Dating back to the 12th century, the University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Its academic excellence is renowned the world over, and whilst the university has numerous strengths, it is particularly recognised for the calibre of its science programmes. It was recently ranked number one in the world for medicine and among the top ten universities globally for life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences.
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The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Oxford 1st for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health, 1st for Engineering and Technology and 1st for Social Sciences globally. It is also ranked 3rd for Business and Economics, Arts and Humanities and Life Sciences, and 7th for Physical Sciences.
Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, Oxford is 1st in the UK for Economics, English, Linguistics, Medicine and Psychology. It has further top 5 rankings for Anthropology, Archaeology and Forensic Science, Biological Sciences, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classics and Ancient History, Computer Science, East and South East Asian Studies, History, Law, Mathematics, Materials Technology, Philosophy, Politics, General Engineering, Geology, German, Physics and Astronomy, English, Geography and Environmental Science, French, Music and Theology.
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