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Seventeen subjects at the University of Exeter are positioned in the world’s top 100 – with 10 in the top 50 – in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings.

Subjects from both Science and Arts and Humanities at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to an influential global league table.   

Seventeen subjects are now positioned in the world’s top 100 – with 10 in the top 50 – in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings, published on Wednesday April 10th, 2024.   

The highest ranked subject is Mineral and Mining Engineering which is placed 14th=  in the world, rising one place over last year’s position.

Elsewhere, the University’s Sports-Related Subjects (27th),  Geophysics (30th),  Geology (34th),  Classics and Ancient History (34th), Geography (=37th), Archaeology (44th),  Environmental Sciences (=39th), Earth and Marine Sciences (=40th) and English Language and Literature (46th) all feature in the elite Top 50 grouping.   

Other notable entries include History, Philosophy, Theology, Politics & International Studies, Anatomy & Physiology, Psychology, and Nursing which all feature within the global Top 100.    

The University also has at least one top 100 subject in each of the ‘Subject Areas’ that map onto three Faculties – Environment, Science and Economy, Health and Life Sciences, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Arts and Humanities is the highest overall broad subject ranking, placed 94th

The 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today by global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds, provides independent comparative analysis on the performance of more than 16,400 individual university programmes, taken by students at more than 1500 universities in 96 locations around the world, across 55 academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas.

QS uses five key metrics to compile the subject rankings. Reputation indicators are based on the responses of more than 240,000 employers and academics to QS surveys while Citations per Paper and H-Index measure research impact and productivity. International Research Network (IRN) is used to assess cross-border research collaboration.