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The world's best universities ranked by subject

British education company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has announced its World University Rankings, grading the globe's top higher education institutions by subject. If you're interested in the methodology of the rankings, QS outlines its approach on their site.

Without further ado, here are the top schools and their QS scores for each subject:

ARTS & HUMANITIES

Philosophy (see full rankings)

  1. University of Oxford (UK)—98.5
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—87.2
  3. Princeton University—86.7
  4. New York University—86.1
  5. University of California, Berkeley—83

 

Modern Languages (see full rankings)

  1. University of Oxford (UK)—100
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—99.2
  3. Harvard University—98.3
  4. University of California, Berkeley—92.9
  5. Yale University—92.5

 

Geography (see full rankings)

  1. University of Oxford (UK)—97.8
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—95.9
  3. London School of Economics (UK)—95.5
  4. University of California, Berkeley—94.5
  5. Durham University (UK)—92.4

 

History (see full rankings)

  1. University of Cambridge (UK)—99.9
  2. University of Oxford (UK)—83.3
  3. Princeton University—78.7
  4. University of Chicago—77.3
  5. Yale University—76.9

 

Linguistics (see full rankings)

  1. University of Cambridge (UK)—98.1
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—96.8
  3. University of California, Los Angeles—93
  4. University of Oxford (UK)—88.2
  5. University of Edinburgh (UK)—86.6

 

English Language and Literature (see full rankings)

  1. University of Oxford—100
  2. University of Cambridge—99.4
  3. Harvard University—96.4
  4. University of California, Berkeley—92.6
  5. Yale University—91.9

 

ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

Computer Science and Information Systems (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—96.7
  2. Stanford University—92.1
  3. University of Oxford (UK)—92
  4. Carnegie Mellon University—90.5
  5. University of Cambridge (UK)—89.8

 

Chemical Engineering (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—95.1
  2. University of California, Berkeley—92.6
  3. Imperial College London (UK)—90.5
  4. University of Oxford (UK)—88.8
  5. University of Cambridge (UK)—88.4

 

Civil and Structural Engineering (see full rankings)

  1. Imperial College London (UK)—89.6
  2. University of California, Berkeley—87
  3. The University of Tokyo (Japan)—86.7
  4. Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)—86.3
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—86

 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—96.7
  2. Stanford University—91.7
  3. University of California, Berkeley—89.2
  4. University of Cambridge (UK)—89.1
  5. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)—86.8

 

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—97.7
  2. Stanford University—91.7
  3. Cambridge University (UK)—91.4
  4. Imperial College London (UK)—87.6
  5. University of California, Berkeley—87.6

 

LIFE SCIENCES AND MEDICINE

Medicine (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—98.6
  2. Oxford University (UK)—92.9
  3. University of Cambridge (UK)—91.7
  4. John Hopkins University—90.1
  5. Stanford University—88.9

 

Biological Sciences (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—97
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—90.8
  3. University of Cambridge (UK)—90.2
  4. University of Oxford (UK)—87.3
  5. Stanford University—84.8

 

Psychology (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—97.1
  2. University of Oxford (UK)—93.5
  3. University of Cambridge (UK)—92.3
  4. Stanford University—88.1
  5. University of California, Los Angeles—88.1

 

Pharmacy and Pharmacology (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—98.7
  2. University of Oxford (UK)—94.7
  3. University of Cambridge (UK)—92.7
  4. Karolinska Institute (Sweden)—92.5
  5. University of Manchester (UK)—90.3

 

Agriculture and Forestry (see full rankings)

  1. University of California, Davis—95.6
  2. Wageningen University (Netherlands)—91.2
  3. Cornell University—90.4
  4. University of Wisconsin-Madison—84.9
  5. Texas A&M University—79.4

 

NATURAL SCIENCES

Physics and Astronomy (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—96.6
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—93.7
  3. Harvard University—91.4
  4. Stanford University—91.1
  5. University of California, Berkeley—90.2

 

Mathematics (see full rankings)

  1. University of Cambridge (UK)—94.9
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—94
  3. Harvard University—93.2
  4. University of California, Berkeley—91.8
  5. University of Oxford (UK)—91.7

 

Environmental Sciences (see full rankings)

  1. University of California, Berkeley—94.9
  2. Stanford University—92.3
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—91.9
  4. Harvard University—91.7
  5. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)—90

 

Earth and Marine Sciences (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—89
  2. University of California, Berkeley—89
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—88.7
  4. University of Cambridge (UK)—88
  5. California Institute of Technology—87.5

 

Chemistry (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—95.6
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—95.2
  3. University of California, Berkeley—92
  4. Harvard University—89.7
  5. University of Oxford (UK)—89.4

 

Materials Sciences (see full rankings)

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—96.8
  2. University of California, Berkeley—91.6
  3. Stanford University—91.3
  4. University of Cambridge (UK)—91.1
  5. Imperial College London (UK)—89.9

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Statistics and Operational Research (see full rankings)

  1. University of California, Berkeley—97.6
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—91
  3. Stanford University—88.2
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology—86
  5. National University of Singapore (Singapore)—85.9

 

Sociology (see full rankings)

  1. University of California, Berkeley—96.4
  2. Harvard University—94.2
  3. University of California, Los Angeles—89.3
  4. London School of Economics (UK)—88.3
  5. Columbia University—84.3

 

Politics and International Studies (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—94.2
  2. London School of Economics—93
  3. Yale University—89.2
  4. University of Oxford (UK)—87.7
  5. Princeton University—87.1

 

Law (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—96.7
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—96
  3. University of Oxford (UK)—94
  4. Yale University—93.6
  5. University of Melbourne (Australia)—89.1

 

Economics and Econometrics (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—96.4
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—95.9
  3. London School of Economics (UK)—92.3
  4. University of Chicago—89.7
  5. University of California, Berkeley—89.4

 

Accounting and Finance (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—97.8
  2. London School of Economics (UK)—92.5
  3. University of Oxford (UK)—92.3
  4. University of Cambridge (UK)—90.9
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology—89.3

 

Communication and Media Studies (see full rankings)

  1. University of California, Berkeley—95.8
  2. University of Texas at Austin—91.6
  3. Columbia University—88.4
  4. National University of Singapore (Singapore)—86.8
  5. University of Wisconsin-Madison—86.7

 

Education (see full rankings)

  1. Harvard University—96.4
  2. University of Cambridge (UK)—94.8
  3. University of Melbourne (Australia)—89.7
  4. Stanford University—87
  5. University of Oxford (UK)—85.6

 


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