List of top ranking philosophy departments:

The University of Arizona (USA) - The 2009 rankings published in the Philosophical Gourmet Report show that The University of Arizona has one of the best philosophy graduate departments in the world. Overall, the department is ranked 13th, tied with Columbia University. It is placed in the top 20 in several specialty areas, ranking 1st in political philosophy, and 2nd in philosophy of cognitive science.

Birkbeck, University of London - It has one of the UK’s leading Philosophy departments. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, Birkbeck retained the high standing attained in previous years: the research work of all of the Faculty's members was assessed, and 100% of it was judged to be of quality that is internationally recognized. The School has cooperative arrangements with other philosophy departments in London (University College, King’s College and Heythrop College).

University of Bristol (UK) - The Department of Philosophy enjoys an outstanding reputation in the UK and internationally. In the 2008 RAE, 30% of the department's research was classed as 4* (world-leading), 35% as 3* (internationally excellent) and 30% as 2* (internationally recognised). In the Philosophy Gourmet Report, it was judged to be the best department in the UK in two sub-disciplines of philosophy, the 2nd best in a further two sub-disciplines, the 3rd best in a further three sub-disciplines, the 4th best in one sub-discipline, and the 5th best in one sub-discipline.

University of Edinburgh - In the RAE 2008, 65% of the Department of Philosophy`s research activity was judged to be either `world-leading` or `internationally excellent`. This puts it on a par with the Departments of Philosophy at Oxford and Cambridge, and so confirms its status as one of the leading Departments of Philosophy in the UK for research (in the last RAE, in 2001, it was one of only a small handful of Departments of Philosophy in the UK to obtain the highest ranking of 5*).

University of Otago (New Zealand) - In 2007 the Otago Philosophy Department was the top-scoring philosophy department at the university and the top-scoring research department of any kind in New Zealand, according to the PBRF. In the 2003 PBRF round, the Otago department was also rated top.

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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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