Excellent research and outstanding career prospects for graduates helped propel the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to fourth place in The Times' Good University Guide 2009 which is published today.
Research quality was judged second-best in the country (behind only Cambridge) and an assessment of graduate prospects put LSE in the top three.
The guide also measured universities on entry standards, student satisfaction, student-staff ratio, services and facilities spending, completion rates and the proportion of good honours.
Results in all categories were combined to provide an overall ranking - topped by Oxford. LSE's fourth place is the position it has held for the past five years.
The School is also highly rated in many individual subject areas - for example, it is judged best for social policy and second for accounting and finance, anthropology and economics.
The guide's rankings were also combined by THE with recent surveys by the Guardian and Independent newspapers to produce a "table of tables" in which LSE comes third overall.
Professor Janet Hartley, Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning, said: 'The excellence of our research has always been a particular strength at LSE and I'm pleased that this is recognised. Overall what matters is that we are consistently ranked as one of the country's top universities - which is the case in all surveys of this kind.'
Posted 19 June