QS by Subject 2020: Top Marks for UZH

The University of Zurich has again achieved excellent rankings in several fields and subjects in this year's QS Ranking by Subject. Especially in the subjects Veterinary Science (8th), Anatomy & Physiology (11th), Dentistry (12th) and Communication & Media Studies (18th) UZH can hold its own worldwide.

In the latest QS World University Ranking by Subject, the University of Zurich has consolidated its excellent standing in three out of five fields:  UZH ranks 43rd in Life Sciences and Medicine, and 66th in Social Sciences. In the Arts and Humanities, UZH also achieved a ranking among the 100 best universities worldwide (76th).

UZH ranks among the top 50 in nine subject rankings: The best results were achieved in Veterinary Science (8th, collaborative Faculty of the University of Bern and UZH), Anatomy & Physiology (11th), Dentistry (12th) and Communication & Media Studies (18th). But UZH is also listed among the 50 best universities in the world in Classics & Ancient History (23rd), Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies (31st), Economics & Econometrics (32nd), Linguistics (37th), Psychology (47th) and Biological Sciences (45th). Within Switzerland, the University of Zurich is number one for 15 subjects.

QS World University Rankings by Subject

The ranking, named after its publisher Quacquarelli Symonds, compares higher education institutions in a total of 48 individual subjects and five fields. UZH was assessed in 32 subjects.

The QS World University Rankings has been comparing global higher education institutions since 2004 and, alongside the Times Higher Education Ranking, is one of the most well-known and prestigious higher education rankings in the world. In addition to this ranking, the annual subject-specific QS World University Rankings by Subject has been published since 2011. Unlike the institutional ranking, this one assesses the individual subjects rather than the university as a whole. It develops best-of lists for each subject using four indicators (citations in academic papers, H-index and reputational surveys among employers and academic peers). The indicators’ weighting and length of the list differ depending on the subject.