29 subjects ranked: first QS World University Rankings® by Subject
The QS World University Rankings® by Subject evaluates universities at a more granular level. Based on natural groupings, response levels and expert advice, almost 30 subject disciplines have been published on TopUniversities in 2012.
Although the QS World University Rankings® have become the world's favourite reference for comparing international higher education institutions at an overall level, there is a clear demand for ways to compare the effectiveness of institutions in narrower subject disciplines as many prospective international students know first what they want to study before asking the question of where they want to study.
The QS World University Rankings® by Subject looks at three indicators. Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation and Citations per Paper. Weightings are not applied evenly between indicators for different disciplines and are based on publication patterns and level of employer interest in the given subject area — all subjects have attracted solid academic and employer response levels.