QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017: The Top Performers

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 has just been released! It lists the top-ranking institutions in each specific subject area, offering students a more comprehensive look at the best places to study.

We’ve summarised the institutions with the most number one ranked subjects below:

Harvard University

Harvard University tops the league with 15 subjects ranked in the top spot:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & Management Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Modern Languages
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • Politics & International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy & Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics & Operational Research
  • Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has the second highest number of top-ranked subjects, totalling 12:

  • Architecture / Built Environment
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Engineering – Chemical
  • Engineering – Civil & Structural
  • Engineering – Electrical & Electronic
  • Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics & Astronomy

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford follows in third place, with four top-spot subjects:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Archaeology
  • English Language & Literature
  • Geography

And the rest…

The rest of the institutions in the subject ranking, which picked up a number one spot, grouped by country, are:


  • Colorado School of Mines for Engineering – Mineral & Mining
  • Juilliard School for Performing Arts
  • University of California, Berkeley for Environmental Sciences
  • University of California, Davis  for Veterinary Science
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas for Hospitality & Leisure Management
  • University of Pennsylvania for Nursing
  • University of Pittsburgh for Philosophy
  • University of Southern California for Communication & Media Studies

The UK

  • Royal College of Art for Art and Design
  • University of Sussex for Development Studies
  • UCL Institute of Education for Education


ETH Zurich for Earth & Marine Sciences

The Netherlands

Wageningen University for Agriculture & Forestry

Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong for Dentistry

Joint UK and Australia

Loughborough University and the University of Sydney for Sports-related Subjects

Take a look at the full university ranking for a more comprehensive look at the results.