Rankings of University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a world-renowned collegiate research university in Cambridge, England. The university is made up of 31 semi-autonomous colleges, with more than 150 academic departments and faculties organised into six schools. Famous for its tough selection process, getting into Cambridge is often considered an achievement by itself!

Latest ranking updates for University of Cambridge
  • September 2023: THE World University Rankings update. University of Cambridge achieves place 5.
  • September 2023: Publication of The Guardian University League Tables by Subject (Business and Management). Ranking position #2.
  • September 2023: The Guardian News and Media Limited announced latest results of The Guardian League Table with University of Cambridge in position 3.
  • August 2023: ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking update. University of Cambridge achieves place 4.

University rankings

    • #2 
    • #3 
    The Times Good University Guide
    [Published 16 September, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    The Guardian League Table
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    CUG The Complete University Guide
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    THE World University Rankings
    [Published 27 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    QS World University Rankings
    [Published 27 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #11 
    QS Employability Rankings
    [Published 23 September, 2021]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    THE Global Employability University Ranking
    [Published 23 November, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #18 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities
    [Published 23 October, 2019]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    THE World Reputation Rankings
    [Published 16 November, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #8 
    US News: Best Global Universities
    [Published 24 October, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 15 August, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #9 
    THE World’s Most International Universities
    [Published 25 January, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #30 
    CWTS Leiden Ranking
    [Published 22 June, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #19 
    Scimago Institutions Rankings
    [Published 06 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    CWUR Center for World University Rankings
    [Published 25 April, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #12 
    Nature Index - Academic
    [Published 15 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #9 
    NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #11 
    URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
    [Published 28 November, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #11 
    RUR World University Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    RUR Reputation Ranking
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #8 
    RUR Academic Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #43 
    • #226 
    StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
    [Published 06 September, 2021]
    • #2 
    • #17 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 Universities in the World
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #4 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe
    [Published 30 April, 2019]
    • #2 
    • #17 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 English-Speaking Universities
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #19 
    QS World University Rankings: Sustainability
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #11 
    Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
    [Published 31 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #7 
    THE Top Universities for a Digital Education
    [Published 10 May, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #22 
    THE China Subject Ratings Overall
    [Published 11 May, 2022]

Historic rankings in TOP global university rankings

Subject rankings

Agriculture

    • #27 
    Agriculture
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Architecture, Building & Planning

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Architecture
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Architecture
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #83 
    Architecture
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Music
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #8 
    Music
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]

Business

    • #6 
    • #33 
    Business
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #101 
    Finance
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    Marketing
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #14 
    • #101 
    Public Administration
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Computer Science

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Computer Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #6 
    Computer Science
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #119 
    Computer Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Education

    • #1 
    Education
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Education
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    Education
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #4 
    Education
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #29 
    Education
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #76 
    Education
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Engineering

    • #5 
    • #41 
    Aerospace Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #64 
    Aerospace Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #5 
    Biotechnology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Chemical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Chemical Engineering
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #21 
    Chemical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #51 
    Chemical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #87 
    Chemical Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Civil Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #76 
    Civil Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #100 
    Civil Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #114 
    Civil Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #7 
    Engineering
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #71 
    Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #59 
    Environmental Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #41 
    Materials Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Mechanical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Mechanical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #30 
    Mechanical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #94 
    Mechanical Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #2 
    • #2 
    English
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #4 
    English
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    French
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    German
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Italian
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Linguistics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Linguistics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Law

    • #2 
    • #2 
    Law
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Law
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #3 
    Law
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Law
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #22 
    Law
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Mathematics

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Mathematics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Mathematics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    Mathematics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #5 
    Mathematics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #27 
    Mathematics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Medicine & Health

    • #11 
    • #192 
    Dentistry
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Medicine
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Medicine
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    Medicine
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Natural Sciences

    • #1 
    • #3 
    Biology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Chemistry
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Chemistry
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #3 
    Chemistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #9 
    Chemistry
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #23 
    Chemistry
    Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject
    [Published 15 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #44 
    Chemistry
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Geology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #6 
    Geology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #28 
    Geology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #3 
    Physics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #12 
    Physics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #14 
    Physics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #2 
    • #2 
    Anthropology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    Anthropology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Anthropology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    Economics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Economics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #13 
    Economics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #16 
    Economics
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #3 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #3 
    Geography
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #6 
    Geography
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    History
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    History
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    History
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Psychology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Psychology
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Psychology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Psychology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #18 
    Psychology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #18 
    Psychology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #7 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #14 
    Social Sciences
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Sociology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #6 
    Sociology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #11 
    Sociology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #51 
    Sociology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Theology & Religious Studies
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Highest subject rankings for University of Cambridge

Civil Engineering CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Engineering
Geology CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Natural Sciences
Sociology CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Social Studies & Humanities
Music CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Arts Visual & Performing
Education CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Education
German CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Languages & Literature
Architecture CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Architecture, Building & Planning
Mathematics CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Mathematics
Computer Science CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Computer Science
Medicine CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Medicine & Health

Student Reviews for University of Cambridge

Student satisfaction:
4.6 (based on 2052 student reviews)

“I just finished getting my degree from Cambridge, and it was an experience I won’t soon forget. The workload was intense, but this is what you expect before you go to Cambridge, as they have high standards for their students. They do a really great job of promoting social events on campus, I especially enjoyed the debating society for meeting people.”

About University of Cambridge

PROS

  • Students at Cambridge speak highly of the vast selection of extra -curricular activities on offer. You can get involved in theatre, orchestras, choirs, and environmental groups, to name a few.
  • There’s a wide variety of university cafes to meet up with your friends and have a chat. The city itself offers many restaurants and bars and other activities that many students at Cambridge enjoy in their free time.
  • Among the absolute highest rankings in the world according to all prominent ranking organisations, including QS World University Rankings, THE, CWUR, and more.

CONS

  • Some have expressed that they find the customs practiced at Cambridge excessively old -fashioned, and at times guilty of elitism.

Key facts

Foundation year:
1209
Telephone:
+44 1223 337733
Address:
Trinity Lane
CB2 1TN, Cambridge
England UK
Website:
https://www.cam.ac.uk/
Social:
Nobel prize laureates:
Didier Queloz (University of Cambridge, 2019)
 
Robert G. Edwards (University of Cambridge, 2010)
 
James A. Mirrlees (University of Cambridge, 1996)
 
Richard Stone (University of Cambridge, 1984)
 
Sir Nevill F. Mott (University of Cambridge, 1977)
 
James E. Meade (University of Cambridge, 1977)
 
Martin Ryle (University of Cambridge, 1974)
 
Antony Hewish (University of Cambridge, 1974)
 
Brian D. Josephson (University of Cambridge, 1973)
 
Alan Hodgkin (University of Cambridge, 1963)
 

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
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  • Student advice on dealing with exam stress
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NSS Aggregate Student reviews

Below you see the results of University of Cambridge for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

114 total respondents

THE Student Experience Survey by Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has surveyed 20251 undergraduate students in the UK about their study experience. 223 students of University of Cambridge participated in the survey.

Below you'll find the results for each of the survey questions for University of Cambridge in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall score: 80.2

Student composition of University of Cambridge

medicine (non-specific):
2030
engineering (non-specific):
1910
languages and area studies :
1390
History:
1385
Mathematical Sciences:
1370
Biosciences:
1265
Law:
1155
education and teaching:
1135
English Studies:
820
Physics and Astronomy:
815
Economics:
715
anatomy, physiology and pathology:
695
Chemistry:
680
architecture, building and planning:
655
Business and Management:
615
Politics:
520
Classics:
430
Computing:
425
geography, earth and environmental studies:
400
Psychology:
335
Anthropology:
305
Sociology:
290
materials and technology:
255
Theology and Religious Studies:
245
Performing Arts:
240
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy:
225
Chemical, Process & Energy Engineering:
220
veterinary sciences:
215
Philosophy:
200
Archaeology:
175
Electrical And Electronic Engineering:
105
China:
1360
United States:
725
Singapore:
365
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China):
355
India:
270
Australia:
190
Canada:
175
Malaysia:
170
Korea (South):
100
Switzerland:
80
Japan:
70
Thailand:
70
New Zealand:
60
Russia:
55
South Africa:
50
Mexico:
45
Indonesia:
40
Norway:
40
Nigeria:
40
Taiwan:
35
Pakistan:
35
Turkey:
30
Serbia:
30
United Arab Emirates:
25
Brazil:
25
Saudi Arabia:
20
Israel:
20
Sri Lanka:
20
Kenya:
15
Vietnam:
15
Egypt:
15
Chile:
15
Jordan:
10
Armenia:
10
Argentina:
10
Colombia:
10
Peru:
10
Ghana:
10
Kazakhstan:
10
Philippines:
10
Bangladesh:
10
Zimbabwe:
10
Ukraine:
10
Iceland:
5
Guatemala:
5
Botswana:
5
Trinidad and Tobago:
5
Monaco:
5
Bolivia:
5
Mauritius:
5
Georgia:
5
Belarus:
5
Ecuador:
5
Paraguay:
5
Albania:
5
Cameroon:
5
Bermuda:
5
Qatar:
5
Oman:
5
Occupied Palestinian Territories {formerly West Ba:
5
Lebanon:
5
Morocco:
5
Zambia:
5
Iran:
5
Bahrain:
5
Brunei:
5
Macao (Special Administrative Region of China):
5
Nepal:
5

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