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QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages and for English Language and Literature.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for English Language and Literature (8), Arts & Humanities (9) and Modern Languages (10).

Browse the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 on Top Universities

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

The University of Edinburgh is ranked Top 5 in the UK for research in Modern Languages and in English Literature.

As reported in Times Higher Education, the rankings are based on the quality and breadth of our research in Modern Languages and the overall quality of our research in English Literature.

They come from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) – the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Read more about what REF 2021 means for our research and its impact

Find out about our research projects and centres, the impact we've made, and postgraduate opportunities. Plus, listen to Beyond the Books, our podcast giving you a behind-the-scenes look at research and the people who make it happen. 

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