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Archaeology Part of Humanities

Global recognition for archaeology in QS World Rankings by Subject

Published: 23 March 2016

The University of Southampton has placed five subjects amongst the top 45 in the world according to the latest QS World Rankings by Subject including Archaeology and the Performing Arts. Southampton is ranked 27 in the world for Archaeology, seventh amongst UK institutions listed by QS. The University is also 43 globally for the Performing Arts and ninth in the UK.

Professor Anne Curry, Dean of Humanities, said: “The success of Archaeology in the QS rankings underlines the success of our global activities at the cutting edge of this field which serves to unite science and humanities and which reflects the stimulating environment where colleagues in all our disciplines share a passion for the study of human existence both past and present.

“For Performing Arts, QS confirms our reputation for Music - having placed first in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework - where our strength lies in our diversity from early music to hip hop, and from Mozart to contemporary composition, with a strong emphasis on performance,” she concluded.

The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings reflect internationally-recognised indicators of excellence to rate and rank the world’s leading universities. In addition to providing global rankings at institutional level, QS ranks universities in 42 individual subject areas using data compiled from global surveys of academics and employers to assess international reputation plus further indicators to recognise research impact.

“These results in the QS World Rankings by Subject recognise Southampton’s excellence across a wide range of areas where the University has established an international reputation,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden. “Perhaps most importantly, these rankings reflect our impact as a University in the eyes of our peers in industry and academia which substantiates and reinforces our reputation around the world.”

Last September, the University of Southampton rose 13 places to 81 in the QS World University Rankings to consolidate its position amongst the world’s leading institutions. Amongst UK universities in the table, Southampton ranked 17.

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