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London crowned world's leading university city

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06 March 2020

London has been named as the world’s leading university city with more faculty programs ranked among the top-50 in the world than any other university city, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject by global education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees 115 programs at 19 London higher education institutions achieve a top-50 position for their subject. Other top international cities with a high number of top-50 programs include Boston (69), New York (65), Beijing (59), Seoul (50), Tokyo (46), Los Angeles (43), and Paris (43).

Three programs at London’s higher universities ranked number-one on the planet in their respective disciplines. The Royal College of Art has been ranked world number-one for the study of Art & Design; University College London’s Institute of Education has been ranked first for the study of Education for the fifth consecutive year; and King’s College London has risen from second to first for the study of Dentistry.

The rankings highlight each higher education program’s performance across 4 categories1, including the academic reputation of the institution and employer perception.

Results also show an overall progress for London’s universities, out of the capital’s 228 ranked programs, more have improved their position (79) than have fallen (49) since 2018, cementing the capital’s number one position.

Lalage Clay, Director, Education and Talent at London & Partners, London’s international trade, investment and promotion agency and home of Study London said:

“London attracts bright, ambitious people from around the globe to study at our world-class institutions – they learn from the top academic minds here and contribute to our lively intellectual climate.

These results show that whatever their subject interest – Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Design or Business – international students can be sure of an outstanding experience in London’s diverse higher education sector.”

Jack Moran, QS Spokesperson, said:

“This year’s edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject serves to underline London’s status as a uniquely successful higher education ecosystem. No city possesses the same diversity or concentration of educational excellence, shared among so many institutions.”

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: London Top-10 Programs

RANK 2020

RANK 2018

Institution

Subject

7=

7

Goldsmiths, University of London

Communication & Media Studies

6

7

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Performing Arts

10

9

Imperial College London

Engineering – Chemical

5

6

Imperial College London

Engineering – Civil & Structural

7

7=

Imperial College London

Engineering – Electrical & Electronic

7=

10

Imperial College London

Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing

9=

9

Imperial College London

Environmental Sciences

10=

12

Imperial College London

Medicine

8

12

Imperial College London

Statistics & Operational Research

1

2=

King’s College London (KCL)

Dentistry

2

2

King’s College London (KCL)

Nursing

8

10

King’s College London (KCL)

Philosophy

3

3

London Business School

Business & Management Studies

4

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Accounting & Finance

8

9

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Anthropology

10

8=

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Business & Management Studies

3

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Communication & Media Studies

4

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Development Studies

5=

6

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Economics & Econometrics

2

2

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Geography

5

6

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

History

6

7

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Law

5

9

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Philosophy

5

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Politics & International Studies

3

1

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Social Policy & Administration

3

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC)

Sociology

4

4

Royal Academy of Music

Performing Arts

1

1

Royal College of Art

Art & Design

2

3

Royal College of Music

Performing Arts

2

1

Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Veterinary Science

6=

8

SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Development Studies

3

1

The Bartlett School of Architecture | UCL (University College London)

Architecture/Built Environment

5

5

UCL (University College London)

Anatomy & Physiology

4=

5

UCL (University College London)

Anthropology

3

3

UCL (University College London)

Archaeology

8

7

UCL (University College London)

Geography

8

9=

UCL (University College London)

Medicine

5

7

UCL (University College London)

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

7

10

UCL (University College London)

Psychology

1

1

UCL Institute of Education | University College London

Education

2

2

University of the Arts London

Art & Design

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2019 www.TopUniversities.com/. All rights reserved.


41 programs offered by London’s universities achieved a top-10 rank, reinforcing London’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world for higher education.

For further information on studying in London visit www.studylondon.ac.uk

Notes to editors

NOTES TO EDITORS

QS University Rankings

QS Quacquarelli Symonds have been compiling university rankings since 2004, when they published their inaugural QS World University Rankings. Since then, QS’s rankings have grown to be the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their Subject rankings tables were visited over 37 million times in 2018, and their overall rankings tables over 73 million times.

The project has expanded to include: 5 regional rankings, the QS Best Student Cities ranking, rankings by Subject Area, the QS Higher Education System Strength Ranking, and, most recently, the QS Graduate Employability Ranking. QS’s research is featured by media outlets across the world, with over 50,000 media clippings related to QS published in 2018.

Method

1QS use four key metrics to compile the rankings. The precise weighting of each metric varies by subject to reflect differing publication cultures across disciplines. For example, research performance is deemed to be a stronger indicator of institutional strength in Medicine, where the discipline is highly reliant on dissemination of research, than it is in Performing Arts, where the discipline is more vocational in nature.

  1. Academic Reputation – which institutions are most-highly regarded by the global academic community? The scores for this indicator are based on over 94,000 responses to QS’s Academic Survey – the world’s largest repository of global academic sentiment;
  1. Employer Reputation which institutions are regarded by the world’s hiring managers as nurturing the most talented, hireable graduates? The dataset for this indicator is derived from insights offered by over 44,000 hiring managers – the world’s largest repository of informed employer opinion about graduate strength;
  1. Citations per Paper – which institutions are having the strongest impact on research in their field? This indicator accounts for the distribution of 162 million research citations deriving from 22.5 million research papers, indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database. To account for divergences in institutional size, QS do not measure raw citation counts – which favours larger institutions – but divide the number of citations received on an institution’s research papers by the number of papers produced across a five-year window.
  1. H-Index – how productive are an institution’s research faculty? The h-index is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.

About Scopus Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 55+ million items indexed from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

About Elsevier Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

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