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Northumbria ranks top 35 in UK and among the best 100 in the world

14th May 2024

Northumbria University has achieved huge success in two major league tables released today and is now ranked within the top 35 in the UK, and the top 100 in the world.

The University climbed two places in the Complete University Guide 2025 to rank 34th overall. Northumbria has climbed more than 20 places in this influential national league table in the last seven years. 

In addition, Northumbria is now ranked joint 96th in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2024, which list the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger.

Northumbria has scored particularly well in the graduate prospects and spend on facilities and academic services categories in the Complete University Guide, reflecting the investments the University has made to improve the student experience in recent years, and the professional level jobs students move into after graduation.

Three subject areas – Forensic Science, IT and Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies – are ranked in the top five in the UK. Three others rank in the top 10, and a further five feature in the top 20. These include Art and Design, Building, Education, Food Science, Manufacturing and Production Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Midwifery and Physiotherapy.

In Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings, Northumbria was highly rated for research quality and its international outlook, which reflects the proportion of international students and staff at the University and its collaborations with international researchers on academic publications.

Northumbria’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Andy Long, said: “League tables are an important measure of performance and how we are achieving our bold and ambitious plans.

“Northumbria University’s improved ranking in these two key national and international league tables, both of which are published today, is evidence of the high quality of research-informed education our students receive when they are here, and of their success after graduation. It is also a positive reflection of our standing within the sector – both here in the UK and internationally.

“Our mission is to enable people from all backgrounds with ability and potential to succeed and we are delighted this is being recognised.”  

Northumbria’s success in these latest league tables follows on from being named both Research University of the Year and Modern University of the Year in the first ever Daily Mail University Guide, which was published last autumn.

Anyone wanting to find out more about studying at Northumbria University can register to attend next month’s Open Days, which are being held on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June. Visit to find out more.

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