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UCL and King’s top subject categories in QS World University Rankings 2020

The University of London’s member institutions perform strongly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Written by Peter Quinn |

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The University’s member institutions appear in the top 10 of exactly half of the 48 individual subject tables.

The University of London’s member institutions have once again performed exceptionally well in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 which were published last week, appearing in the top 10 of exactly half of the 48 individual subject tables.

UCL secured the top spot in ‘Education’ for the seventh year running, while King’s College London ranked first in ‘Dentistry’. 

UCL Institute of Education's interim Director, Professor Sue Rogers, said: “The achievement of world number 1 in education for the seventh year in a row is a truly outstanding result for the IOE and reflects the world-leading calibre and dedication of our academic community. My thanks and congratulations go to IOE colleagues, our students and alumni, and to the partners we work with, for their part in this success.”

UCL secured a top 10 place in an additional eight subject tables, namely Anatomy & Physiology (5th), Anthropology (joint 4th), Archaeology (3rd), Architecture/Built Environment (3rd), Geography (8th), Medicine (8th), Pharmacy & Pharmacology (5th) and Psychology (7th). In addition to ranking first in ‘Dentistry’, King’s appeared in the top 10 of an additional two categories, ‘Nursing’ (2nd) and ‘Philosophy’ (8th).

LSE featured most frequently of all the member institutions, appearing in the top 10 of 13 subject tables: Accounting & Finance (4th), Anthropology (8th), Business & Management Studies (10th), Communication & Media Studies (3rd), Development Studies (4th), Economics & Econometrics (joint 5th), Geography (2nd), History (5th), Law (6th), Philosophy (5th), Politics & International Studies (5th), Social Policy & Administration (3rd), and Sociology (3rd). 

Other member institutions that featured in the top 10 include Goldsmiths, University of London (7th in ‘Communication and Media Studies’); London Business School (3rd in ‘Business & Management Studies’); the Royal Academy of Music (4th in ‘Performing Arts’); the Royal Veterinary College (2nd in Veterinary Science), and SOAS (joint 6th in ‘Development Studies’).

The rankings highlight the world’s top-performing universities in 48 academic subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.