Rankings of University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a prestigious research university located in Oxford, England, and is the oldest English language university in the world. It is made up of 39 partly autonomous constituent colleges, six private halls, and a variety of academic departments which are split into four divisions: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Latest ranking updates for University of Oxford
  • September 2023: THE World University Rankings update. University of Oxford achieves place 1.
  • September 2023: University of Oxford ranks 8 in the latest The Guardian University League Tables by Subject (Business and Management) from The Guardian News and Media Limited.
  • September 2023: The Guardian League Table update. University of Oxford achieves place 2.
  • August 2023: ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking update. University of Oxford achieves place 7.

University rankings

    • #1 
    • #1 
    The Times Good University Guide
    [Published 16 September, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    The Guardian League Table
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    CUG The Complete University Guide
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    THE World University Rankings
    [Published 27 September, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #3 
    QS World University Rankings
    [Published 27 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #7 
    QS Employability Rankings
    [Published 23 September, 2021]
    • #2 
    • #6 
    THE Global Employability University Ranking
    [Published 23 November, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #32 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities
    [Published 23 October, 2019]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    THE World Reputation Rankings
    [Published 16 November, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #5 
    US News: Best Global Universities
    [Published 24 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #7 
    ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 15 August, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #8 
    THE World’s Most International Universities
    [Published 25 January, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #22 
    CWTS Leiden Ranking
    [Published 22 June, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #9 
    Scimago Institutions Rankings
    [Published 06 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    CWUR Center for World University Rankings
    [Published 25 April, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #14 
    Nature Index - Academic
    [Published 15 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #4 
    NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
    [Published 28 November, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #9 
    RUR World University Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    RUR Reputation Ranking
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #12 
    RUR Academic Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #36 
    • #180 
    StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
    [Published 06 September, 2021]
    • #1 
    • #12 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 Universities in the World
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #12 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe
    [Published 30 April, 2019]
    • #1 
    • #12 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 English-Speaking Universities
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #16 
    QS World University Rankings: Sustainability
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #4 
    Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
    [Published 31 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #6 
    THE Top Universities for a Digital Education
    [Published 10 May, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #22 
    THE China Subject Ratings Overall
    [Published 11 May, 2022]

Historic rankings in TOP global university rankings

Subject rankings

Agriculture

    • #2 
    Agriculture
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #2 
    • #2 
    Music
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #4 
    Music
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]

Business

    • #9 
    • #48 
    Business
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #51 
    Finance
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #15 
    Public Administration
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Computer Science

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Computer Science
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Computer Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #111 
    Computer Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    Data Science
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Education

    • #3 
    • #5 
    Education
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #6 
    Education
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #22 
    Education
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #76 
    Education
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Engineering

    • #2 
    • #15 
    Biotechnology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Chemical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #51 
    Chemical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #64 
    Chemical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #126 
    Chemical Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Civil Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #101 
    Civil Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #128 
    Civil Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #146 
    Civil Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #5 
    Engineering
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #90 
    Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #31 
    Environmental Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #80 
    Materials Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Mechanical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #51 
    Mechanical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #71 
    Mechanical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #190 
    Mechanical Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Journalism & Media Studies

    • #7 
    Journalism
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #1 
    • #1 
    English
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    English
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    French
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    German
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Italian
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Linguistics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    Linguistics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Law

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

Mathematics

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Mathematics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Mathematics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Mathematics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    Mathematics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #21 
    Mathematics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Medicine & Health

    • #2 
    • #2 
    Medicine
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Medicine
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #8 
    Medicine
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]

Natural Sciences

    • #3 
    • #5 
    Biology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Chemistry
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Chemistry
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    Chemistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #22 
    Chemistry
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #32 
    Chemistry
    Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject
    [Published 15 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #74 
    Chemistry
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Geology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #5 
    Geology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #15 
    Geology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Physics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #11 
    Physics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #16 
    Physics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Anthropology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Anthropology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    Anthropology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Economics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #2 
    Economics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    Economics
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #15 
    Economics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Geography
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #3 
    Geography
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    History
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    History
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    History
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Psychology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Psychology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Psychology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #8 
    Psychology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #11 
    Psychology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #3 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #3 
    Social Sciences
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #1 
    Sociology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Sociology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Sociology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Sociology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Theology & Religious Studies
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Highest subject rankings for University of Oxford

Law CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Law
Economics The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#1 
Social Studies & Humanities
English CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#1 
Languages & Literature
Mathematics The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#1 
Mathematics
Physics The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#1 
Natural Sciences
Computer Science THE World University Rankings by Subject
#1 
Computer Science
Chemical Engineering CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#2 
Engineering
Medicine CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#2 
Medicine & Health
Music CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#2 
Arts Visual & Performing
Agriculture URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#2 
Agriculture

Student Reviews for University of Oxford

Student satisfaction:
4.7 (based on 31 student reviews)

“I was blown away by Oxford from the beginning until the end of my time there. I had the privilege of studying Philosophy and Politics, and having my work critiqued by established figures in the field that I had admired for years before coming to Oxford. Truly a life-changing experience.”

“The complexity and volume of work we were expected to do in just eight weeks was very intense, but I’m so glad that I went through it. I’ll never forget the time I spent at this legendary university.”

About University of Oxford

PROS

  • The first comment that usually comes to student’s minds about Oxford is its iconic and impressive architecture. This makes learners feel as though they have gone back on time.
  • Students remark that the facilities and resources here are second -to -none, from their libraries and laboratories to the long traditional dining halls that remind us of the feasts seen in the Harry Potter movies.
  • Consistently ranked among the best in the world by all prominent ranking organisations, including QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education.

CONS

  • Students warn that the workload is intense, but this is expected from such a prestigious university as Oxford.
  • There are concerns of elitism, depending on the student that you speak with. Not all students behave in this manner, but a significant number of students point this out as an issue for them.

Key facts

Foundation year:
1096
Telephone:
+44 (0) 1865 270 000
Address:
Wellington Square
OX1 2JD, Oxford
England UK
Website:
https://www.ox.ac.uk
Social:
Nobel prize laureates:
Peter Ratcliffe (University of Oxford, 2019)
 
Nikolaas Tinbergen (University of Oxford, 1973)
 
Rodney R. Porter (University of Oxford, 1972)
 
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (University of Oxford, 1964)
 
Sir Cyril Hinshelwood (University of Oxford, 1956)
 
Sir Robert Robinson (University of Oxford, 1947)
 
Ernst B. Chain (University of Oxford, 1945)
 
Sir Howard Florey (University of Oxford, 1945)
 
Sir Charles Sherrington (University of Oxford, 1932)
 
Frederick Soddy (University of Oxford, 1921)
 

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
  • Official Guide for an Oxford Applicant: Undergraduate (1/3) – What Oxford is Like
  • Our student stories – finding a place
  • Aula Education: Anders' advice for Economics & Management students
  • I am African, and Oxford was for me: Oxford MBA
  • The Master of Public Policy at Oxford (MPP)
  • How has Oxford changed you?

NSS Aggregate Student reviews

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

920 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. 241 students of University of Oxford participated in the survey.

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

Overall score: 82.1

Student composition of University of Oxford

medicine (non-specific):
2005
languages and area studies :
1790
Biosciences:
1785
History:
1440
Mathematical Sciences:
1335
Law:
1240
engineering (non-specific):
1140
Chemistry:
1075
education and teaching:
1010
English Studies:
995
Physics and Astronomy:
980
Business and Management:
835
Economics:
730
Politics:
675
Classics:
645
Computing:
635
Philosophy:
615
Anthropology:
540
Theology and Religious Studies:
385
anatomy, physiology and pathology:
365
materials and technology:
350
geography, earth and environmental studies:
300
Performing Arts:
295
Psychology:
275
Sociology:
205
Archaeology:
185
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy:
150
Creative Arts and Design:
110
Social Policy:
105
architecture, building and planning:
25
China:
1365
United States:
1350
Canada:
365
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China):
340
India:
305
Singapore:
285
Australia:
270
Switzerland:
160
South Africa:
120
Malaysia:
100
Korea (South):
90
Nigeria:
90
Japan:
80
United Arab Emirates:
80
Russia:
80
Norway:
65
Pakistan:
65
Turkey:
65
New Zealand:
55
Brazil:
50
Saudi Arabia:
50
Mexico:
50
Thailand:
50
Indonesia:
50
Kenya:
45
Ghana:
40
Chile:
35
Taiwan:
35
Colombia:
35
Israel:
25
Bangladesh:
25
Egypt:
20
Vietnam:
20
Zimbabwe:
20
Serbia:
20
Qatar:
15
Philippines:
15
Sri Lanka:
15
Lebanon:
15
Peru:
15
Argentina:
15
Ukraine:
15
Zambia:
10
Uganda:
10
Myanmar (Burma):
10
Jordan:
10
Nepal:
10
North Macedonia:
10
Iran:
10
Morocco:
10
Kazakhstan:
10
Armenia:
5
Uruguay:
5
Trinidad and Tobago:
5
Oman:
5
Venezuela:
5
Ecuador:
5
Panama:
5
Jamaica:
5
Guatemala:
5
Belize:
5
Bermuda:
5
Mozambique:
5
Azerbaijan:
5
Belarus:
5
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
5
Georgia:
5
Iceland:
5
Angola:
5
Botswana:
5
Ethiopia:
5
Liberia:
5
Malawi:
5
Occupied Palestinian Territories {formerly West Ba:
5
Sierra Leone:
5
Sudan:
5
Tanzania:
5
Afghanistan:
5
Brunei:
5
Macao (Special Administrative Region of China):
5
Maldives:
5
Mongolia:
5
Bahrain:
5
Kuwait:
5

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