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Methodological refinements reveal hidden gems – QS World University Rankings by Subject

Today sees the release of the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

This year the work has been extended to address 30 subjects with the addition of Agriculture & Forestry. Developments don’t stop there though, stronger survey responses, refined analysis and the introduction of a score based on h-index have led to the most fascinating set of results yet.

In compiling the subject rankings perhaps the biggest challenge is overcoming what might be termed the “Princeton Law School” effect. Where highly reputed universities in the round are found to be strong in disciplines which they are not, or in some cases do not cover at all.

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Diverse subject rankings show the strength of global competition

This year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject cover a record 29 disciplines, and the headline figure tells a familiar story.

MIT and Harvard underline their place at the forefront of global academia in a range of fields, topping the tables in 11 disciplines apiece, with fellow US institution Stanford University taking 3 top spots.

The remaining number-one positions are occupied by the UK’s leading universities, Oxford (top in geography, history and philosophy) and Cambridge (English language and literature).

However, while the leading institutions from the US and UK underline their consistency across the spectrum of academic endeavor, these rankings are notable above all, for the number of world-class departments they reveal at institutions less accustomed to the upper echelons of global rankings.

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QS Subject Rankings 2012: top universities for natural sciences

The release of the QS World University by Subject revealed some interesting trends. The big picture for natural sciences is much the same as in most subject areas: overall US domination, interspersed with fairly stable performance from universities in other well-established higher education destinations, and – in general – the most exciting upwards movement coming from emerging Asian universities.
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012 – Education

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012 release features 29 subject areas and speaks to universities’ specialised strengths. The chart below are the results for the top ten in Education. This is the first year we are publishing results in this subject area. Check out topuniversities.com for the full list of subject areas.

Rank QS World University Rankings by Subject – Education
1 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
3 University of Cambridge
4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
5 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
6 University of Oxford
7 Columbia University
8 University of Hong Kong
9 University of Michigan
10= University of Melbourne
10= University of Sydney
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012 release features 29 subject areas and speaks to universities’ specialised strengths. The chart below are the results for the top ten in Computer Science – there are some familiar faces but also some surprises. Check out topuniversities.com for the full list of subject areas.

 

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012 – Computer Science
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2 Stanford University
3 Carnegie Mellon University
4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
5 Harvard University
6 University of Oxford
7 University of Cambridge
8 ETH Zurich
9 National University of Singapore
10 Princeton University
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012 Release

A second round of global comparisons of universities and specialist institutions in 29 subjects will begin to be published on Friday, 29th of June.

The new QS World University Rankings by Subject will be released in four tranches, beginning with the social sciences. They will feature improvements to the methodology introduced last year in the first ever international rankings of individual subjects, as well as an extension into new academic areas. Universities will continue to be ranked by academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations, with weightings tailored to each subject.

Last year’s exercise highlighted areas of excellence in universities that may not compete at the top level across all subjects, as well as confirming the status of the leaders in the overall QS World University Rankings.

The first 26 subject rankings attracted huge interest in 2011. Although dominated by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the results allowed more than 550 universities to demonstrate their strength in particular fields. Among the new subjects to be ranked will be Education and Communication and Media Studies, both of which attract large numbers of international students.
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012

A second round of global comparisons of universities and specialist institutions in more than 30 subjects will begin to be published in the next few weeks.

The new QS World University Rankings by Subject will be released in four tranches, beginning with the social sciences. They will feature improvements to the methodology introduced last year in the first ever international rankings of individual subjects, as well as an extension into new academic areas. Universities will continue to be ranked by academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations, with weightings tailored to each subject.

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HE News Brief 1.8.11

by Abby Chau

  • INTERNATIONAL: Webometrics has just launched its new results, plus a few tweaks in its methodology
  • UK: Competition between institutions for the best-performing students is raising eyebrows
  • BULGARIA: Institutions have won rights to set fees for Masters programmes and to audit foreign diplomas
  • INTERNATIONAL: The rankings debate continues with Ellen Hazelkorn, Reaganomics, and the notion of world-class
  • INTERNATIONAL: QS recently released its Subject Rankings in the Social Sciences Read more

2011 QS World University Rankings® by Subject: Social Sciences

by Danny Byrne

The QS World University Rankings® for Social Sciences completes the first comprehensive set of international rankings at subject level, with 26 disciplines now covered in total. The final batch covers some of the most popular undergraduate degree subjects, many of which have a direct connection to the world of work: Accounting and Finance, Economics, Law, Politics and International Studies, Statistics and Operational Research, and Sociology.

As in the other QS World University Rankings® by Subject, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations. Given the professional application of subjects such as Law and Economics, and the relative lack of published research in journals in comparison to other discipline, employer opinion has been given a significant emphasis in the weightings of the social sciences rankings. The results confirmed that employers have a particular interest in social sciences graduates; the most sought-after graduates among global employers were those in Business, Engineering, Accountancy and Finance, and Economics, two of which fall within the social sciences.

Within the social sciences, employers demonstrated their high regard for London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), and the results suggest that the university can hold its own with Oxford and Cambridge in the areas in which it specializes. The university’s applied emphasis is obviously successful in producing work-ready graduates, as LSE was ranked in the top five by employers in four of the six Social Sciences subjects. The university ranks in the top ten overall in five of the six subjects, with particular strengths coming in Politics and Economics, in which it ranks 4th.

However, the dominant force at the top of the tables is again Harvard University, which ranks 1st in five of the six subjects, takes its total table topping performance in the 2011 QS World University Rankings® by Subject to a remarkable 16 of the 26 disciplines. The only exception to the Harvard whitewash was Statistics and Operational Research, which is topped by Stanford University. This brings the number of universities that rank first in one of the 26 subjects to five: Harvard (17), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6), Cambridge (2), with Oxford and Stanford top in one subject each. Read more