For many students when choosing their study destination they will pay a lot of attention to rankings. Rankings are important as they give an independent way of judging universities. However it is very important to understand that every ranking has its own criteria and some maybe aimed at UK students or undergraduate students so it is very important to understand what the rankings are for and who they are aimed at. Below is a variety of rankings and your UKEAS counselor will be able to guide you through the different rankings and which ones focus on the aspects which are most important to you. Remember rankings should just be one factor in selecting your chosen school and it also makes sense to pay just as much attention to course content, location, cost, type of university and student experience:
The Research Assessment Exercise is a complete university ranking. This is the only government ranking exercise and focuses primarily on research, as the name implies.
Guardian University Guide Ranking Table. This is primarily an undergraduate ranking and is aimed at UK students, provided by a major national newspaper.
The Times Complete University Rankings. Again this is a UK focused ranking, from a major national newspaper.
The Sunday Times Complete University rankings. Possibly one of the better known rankings from a sister newspaper to The Times. It caters mainly for UK students.
The association ranks postgraduate management programmes with a primary focus on the MBA degree.
These rankings are provided by a well known business magazine, and also focus primarily on the MBA offerings of leading business schools.
The Financial Times
This famous business newspaper provides two sets of rankings. Their MBA rankings can be found here:
And rankings of various management programmes can be found here:
There are also several world rankings that can provide insight into the UK university you are applying or thinking of going to:
The first is provided by QS Top Universities:
Another is prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and called the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It can be found herehttp://www.arwu.org/ARWU2010.jsp
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