The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
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Dick Vet Rises to Third in latest QS World Rankings by subject

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has risen in the latest QS World University Rankings by subject to third in the world, a rise of three places from last year's ranking. 

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Worldwide Subject Ranking

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 cover a total of 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, are used to rank universities.

Consistent Excellence

The School prides itself on world-class teaching, research and clinical care, which is reflected in our consistent success in rankings. 

In 2020, the Dick Vet rose in the ShanghaiRankings to second in the world and first in the UK for veterinary sciences, maintained its position as first in the UK in the Guardian League Tables for the fourth year in a row, and came first in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking for Veterinary Medicine for the 6th year running. 

Student experience is also highly rated at the School, with a National Student Survey score in 2020 of 95% student satisfaction overall.

The School's world-class research arm, the Roslin Institute, along with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), was ranked most powerful for veterinary and agricultural research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).


This year has been hugely challenging for everyone.  However, this result in QS rankings is an excellent achievement for the School and is testament to the quality of the staff and students in the Dick Vet community

Professor David ArgyleHead of School


QS World Rankings by Subject 2021

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Veterinary Sciences

Guardian League Table for Veterinary Science

The Times Good University Guide (paywall)

About the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos.

The School comprises:

We represent the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.