QS Ranking by Subject 2015

Eleven subjects in the Top 100, three in the Top 50 and, for the first time, one in the Top 20 in the world: the University of Zurich performed well in the latest subject-specific QS Rankings.

In the annual subject-specific QS Rankings, top lists are compiled for individual disciplines. This year, a total of 36 subjects were evaluated at more than 3,500 universities worldwide. Once again, many of the University of Zurich’s degree courses also featured this year, with the medical disciplines leading the way. In 19th place, dentistry became its first subject to make the Top 20 in the world. Veterinary science (32nd) and medicine (45th) also ranked among the Top 50, and eight other degree courses, including linguistics, geography, biology and economics, were also named in the Top 100 for their subject. In all, 26 subjects at the University of Zurich were evaluated, 24 of which were classed among the best 200 in their field.     

Number one Ten Subjects in Switzerland

And the University of Zurich performed well compared to the rest of Switzerland. Ten subjects in all finished first in the country, including psychology, communication science and law. Four subjects came second, followed by five in third place. Overall, the University of Zurich is in a similarly good position compared to last year.

The overall ranking and the detailed methodology can be viewed online at http://www.topuniversities.com.

QS World University Rankings by Subject

Named after the editor Quacquarelli Symonds, the QS World University Rankings have been evaluating universities since 2004 and, along with the THE Ranking, are among the world’s most famous university rankings. The QS World University Rankings by Subject have also been conducted annually since 2011. In contrast to the institutional rankings, it is not the university that is assessed here, but individual subjects. Top lists are compiled based on four indicators (citations of scientific papers, H index and reputation surveys among scientists and employers). The weighting of the indicators and the length of the top lists vary depending on the subject.