Yesterday the QS World University Rankings by Subject were released. UK universities were ranked top in 10 of the 48 subject tables. UK institutions are ranked in the top 3 of 32 of 48 subjects and are included in the top 3 positions in 50 of 146 subjects. British institutions are ranked highly in Arts & Humanities, Life Sciences and Social Sciences, but less highly in engineering & technology, with only two institutions featuring in the top three of the subject’s six areas. The University of Cambridge has 37 top-10 departments and Oxford has 35 top-10 departments. The rankings show that the University of Oxford is one of three universities worldwide that is rated top in more than one subject (4). Bournemouth University was ranked 8th in the rankings for Hospitality & Leisure Management.
The rankings show that the US took 34 of the 48 available number-one positions, a smaller share compared to 2017 – 35 of 46 number one positions. There has also been a slight decrease in the US share of top-three positions across the 48 tables – from 55.7% in 2017 to 54.8% in 2018.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) remains the top performing HEI in Asia. It takes 11 top-10 places across the 48 subject tables. This reflects the Times Higher Education rankings 2018, which also highlighted NUS as Asia’s top performing university.