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Continued success for Southampton in QS World University Rankings by Subject

Published: 4 March 2021
Nursing, Statistics and Geology
Southampton is ranked top 50 globally for Nursing, Statistics & Operational Research and Geology.

The University of Southampton has three subjects placed in the global top 50 in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2021.

Nursing at Southampton is ranked within the global top 10 for a fifth successive year, placing at 9th in the world and third amongst all UK universities listed for this subject.

Statistics & Operational Research climbs once again to 33rd worldwide and seventh in the UK with Geology placed =50th overall and eighth in the UK.

A further 12 subjects feature in the world’s top 100 including:

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (62nd out of 503);
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (75th out of 500);
  • Medicine (88th out of 650);
  • Physics & Astronomy (=66th out of 601).

The remaining subjects in the top 100 are between 51-100, but with no specific numerical ranking:

  • Archaeology;
  • Civil & Structural Engineering;
  • Earth & Marine Sciences;
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering; 
  • Geography;
  • Geophysics;
  • Psychology;
  • Social Policy & Administration.

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 each subject.

“I wish to congratulate everyone involved in making our University truly world renowned across a range of subjects which is all down to the hard work and achievements of our staff and students,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E Smith. “These QS World University Rankings by Subject are an excellent indicator of our success as well as our reputation amongst our peers, colleagues and collaborators around the world who have given us their backing of Southampton as being amongst the very best universities in the world.”

Click here to review the full QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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