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    (Original post by Josb)
    What do you mean "I don't rate it"? It's 23rd in the world in the THE, despite its lack of sciences departments.
    Don't get me wrong, 23rd is great - but it's below several UK universities that just don't look like they should beat it. Regardless of specialisation.


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    QS rankings seem to favour not just UCL, but several UK universities; Manchester, Bristol and Warwick all make the top 50! Not to belittle any of these universities, but these rankings seem questionable.

    Regarding UCL, it is a very prestigious uni. As another poster pointed out, a better table is provided by TIMES, here UCL still make the top 15. I'm not sure why UCL receives flak from TSR users, I guess it is in part due to domestic tables and general naivety. If academic rigour and prestige are of more concern than student satisfaction, UCL undoubtedly deserves the great international rep it has.
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    When people on TSR rate universities they rate them as venues for undergraduate study. Then they look at tables which rank universities on a wider set of criteria and moan if they don't agree.

    Asking "is UCL really better than Durham?" is asking "is UC Berkeley really better than Williams?"
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    (Original post by RayApparently)
    Don't get me wrong, 23rd is great - but it's below several UK universitiesthat just don't look like they should beat it. Regardless of specialisation.


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    But even when you look at subject rankings LSE doesn't do that well. According to THE, UCL is the 5th best in the world for the arts and humanities and 4th in the world (beating Imperial) for health, pre-clinical and clinical sciences. LSE doesn't even make the top 10 for social sciences, and Imperial doesn’t make the top 5 for life sciences, physical sciences or engineering.
 
 
 
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