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English and Philosophy at Birkbeck rank in top 100 worldwide

The College achieves high placings for a number of subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

Birkbeck has been placed in the top 100 institutions worldwide for English and Philosophy in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The rankings, which have just been published, recognise the College’s world-leading research and teaching strengths across a range of disciplines, with History and Psychology rated in the top 200 worldwide. This comes after the Department of Psychology was placed in the top ten in the UK in the Times Higher Education subject rankings, which were released in November 2018.

Professor Matthew Davies, Executive Dean of the School of Social Sciences, History & Philosophy said: “We’re delighted that the research and teaching excellence of Philosophy at Birkbeck has been recognised in the QS international rankings. The department has consistently been recognised for the quality of its research across a wide range of areas in analytic philosophy and in the history of philosophical questions, from ancient philosophy through to Nietzsche and contemporary thinkers. The department is also highly regarded for the quality of its teaching, allowing students to bring skills of critical thinking and analysis to a wide range of careers in business, the public sector, charities and many other fields.”

Professor Anthony Bale, Executive Dean of the School of Arts, said: "This is an excellent result for English & Humanities at Birkbeck, and, as international rankings like QS focus heavily on research, this result reflects our excellent research-driven department. The Department of English & Humanities is strong across the board, from Old English to Contemporary Literature, and it's great to see our research activity acknowledged in the QS rankings. 

This ranking reflects and reinforces the global stature of English Studies at Birkbeck. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a wide variety of industries and roles, in academia and education but also in the creative industries, the civil service, and the non-profit sector."

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