Subject rankings are another shot in the arm for Leicester’s reputation for Clinical Medicine excellence

The University of Leicester’s reputation as a centre for excellence in Clinical Medicine has been bolstered by the publication of subject rankings for universities around the globe.

Leicester has been ranked in the top 18 universities in the world for Clinical Medicine, and fifth in the UK, according to Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2022.

This latest achievement comes after the University’s success in the Research Excellence Framework*, where its research in Clinical Medicine was placed second in the UK, just behind leaders, the University of Cambridge.

The GRAS 2022 results also saw five other subjects from Leicester ranked in the top 20 in the UK.

Communication was placed ninth, while Public Health was ranked 10th in the UK. Human Biological Sciences came 17th in the United Kingdom, while Law and Computer Science & Engineering were both ranked 19th.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life Sciences, Professor Tom Robinson, said: “The GRAS rankings use six objective ratings to rank world universities, including the number of highly cited researchers, number of articles in high impact journals and number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index.

"The University of Leicester's Clinical Medicine world ranking at 18th, and fifth in the UK, is yet another valuable endorsement for our track record in the field of Clinical Medicine.

“Following the REF2021 recognition that our research in the area was the second best in the United Kingdom, these new rankings confirm the world-leading research that the University undertakes in common disease areas that improves patient outcomes and public health globally.”

GRAS 2022 represents the most comprehensive and objective ranking of world universities by subjects. This year’s league table contains rankings of universities in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. More than 1,800 out of 5,000 universities across 96 countries and regions are listed in the rankings.


*REF rankings are compiled by the Times Higher Education (THE) following analysis of data from Research England. 751 individual Leicester research staff took part in the REF submission, across 22 assessment areas. A total of 157 UK universities were assessed on quality of their research outputs, impact case studies detailing the real-world benefits which their research delivered, and evidence of how the research environment has supported researchers and their research application or impact. Visit the REF website for further details.