An international University

In 2020 and 2023 QS gave us an overall 5 Star Rating. This international benchmarking system renders[SB1]  Five Star universities as world-class in areas such as Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Innovation, Internationalisation and Inclusiveness.

The QS Stars system evaluates universities against a range of important performance indicators:


The University was awarded the highest international 5 Star rating for Teaching, with areas of strength including overall student satisfaction and satisfaction with teaching. Teaching underpins the University’s strategy and we are proud to be the first and only university in the UK where 100% of permanent teaching staff* are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. So, you’ll learn from some of the best, helping you be the best.


Employability was also recognised as an area of strength for the University with a Five Star rating. We scored the maximum rating available for graduate employability rate and career service support. We recognise the importance for students of gaining experience in the ‘real world’ during their time with us. We’re in the Top 20 in the UK for placement years in industry (HESA Student Record 2021/22).


The University achieved a top 5 Star rating in the category of Internationalisation. We scored the top rating for our international research collaborations, international students, our international support centre and for international diversity.


We achieved the top rating in the facilities category, providing students with a superb learning environment. The University scored the maximum number of points available for student accommodation, health support services and student clubs and societies.


The University excelled in the area of inclusiveness, achieving the maximum 5 Star rating. This category considered scholarships and bursaries and low-income outreach and was seen as a key factor for the QS star rating.

More information on QS Stars.


World Rankings


We’re now ranked 567th in the world in the 2024 QS World Rankings, rising up the rankings of 1,500 global institutions for the last 2 years. We’re also ranked 246th in Europe (top 36%), and 60th out of 107 institutions in the UK. 


University of Huddersfield 2023 Subject Ranking Results 


In the 2023 QS World University Rankings, we have been named as one of the top universities globally for the following subjects**: 

  •  We rank 27th globally and 9th in the UK for Performing Arts
  •  We're in the top 150 in the world for Communication & Media Studies
  •  We're in the top 300 in the world for English Language and Education and Training.


*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.