Edge Hill University is officially a world class institution for its Geography, Sociology and Politics courses.

For the first time Edge Hill University has received a coveted World University Ranking for courses categorised as “Social Sciences”, awarded by the Times Higher Education.

The University has secured a spot in the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Edge Hill is ranked in the 501-600 banding on the Social Sciences subject ranking.

The subjects included in this ranking are:

  • Politics and international studies
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Communication and media studies

The scoring in the Social Sciences table considers:

  • Teaching: the learning environment
  • Research: volume, income and reputation
  • Citations: research influence
  • International outlook: staff, students and research
  • Industry income: innovation

Edge Hill University was originally set up as the first non-denominational teacher training college for Women in 1885, but its first non-teaching degrees including Geography and Applied Social Sciences started in 1975. Politics, although offered in the past, has only recently been available again as a degree at Edge Hill University, with the first intake to the current programme in September 2014.

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are delighted to secure this global accolade for the wide range of courses and research delivered in our Geography, Sociology and Politics courses. The breadth of subjects covered in the social sciences classification helps to underline the high quality and diverse research and teaching outputs in these courses and emphasise the world-class nature of our learning and teaching.”