China Subject Ratings 2023: Physical Science

The Times Higher Education China Subject Ratings are the only performance tables that judge Chinese institutions against their global peers based on the Chinese Ministry of Education’s classification of subjects.

The ratings for physical science reveal performance across 13 subjects: astronomy; atmospheric sciences; biology; chemistry; ecology; geography; geology; geophysics; marine sciences; mathematics; physics; statistics; and systems sciences.

In total, 1,439 universities worldwide receive a rating for at least one subject in the physical science pillar.

View the China Subject Ratings 2023 methodology

Ten universities achieve an A+ grade in all 13 of the physical science subjects: Sorbonne University; the University of Tokyo; the University of British Columbia; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Cambridge; the University of Oxford; the University of Toronto; the University of Washington; and Harvard University

Peking University is the top-performing institution in mainland China, achieving 11 A+ grades for physical science.

Read our analysis of the China Subject Ratings 2023

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