World's Largest-Ever University Subject Rankings

Mar 21, 2016, 17:00 ET from QS Quacquarelli Symonds

LONDON, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Academics and employers name the world's top universities in 42 disciplines 


The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today on , features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind.

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The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database.

Harvard and MIT continue to take the lion's share of top places, leading in twelve subjects each. Sixteen different institutions top at least one of the subjects.

In the six new disciplines ranked, Harvard leads Anthropology and Social Policy and Administration while Cambridge leads Archaeology.  Juilliard tops Performing Arts. Colorado School of Mines tops Mineral Engineering while University of Pennsylvania leads Nursing. The chart below features the universities achieving the most numerous placements within the top-ten.

    Cambridge                                     36
    Berkeley                                      35
    Stanford                                      33
    Oxford                                        33
    Harvard                                       30
    MIT                                           22
    LSE                                           13
    National University of Singapore              13
    Princeton                                     12
    ETH Zurich                                    11
    Yale                                          10
    Imperial College London                        9
    UCL                                            9
    University of Copenhagen                       8
    University of Chicago                          7
    University of Hong Kong                        6
    Caltech                                        5
    Columbia                                       5
    The University of Tokyo                        5
    University of Michigan                         5
    UPenn                                          5
    Australian National University                 4
    Karolinska Institute                           4
    NYU                                            4
    Delft University of Technology                 3
    King's College London                          3
    University of Wisconsin-Madison                3

Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: "Though US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings yet show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places. Nations like Austria, Finland, South Africa, Brazil, and China, can be found in the top ten of our tables. Our new top 100 for Performing Arts acknowledges academic excellence in 27 different countries, while our top 200 for Business & Management recognizes it in 33."

In continental Europe the countries with highest number of placements among the top-ten are: Switzerland (11), Netherlands (8), Sweden (6), France (3) and Italy (2). In Asia-Pacific: Singapore (15), Australia (9), Japan (7), Hong Kong (6), Mainland China (5).

Brazil dominates Latin America, with Universidade de São Paulo ranking 9th for Dentistry. South Africa leads its continent with Cape Town University 9th in Development Studies.

In the Middle East, the top performing country is Saudi Arabia, with KFUPM, ranked 46= in Mineral Engineering.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject, 42 tables, can be found in their entirety here.

SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds