04.11.2010, CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010

The Biology Department at the University of Exeter especially strong in research and internationally oriented in comparison to the rest of Europe.

130 universities in Europe offer outstanding, research-strong departments with an international orientation for master’s and doctoral students in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics; for this accomplishment, they belong to the "Excellence Group" of the CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010.
The University of Exeter belongs to the Excellence Group in the subject of Biology.
Eight criteria were important for selection: number of publications, number of citations, student and staff mobility, and presence of Erasmus Mundus master’s programmes or Marie-Curie projects. Likewise, a deciding factor was whether researchers earned an ERC Grant or a Nobel Prize within their specialist area.
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All of this is available online in the CHE ExcellenceRanking, with the results of this year’s round of the natural science subject areas (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Mathematics as well as the results from last year’s analysis of the subjects Economics, Psychology and Political Science. With this, the CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010 comprises information from over 4.500 research groups in 19 countries which interested future scientists can refer to in their search for a relevant programme.
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