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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

LONDON, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — QS name worlds top universities for 46 subjects

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have named the world’s best universities for the study of 46 subjects. The 7th QS World University Rankings by Subject sees Harvard University ranked as the leading institution for 15 different disciplines. It is followed by its perennial rival, MIT, which is ranked number one for 12 subjects this year.

The tables feature 1127 universities from 74 countries, providing the most comprehensive global overview of higher education performance at discipline level. Key findings include:

  • The University of Oxford is number one for four different subjects;
  • The UK and US cumulatively take a smaller share of overall places, while countries in Asia -namely China – and Eastern Europe see their share increase in 2017;
  • Singapore leads Asia in terms of the number of top-20 places achieved;
  • Four new subjects are featured this year: Anatomy & Physiology, Hospitality, Sports-related Subjects, and Theology;
  • The below table provides a list of all subjects ranked, and the global leader in that subject:

Subject    #1
Accounting & Finance  –  Harvard
Agriculture & Forestry  –  Wageningen University
Anatomy & Physiology  –  Oxford
Anthropology  –  Harvard
Archaeology  –  Oxford
Architecture  –  MIT
Art & Design  –  Royal College of Art
Biological Sciences  –  Harvard
Business & Management Studies –   Harvard
Chemistry  –  MIT
Communication & Media Studies  –  University of Southern California
Computer Science & Information Systems –   MIT
Dentistry  –  University of Hong Kong
Development Studies  –  University of Sussex
Earth & Marine Sciences  –  ETH Zurich
Economics & Econometrics   – MIT
Education  –  UCL Institute of Education
Engineering – Chemical –   MIT
Engineering – Civil & Structural   – MIT
Engineering – Electrical  –  MIT
Engineering – Mechanical  –  MIT
Engineering – Mining & Mineral  –  Colorado School of Mines
English Language & Literature  –  Oxford
Environmental Sciences –   University of California, Berkeley
Geography  –  Oxford
History –   Harvard
Hospitality  –  University of Nevada
Law –   Harvard
Linguistics  –  MIT
Materials Science  –  MIT
Mathematics  –  MIT
Medicine  –  Harvard
Modern Languages  –  Harvard
Nursing   – University of Pennsylvania
Performing Arts  –  Juilliard School
Pharmacy & Pharmacology –   Harvard
Philosophy  –  University of Pittsburgh
Physics & Astronomy  –  MIT
Politics & International Studies  –  Harvard
Psychology  –  Harvard
Social Policy & Administration  –  Harvard
Sociology  –  Harvard
Sports-related Subjects  – Loughborough University;
University of Sydney
Statistics & Operational Research  –  Harvard
Theology  –  Harvard
Veterinary Science  –  University of California, Davis

(c) QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017

QS analysed:

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

Bibliometric data is provided by Scopus/Elsevier. The full tables can be found here.

SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds – #QSWUR

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