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    Durham University Global Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings, Ranking by Agencies, Ranking Comparisons

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    Durham University is among the World's top 100 universities and an elite multi-disciplinary university that has a global reputation for both high-quality research and educational excellence. Programs offered by Durham University are officially recognized by the Privy Council, Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), and British Psychological Society.

    • Durham University is made up of three faculties: Arts and Humanities, Science and Social Science, and Health. It comprises 16 colleges with 25 departments and schools that come together to offer over 200 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses, as well as research programs.
    • The University of Durham gained its most prominent rank in the year 2016 when it was at the 61st position in all over the world.
    • Since, then, the ranking has slipped a little, gaining prominence again in 2019. Today, although it is doing good in every parameter, it has to work upon the student: faculty ratio, to see the helm again.

    It has a large uniRank enrolment range of 15,000-19,999 students. In 2019, the Financial Times ranked the Online MBA program at 7th in the world and Global MBA at 43rd in the World.

    Durham University World Rankings

    The 2010-2020 strategic plan of the Durham University aimed to be in the top 5 universities in UK (Times/ Sunday Times) and to be in the top 50 universities in the Times Higher Education world university rankings by 2020.

    The ranking agencies take account of various factors and focus on institutions for assessing their performance in each. These factors are usually based on students' experience, research intensiveness of a college, teaching excellence, citations, and more.

    Ranking Agency Rank 2021 Rank 2020
    ARWU - 201-300
    CWTS Leiden - 126
    Quacquarelli Symonds WUR 86 78
    Times Higher Education WUR 149 133
    CWUR 315 294

    Other Major Ranking Highlights

    • Financial Times CSR Rank (2020): 7th
    • THE World Impact Ranking (2020): 101-200th
    • QS Graduate Employability (2020): 88
    • THE World Reputation Rankings (2019): 101-125th
    • THE Best Universities in Europe (2020): 19th

    Durham University QS Rankings

    QS Global World Rankings agency uses the following criteria to determine the overall score of the University to find where it stands in the world rankings:

    Parameters Score Weightage
    Academic Reputation 58 40%
    Employer Reputation 90.2 10%
    Faculty: Student 33.1 20%
    Citations per faculty 68.3 20%
    International Faculty 97.9 5%
    International Students 88.7 5%

    Gathering the data above, the QS system marked an overall score of 62.2, ranking the University of Birmingham at 86th in the World.

    Durham University QS decadal world ranking trend

    In the year 2016, the QS world ranking of the University touched its highest 64. They achieved that by focusing on Research and Innovation. However, the low scores of academic reputation along with student-faculty ratio show the light in the right direction of where the work has to be done.

    Durham University QS Graduate Employability Rank

    Durham University has an overall score of 59.9 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The rankings took different criteria ranging from Employer Reputation, Alumni outcomes, partnership with Employers, and Employer-students Connections.

    • The University of Durham has a spectacular Employer Reputation with a score of 89.1, which means that the companies coming on board for placements are really reputed, offering quality jobs.
    • Measuring other criteria, the University of Durham scores 34.3 in Alumni Outcomes, 54.8 in Partnership with Employers, and 48.9 in Employer-Student Connections.

    Durham University Centre for World University Rankings

    CWUR is the global rating agency that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, using their common criteria of:

    Parameters Rank
    Quality of Education Rank 338
    Alumni Employment Rank 311
    Research Performance Rank 289
    World Rank 315

    These parameters give an overall score of 76.5.

    While the upper three criteria have a set weightage of 25%, 25%, and 10%, respectively, the parameter of Research Performance is mainly emphasized upon. It is composed of:

    • Research Output, measured by the total number of research papers= 10%
    • High-Quality Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals= 10%
    • Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals= 10%
    • Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers= 10%

    Durham university vs Newcastle university Comparison

    Durham University Round University Rankings

    RU Rankings is reliable for the international diversity rankings, which gives the university recognition of international reputation, attracting more students to the university. In the year 2020, Durham University got 124th global rank, with an overall score of 77.674. Different parameters on which the scores are based are:

    Parameter Rank Score
    Teaching Ranking 232 64.180
    Research Ranking 84 86.080
    International Diversity Ranking 27 90.818
    Financial Sustainability Ranking 351 67.665

    Durham University CWTS Leiden Rankings

    The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 offers important insights into the scientific performance of over 1000 major universities worldwide. It provides indicators of scientific impact, collaboration, open access publishing, and gender diversity. It measures the university worth solely on the research done by the university.

    For the year 2020, Durham University was ranked at 415, with the indicators given below:

    Parameter Score of Research
    Research in the top 50% publications 1870
    Research in the top 10% publications 428
    Research in the top 5% publications 202
    Research in the top 1% publications 35
    Total Publications 3182

    Durham University Complete University Guide Rankings

    For the year 2021, the Complete University Guide of the United Kingdom ranks Durham University at 7th rank in the UK. The parameters on which Durham University was placed in the top 10 best universities of the UK are:

    Parameters Rank
    Entry Standards 6th
    Student Satisfaction 83rd
    Research Quality 18th
    Research Intensity 27th
    Graduate Prospects 17th
    Facilities Spend 9th
    Student-staff ratio 40th
    Good Honours 5th
    Degree Completion 6th

    Durham University Financial Times Rankings

    In the Financial Times rankings of the Durham University, the MBA program at Durham University was ranked at 62nd position, low from 43rd in 2019. The three years average rank of the university is 56, globally. The business programs at the university are highly regarded for academic excellence and incisive research with exceptional global business connections. In the Corporate Social Responsibility rankings, the Durham Business School is at the 7th rank.

    The business school at Durham is profoundly known for its academic excellence, incisive research with exceptional global business connections. It provides excellent career development opportunities. School of Business rankings are:

    Parameters Rank
    Value for Money Rank 3
    Career Progress Rank 44
    Careers Service Rank 55
    International Students Rank 95
    Financial Times Research Rank 91

    These parameters have seen an upward trend in recent years. Career Service Rank jumped 27 ranks to reach 55, and International students' parameter rank jumped at 7 places to reach the global rank of 95.

    Durham University vs St Andrews University Comparison

    Durham University The Guardian Rankings

    The Guardian University rankings are a reliable source of getting to know the different parameters on which the national universities of the UK rank. For the year 2021, Durham University scored an overall score of 81.5, and ranked 4, just below Cambridge, St. Andrews, and Oxford. It replaced Loughborough University to take the 4th rank. Parameters on which the University got ranked:

    Parameter Scores
    Satisfied with Course 86.1
    Satisfied with Teaching 85.3
    Satisfied with Feedback 71.8
    The student to Staff Ratio 14.7
    Spend-per Student/10 5.9
    Average Entry Tariff 188
    Value-added Score/ 10 7
    Career after 15 months 89
    Continuation 98

    Durham University vs University of Oxford Comparison

    Durham University QS Subject Rankings

    A record 19 Durham subjects are in the World Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the World top 50.

    The Financial Times got the alumni ratings of different subjects of the Durham Business School and on a scale of 1 to 10, ranked the different programs. The stats are as follows:

    Subject Rankings of the Durham University according to the QS World Subject Rankings, and The Complete University Guide for National Universities of UK, are as follows:

    Program QS (World) Complete University Guide (UK)
    Archaeology 4 3
    Geography 10 4
    Anthropology 25 8th
    Classics & Ancient History 12 4th
    Law & Legal Studies 43 10th
    Chemistry 51-100 4th
    Computer Science and Information System 251-300 5th
    Business and Management Studies 101-150 9th
    Economics - 7th
    Philosophy 51-100 7th
    Psychology 51-100 -
    Accounting & Finance 102-150 7th
    Medicine 201-250 -

    Durham University has the highest graduate employment rate of any UK university and gets high academic attention from the students. It is a great university in the United Kingdom, which attracts international students from all over the world. Subjects got a high rating and debarring some criteria, the University has got a great reputation in the world.

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