Oxford have been criticised many times for a lack of diversity. Source: Shutterstock.
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QS released their 2018 World University Rankings yesterday. Forty-eight subjects were ranked, from medicine to theology.

UK universities did better this year, making it to the top three spots in 10 subjects. But they are all in the arts and humanities. For engineering and technology, UK’s institutions only topped the rankings twice, according to The Guardian.

The country’s performance this time around show its resilience despite Brexit.

QS Intelligence Unit head director Ben Sowter said: “Though there are still legitimate concerns about the type of relationship that the UK’s universities will have with, say, EU research programmes and student mobility frameworks post-Brexit, these results offer grounds for optimism.”

These are the UK universities and the subjects that they are ranked first in the world:

University Subjects
University of Oxford Anatomy & Physiology, Archaeology, Arts & Humanities,
English Language & Literature, Geography
Loughborough University Sports-related Subjects
Royal College of Art Art & Design
University of Sheffield Library & Information Management*
UCL Institute of Education Education
University of Cambridge Anthropology
University of Sussex Development Studies

Overall, US universities Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), topped the rankings in 14 and 12 subjects respectively. However, when it comes to STEM subjects, it is MIT that trumps all other universities, US or otherwise.

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