Oxford is one of the leading centres of geological research in Britain, with a score of 3.2 in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) research assessment exercise.

The Department of Geology at Leicester is placed 4th in the National Guardian University Subject League Tables (12th May 2009) and 10th in The Times 2010. For the third year in a row the Geology Department was rated by its students as the best of the UK's departments offering full-time geology degrees (National Student Survey 2009).

Cambridge is ranked first for geology in the UK, followed by Oxford in second place and St Andrews in third place.

League Table 2010 (Top 10 list):
1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 UCL
5 Imperial College
6 Southampton
7 Glasgow
8 Liverpool
9 Bristol
10 Leicester

League Table 2006 (Top 20):
Rank, Name, Overall Score
1 Cambridge 100
2 Oxford 96.2
3 Bristol 88.7
4 Imperial Col 87.7
5 Liverpool 85.3
6 UCL 84.4
7 Leeds 83.7
8 Edinburgh 82.7
9 Exeter 82.5
9 Durham 82.5
11 Cardiff 82
12 Southampton 80
13 St Andrews 79.3
14 Royal Holloway 78.8
14 Glasgow 78.8
16 Reading 76.1
17 Manchester 75.6
18 Kingston 74.3
19 Leicester 72.8
20 Birmingham 72.1

Source: Times Good University Guide

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes
Australia - Good Universities Guide, Graduate Management Association of Australia
Canada - Maclean's Guide, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, THES, Webometrics, Newsweek
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