About University of Leicester:

Founded in 1921, in the aftermath of World War I, the University of Leicester was built with the purpose of establishing a living memorial to those who had lost their lives during the conflict. Its motto Ut Vitam Habeant ('so that they may have life') reflects its belief that through research and education, the university would act as a beacon of hope for the future. Granted its Royal Charter in 1957, Leicester is now one of the UK's leading research universities and prides itself on making contributions that have hade a positive impact on public health, culture, society and the environment. The university offers over 350 degree programmes across three academic colleges: medicine, biological sciences and psychology, science and engineering, and arts and humanities. Its ethos emphasises a cross-disciplinary approach, innovation and collaboration. Based in the city of the same name, Leicester has a youthful feel and boasts the largest number of people aged 19 and under in the East Midlands region. Although it’s the tenth largest city in the UK, it has an abundance of green spaces making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. Its main campus, which backs onto 69 acres of park land, is often referred to as the university’s ‘back garden'. Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the UK and its university lays claim to a long-standing record on social inclusiveness. Among the university’s claims to fame are the invention of genetic fingerprinting in 1984 by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and the more recent discovery of King Richard III’s mortal remains in a Leicester council car park.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 186 181 200 204 178 224 231 228 227 241 236 240 249 249 247

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 296 - - - - - - - - 401-450 401-450 401-450 451-500 401-450
Engineering - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Life Sciences 183 214 182 155 188 199 187 190 216 220 223 236 236 279
Medicine 202 181 170 157 172 180 159 161 164 152 152 151 160 160
Natural Sciences 172 200 246 232 244 276 276 266 - 301-350 301-350 301-350 351-400 351-400
Social Sciences 207 206 140 234 256 228 215 193 197 218 229 241 259 259

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 - - -
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - 285 - 265
Chemistry - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 451-500 451-500 -
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Civil Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 160 165 168
Computer Science - - - - - - - - - 351-400 289
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 283 - -
Electrical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environment / Ecology - - - - - - - - - - -
Geosciences 114 99 105 87 104 101 102 119 119 138 129
Immunology - - - - - - - - 245 229 244
Materials Science - - - - - - - - - - -
Mathematics - - - - 294 - 321 301-350 301-350 351-400 351-400
Mechanical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - - -
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - 148 191 246
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - - -
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - - - - - 351-400 401-450 401-450 401-450 451-500
Physics 192 209 269 291 271 - 351-400 351-400 - - -
Plant & Animal Science 274 - 261 - - - - 351-400 351-400 401-450 -
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 212 215 212
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 201 200 205
Space Science - - - - - - - - 93 90 106
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -