QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017


London, 8th March 2017: Harvard University is the world’s best place to study 15 different subjects, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance, released today, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. QS’s subject tables were viewed more than thirty million times throughout 2016. Hungary is one of the 74 nations to see its institutions ranked.

Harvard’s tally of 15 number-one spots means that it leads Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12 number-one spots). Key findings for the world’s international students include:

  • The United Kingdom’s universities take eight number-one positions, with the University of Oxford ranking number-one for four different subjects;
  • The University of Cambridge is in the global top ten for more subjects than any other university, taking thirty-six top-ten placements;
  • Harvard University remains the world’s best place for aspiring Business & Management students;
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology has become the world’s best university for the study of Mathematics;
  • MIT remains the world’s best university for the study of Computer Science;
  • MIT is the world’s best university for four of QS’s Engineering-related disciplines;
  • Harvard University is the world’s best university for the study of Medicine.

Hungary sees eight of its universities ranked. Most impressively, Central European University ranks 42nd in the world for Politics & International Studies. It also places in the top 100 for Philosophy, Social Policy & Administration, and Sociology (all in the 51-100 category).
Hungary’s most-ranked institution is Eotvos Lorand University, placing in ten subjects.

The following table lists the institutions that feature in the top 10 of the 46 subject tables most frequently:

QS have also released their QS World University Rankings by Faculty. The rankings by Faculty assess university performance across five broad groups of subjects: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management.
QS have added four subjects to this year’s project: Anatomy & Physiology, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Sports-related Subjects, and Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies.
The final tables are the result of QS analysing:

  • Over 185 million citations;
  • Over 43 million papers;
  • 194,000 responses to their global Employer Survey;
  • Over 305,000 responses to their global Academic Survey.

Bibliometric data is provided by Scopus/Elsevier, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The full QS World University Rankings by Subject tables can be found here. The full methodology can be found here.

QS University Rankings
QS Quacquarelli Symonds have been compiling university rankings since 2004, when they published their inaugural QS World University Rankings. Since then, QS’s rankings have grown to be the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their Subject rankings tables were visited over 30 million times in 2016, and their overall rankings tables over 54 million times.

The project has expanded to include: 5 regional rankings, the QS Best Student Cities ranking, rankings by Subject Area, the QS Higher Education System Strength Ranking, and, most recently, the QS Graduate Employability Ranking. QS’s research is featured by media outlets across the world, with over 46,000 media clippings related to QS published in 2016.

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