The University of Sussex has come top of a new global universities league table, beating the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard University (take that Zuckerberg!).


Sussex bagged the title of best in the world for the subject of development studies in the QS World University Rankings, announced yesterday. The rankings detail unis’ performance and reputation in specific courses.


Loughborough University has also smashed it, ranking joint-first in sports-related subjects, tied with the University of Sydney. Go Loughborough!!


Harry Potter cheering


Oxford got the most first places among UK universities. It ranked top for: anatomy and physiology; English language and literature; geography and archaeology.


The UK is now home to the world’s top three universities for geography (Oxford, Cambridge and LSE) and archaeology (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL). So all you aspiring Indiana Joneses, the UK is your best bet for soaking up all the earth science goodness.


Indiana Jones looking at a statue


Royal College of Art retained its first place position for the second year in a row, ranking top for art and design. Fellow London uni UCL Institute of Education (University College London) has also retained its first place position in education.


QS uni league table for subject



The University of Cambridge didn’t manage to grab a first-place position, but the institute does feature in the top 10 for more subjects than any other university in the world. Stephen Hawking must be proud! Check out below the table for the unis with the most top 10 places bagged


QS uni league table most top 10s globally


Despite increasing international competition, UK universities had a strong showing in these latest league tables. Sixteen UK unis feature in at least one top-three place, while one-third of all top-three positions and more than a quarter of all placings have been held by UK universities. Basically, UK unis, you have bossed it!


Check out QS's full breakdown here.


Are you surprised by these rankings? Has your university featured on this list? Would this influence you university choice?