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(UK RELEASE) - Oxbridge and LSE graduates have major employability head start, survey shows

  • -          New QS World University Rankings® in six Social Sciences subjects put LSE on a par with Oxford and Cambridge, ahead of UCL
  • -          UK universities perform disproportionately well for employer reputation, but wide discrepancy between renown of £9,000 institutions
  • -          QS World University Rankings in 26 subjects now available at www.topuniversities.com

Following the announcement that universities may be forced to publish their graduate employment rates, a major survey of global employers reveals that Oxbridge and LSE graduates are among the most attractive in the world to graduate recruiters. However, the survey also points to a wide disparity in the job-market return graduates of different UK universities stand to gain from their £9,000 per year investment.

The survey, undertaken as part of the research for the QS World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings by subject, asked global graduate employers to identify the universities that produce the best graduates, both overall and within a given discipline. The most sought-after graduates were those in Business, Accountancy and Finance, and Economics.

The survey also found that Oxford produces the world’s most sought-after Law graduates, and the university is second most popular in Politics and Economics, the disciplines studied by UK Prime Minister David Cameron . Meanwhile, Cambridge was the most sought-after university among employers recruiting Sociology graduates, and LSE made the top five in all but one Social Sciences discipline.

Yet while the leading UK universities perform strongly, the gulf in recognition between the leading Russell Group universities and the rest of the UK’s £9,000 universities is also made clear. In Law, just three UK universities outside of the Russell Group make the top 100 for employer reputation (University of Strathclyde, Queen Mary’s University of London and SOAS). 


“Employability is by no means the only benefit of a university education, but with £9,000 per-year fees and 83 graduates now competing for every job, it is inevitably at the forefront of many prospective students’ minds”, says John O’Leary, Editor of the Times Good University Guide and member of the QS Academic Advisory Board. “The reality is that students will be paying the same amount for degrees that in practice have vastly different market values. ”


Meanwhile, with reports that more UK students are looking overseas for better value for money, 12 universities in the Netherlands feature in the Social Sciences rankings. Leiden University ranks 37 for Law and 39 for Sociology, while Erasmus University Rotterdam ranks 36 for Economics, ahead of Manchester, Bristol and Warwick. Both universities offer undergraduate degrees in English and fees of less than £1,620.

For further questions and full embargoed results of the QS World University Rankings: Social Sciences, contact:

Vickie Chiu
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