Takeaways from the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

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This year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 was compiled by analysing millions of papers and hundreds and thousands of surveys, and includes four new subjects: Anatomy & Physiology, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Sports-related Subjects, and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.

HospitalityThere are 46 different subjects included along with five composite subject areas.

We’ve summarised our top five interesting takeaways from the university rankings to save you time:

  1. The University of Harvard dominates the most subjects, topping 15 tables.
  2. UK universities take just over 33% of all top-three positions and over 25% of all top-10 positions. Despite this success, these numbers are lower than last year.
  3. The University of Cambridge has more subjects in the top 10 than any other institution in the world.
  4. Nations in both Eastern Europe and Asia – most notably Russia and China – increase their share in the ranking.
  5. The following table lists the institutions that feature in the top 10 of the 46 subject tables most frequently:



Number of Top-10 Places

University of Cambridge United Kingdom 36
University of California, Berkeley United States 34
University of Oxford United Kingdom 33
Stanford University United States 32
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States 21
University of California, Los Angeles United States 14
London School of Economics United Kingdom 13
Yale University United States 12
ETH Zurich Switzerland 10
Princeton University United States 10

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