 100 point scale. Ranking improved from 5th position in 2010 to 3rd position in 2019, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

University of Cambridge Courses Ranking

Most of the University of Cambridge courses are ranked with top 10 among across top universities of the world. Course-wise University of Cambridge ranking along with the academic score, according to THE list of 2020, is tabulated below:

SubjectWorld RankingOverall Score
Arts and Humanities286.7
Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health380.4
Engineering and Technology395.2
Life Sciences196.2
Physical Sciences394.6
Social Sciences587.9
Business and Economics488.8
Computer Science 589.9
European Teaching280.1

According to QS News Ranking of 2020, MBA program of University of Cambridge offered by the Cambridge Judge Business School ranked at 15th among top universities offering MBA in the world. In the Financial Times list of 100 best MBA programs in 2020, it is placed at 19th position.

MBA Ranking

As per the US News and World Report, various courses of University of Cambridge are as follows among the world universities for the year 2020:

Arts and Humanities3Clinical Medicine21
Biology and Biochemistry5Computer Science66
Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems61Economics and Business19
Chemistry13Electrical and Electronic Engineering134
Civil Engineering69Environment/Ecology22
Immunology47Material Science18
Mathematics8Mechanical Engineering34
Microbiology22Molecular Biology and Genetics5
Neuroscience and Behaviour13Oncology31
Pharmacology and Toxicology44Physics9
Plant and Animal Science12Physiatry/Psychology14
Social Sciences and Public Health12Surgery53

University of Cambridge National Ranking

When it comes to studying in the UK, University of Cambridge is one of the popular choices among international students. The only other university from this country which is as popular as University of Cambridge is University of Oxford. It is ranked at 1st position among the universities of the UK, as per the CWUR ranking of 2020.

According to US News and World Report of 2020, it is ranked as the 2nd best global university of the UK as well as in Europe. 85.5 score was acquired by the university out of 100. US News and World Report used 13 indicators to give the overall score.

University of Cambridge ranking on each of the 13 indicators among top universities of the world are tabulated below:

IndicatorGlobal Rank 2020
Global Research Reputation5
Regional Research Reputation12
Normalized Citation Impact60
Total Citations9
Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited10
Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited38
International collaboration - relative to country243
International collaboration139
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited9
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited66

University of Cambridge has been a secondary position to University of Oxford by various ranking agencies. Two major factors where this university lags behind is industry outlook and research performance. Still, thousands of students apply to get admission here because of its prestige and high-quality education.

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