Exeter has been ranked in the top 125 in the world for Physical Sciences in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings 2017-18.

Exeter in world's top 125 for Physical Sciences

The University of Exeter has been ranked in the top 125 in the world for Physical Sciences in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings 2017-18.

The annual rankings assess universities across a range of criteria including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking, within the 101-125 category in the THE Physical Sciences list, builds on Exeter’s growing reputation for global excellence.

Exeter continues to lead and collaborate on innovative research across the physical sciences, which includes Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Geology, and Marine Sciences. Examples include:

Artificially cooling planet “risky strategy”, new research shows – Research led by Dr Anthony Jones showed that proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought.

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere – Dr Tom Evans led a project that found the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, with an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron.

Research reveals West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss over the last 11,000 years - Dr Sev Kender co-authored a study that showed wind-driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica over the last millennia.

Professor Ken Evans, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, said: “I’m delighted that Exeter has been ranked as one of the top 125 universities globally for physical sciences, it is a testament to our commitment to deliver world-class teaching and research across all our subjects.

“Our academics are at the forefront of some of the most exciting, ground-breaking and important research being conducted in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy and the Earth Sciences.

“The work we are carrying out not only offers a fascinating insight into some of the major changes facing our own planet, but innovative and significant developments in our understanding of our solar system, and beyond."

Date: 27 November 2017

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