Oxford is one of the world's great centres for philosophy. It is ranked 1st nationally for philosophy in the Guardian league table 2011, followed by University College London (2nd) and University of Cambridge (3rd).
The University of Sheffield has one of the best philosophy departments in the UK, ranked 21st in Guardian 2011. In addition the Sheffield Philosophy Department received the highest score of any UK Philosophy Department for overall student satisfaction in the 2007 National Student Survey. The Research Assessment Exercise 2008 has confirmed the Department as one of the very best in the country as a place to pursue research. Of the Department’s total submission 35% was judged to be 4* (world-leading) and 35% 3* (internationally excellent). That puts the Department 4th in the country by the average grade attained per member of staff submitted, and 4th in the ‘medals table’ (ranking first by percentage of 4*, then by percentage of 3*, and so on).
Philosophy Department Rankings in UK (Top 30):
5 King's College London
6 St Andrews
8 London School of Economics
11 UWE Bristol
26 Heythrop College
27 Central Lancashire
29 London Met
Source: Guardian University Guide 2011
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World of University Ranking and League Table
In UK there are some university league tables published every year by The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In Australia the Good Universities Guide rating is a very useful handbook for anyone choosing a tertiary institution. For more information please see University Ranking by Country.