Six top subject areas

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We’re academically ambitious, and proud that we’ve been listed in the top 20 for six subject areas*, according to the Guardian University Guide 2016.

These areas are: Engineering: Mechanical, Criminology, Sociology, Building and Town & Country Planning, Fashion & Textiles, as well as Social Policy & Administration. This includes more than 20 of our courses. 

Top courses

Our Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Science has been particularly well-recognised. Our Criminology courses rank 7th, Sociology subject areas 20th and our Philosophy subjects 22nd in the UK. Meanwhile, our ever-popular subjects listed under Fashion & Textiles and Media & Film studies ranked 17th and 21st respectively.


FdA Public Service, BA (Hons) Sociology, BA (Hons) CriminologyBA (Hons) Criminology & Sociology [Cambridge], BA (Hons) Criminology, BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies, BA (Hons) Sociology [University Centre Peterborough]


BA (Hons) PhilosophyBA (Hons) Philosophy & English Literature

Fashion & Textiles

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Media & Film Studies

BA (Hons) Film & Television Production, BA (Hons) Media Studies, BA (Hons) Writing & Film Studies, BA (Hons) Drama & Film Studies, [Cambridge], BA (Hons) Media Studies [University Centre Peterborough]

Our Faculty of Science and Technology is also ranked highly for Mechanical Engineering: number 7 in the country, with a 95% student satisfaction for teaching standards. Building and Town & Country Planning, includes our Building Surveying and Construction Management courses, is in the top 15. 

Building and Town & Country Planning

BSc (hons) Construction Management, BSc (hons) Building Surveying, BSc (hons) Quantity Surveying, FdSc Construction [Chelmsford]

Engineering: Mechanical

BEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering 

Our Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education's courses for the health professions are still ranking well, too, with our Social Policy course at number 18 across all UK higher education institutions.

BA (Hons) Social Policy

Teaching satisfaction

We’re also really pleased that students have recognised the teaching quality. Four of our main subject areas rank in the top 10 for ‘Teaching Satisfaction': Computer Science & Information Systems; Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Electrical & Electronic Engineering.  

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*Visit the Guardian University Guide web pages to see more information about how the Guardian guide groups specific courses under the chosen subject areas.