Lancaster University has been ranked joint 23rd in the world for environmental sciences by the 2012 QS World University Rankings by subject.
The result ranks environmental sciences at Lancaster fourth within the UK behind University of Oxford (7th), Imperial College London (joint 11th) and University of Cambridge (13th).
Environmental sciences at Lancaster University are a component of the interdisciplinary Lancaster Environment Centre - a major development on Lancaster’s Campus, bringing together a community of university environmental researchers, government scientists and a growing number of commercial enterprises.
The QS subject rankings combine an academic peer review (50 per cent) and employer review (10 per cent) with citation data (40 per cent).
The environmental sciences subject table was compiled from a total of 1,181 questionnaires completed by academics and employers across the world. Lancaster University performed particularly well in the citations assessment, with the 11th highest score amongst the 200 listed institutions.
This is the second year that QS has presented subject-specific rankings.
This year Lancaster University appears in 19 of the 29 subject areas assessed in 2012, being placed in the top fifty for three other subjects sociology (47th), linguistics (49th) and accounting & finance (joint 50th).