QS World Rankings 2017: All You Need To Know

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The QS World Rankings 2017 information has recently been released, and the UK has yet again performed very well, and proven itself as a top education destination for students all across the world.


The QS World Ranking covers 46 different subjects and 1,127 universities, from 74 different countries across the world. Almost half of the subjects featured in the rankings are from universities in the UK. Within the subjects ranked, a quarter of the universities in the top 10 are from the UK. Almost every subject offered by the UK's top two universities, Oxford and Cambridge, feature in their top 10 rankings. Out of all of the UK universities featured, Cambridge has the most subjects in the top 10.


QS Methodology Explained

The QS World Rankings are compiled for each subject using results from four areas:

1.       Academic reputation – This is based on the reputation of the university from their peers in the academic world. Over 70,000 academics were surveyed worldwide in 2017, and were asked to list up to 40 academic institutions in which they believed to be excellent for research in their given subject area.

2.       Employer reputation – In 2017, over 40,000 graduate employers from all over the world were surveyed. Similar to the survey of academics, the employers were asked to name up to 40 institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates, whilst also being asked from which subject areas and disciplines they prefer to recruit.

3.       Research citations by paper – This takes into account the amount of research papers from each university that has been cited by other academics and students in learning and other research. Papers with high levels of citation generally tend to be well-respected and highly thought of, thus reflecting the respect given to the institution.

4.       H-index – This is a way of measuring the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. Based on the set of the academic's most cited papers and number of citations received in other publications, the index can also be applied to a group of scientists, such as those in a specific university department.

So, what's new this year?

New subjects have been added to the rankings this year, including those from:

Arts and humanities.

Social science and management.

Engineering and technology.

Natural science.

Life sciences and medicine.

Find master’s courses in these above areas by clicking here.

Highlights from the 2017 QS World Rankings

Royal College of Art, in London, retains its top position for Art and Design.

University of Sussex beats Harvard and takes the number one slot in the rankings in Development Studies!


Loughborough University is ranked the best institution in the world for sports-related subjects.


University College London becomes number one in the world for education degrees.


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