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The University of Southampton

Southampton success in QS world subject rankings

Published: 4 March 2020
QS World Rankings by Subject
Southampton has four subjects in the top 50 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The University of Southampton has performed well in the QS World University Rankings by Subject with four subject areas placing in the top 50 globally.

Nursing and Midwifery at Southampton lead the way, placing at 5th in the world for the second successive year and third year in a row within the global top 10. Southampton is second amongst all UK universities ranked in this subject area.

Statistics & Operational Research is the highest climber from Southampton, rising 11 places to 37th worldwide. The University is also ranked 40th overall for Earth-related Engineering, encompassing Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geotechnical Engineering and Ocean Engineering, and 44th in the world for Archaeology.

A further eight subjects feature in the world’s top 100 (ranked between 51-100) including Civil & Structural Engineering; Earth & Marine Sciences; Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Geography;  Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering; Medicine; Physics & Astronomy; and Psychology. 

Southampton’s performance in all of the areas listed is powered by the University’s continued improvement in reputational rating amongst academic peers and employers around the world and good scores for research citations and ‘h-index’ which measures the productivity and impact of work published by scientists and scholars in the subject.

“Congratulations to all of the staff and students involved,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Smith. “This is a really good sign of how well-rated we are by our peers as we truly are an international university that competes with the very best in the world.”


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