Physics University League Tables

Choosing the right university can seem like a daunting task, especially when so many universities all offer common courses such as Physics. Universities want to attract the best students so they’ll try hard to make their courses and university sound better than any of the others.

Getting opinions from friends, family, and other students on internet forums is one way of judging whether a university is right for you. However, this can leave you feeling even more confused as everyone will have a different reason for you going, or not going, to their university.

Attending open days is another way of deciding whether a university is right for you. You’ll get the chance to explore the campus, meet current students, and talk to your future lecturers and other key members of staff.

It’s also good to spend some time in the town that university is in, even if you just have lunch and a quick look around the main shops or facilities. You need to make sure that the town has everything you’ll need whilst you’re studying.

Checking the rankings on university league tables can also help you compare your top choices and create a shortlist of good universities to apply to. They’ll be ranked on criteria such as student satisfaction, graduate employability prospects, and quality of research undertaken in the university.

If you’re planning on studying Physics at university in 2014 here is a list of the top 10 universities to apply to:

  1. Cambridge – retaining the top place and scoring 100% overall
  2. Oxford – scoring 4.2 out of 5 for student satisfaction
  3. Durham – students have an average of 563 UCAS tariff points on entry
  4. Imperial College London – scoring 4 out of 5 for student satisfaction
  5. Glasgow – scoring 84% for graduate employability prospects
  6. St Andrews – scoring 2.65 out of 4 for quality of research undertaken in the university
  7. Lancaster – moving up from last year’s 20th place
  8. Birmingham – scoring 4.29 out of 5 for student satisfaction
  9. Warwick – scoring 95.4% overall
  10. Surrey – moving up from last year’s 19th place