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Durham University News


Record number of subjects in World Top 50

(28 February 2018)

Durham University has recorded its highest ever number of subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.

Nine Durham subjects are now in the World Top 50 of the prestigious international table, up one from last year, including three that maintain their places in the World Top 10 - Theology & Religion (3rd); Archaeology (5th) and Geography (6th).

Classics is included in the rankings for the first time and Durham is ranked 25th globally.

Earth Sciences, Anthropology, English, History and Law also feature in the World Top 50.

A further seven subjects – Chemistry, Languages, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology and Social Policy– are listed in the World Top 100.*

In total, 16 subjects are ranked in the World Top 100, up from 14 last year.

Across broad subject areas, Durham is 31st for Arts and Humanities (up from 45th in 2017); 59th for Natural Sciences (up from 72nd); and 78th in Social Sciences and Management (up from 98th).

More information about the QS World University Subject Rankings can be found here.

One of the world’s leading universities

Durham University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its Top 100 position in both the overall QS World University Rankings 2018 and the THE World University Rankings 2018.

Nationally, Durham is one of the UK’s top performing universities and is ranked fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2018, fifth in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, and sixth in The Complete University Guide 2018.

This is the second year running that Durham University has achieved its highest number of subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

World class research & education

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University, said: “To surpass our achievements in this respected international ranking is wonderful and testimony to the truly world class research and education we provide at Durham.

“Our students are taught by some of the world’s leading researchers as part of a rounded educational experience that enables them to develop both their knowledge of their chosen degrees and their skills and talents, whether that is in drama, music, sport or volunteering. Our students are rightly in great demand by employers around the world.

“We aim to build on success with an ambitious strategy that is seeing us invest in new facilities that will enhance research, teaching and the wider student experience while continuing to attract some of the world’s best academics to Durham.

“Everyone at the University can be rightly proud of these rankings and their contributions to Durham’s continuing success.”

Academic & employer reputation

The QS World University Subject Rankings are published annually and bring together the world’s top universities in a range of subject areas. The rankings are based on academic and employer reputation, research citations and the productivity and impact of the work published by academics.

To compile this year’s league table, QS analysed over 22 million research papers, producing close to 200 million citations.

A total of 1,130 institutions from 151 countries were ranked and the rankings looked at 48 subjects in five broad subject areas.

* Please note that at Durham University:

  • Languages is called Modern Languages & Cultures;
  • Politics is part of the School of Government and International Affairs;
  • Social Policy comes under the Department of Sociology.

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