Shanghai Ranking 2016: top universities for natural sciences and mathematics

Academic Ranking of World Universities reveals its top universities for natural sciences and mathematics according to the 2016 subject ranking league tables, known as the ARWU-FIELD rankings
September 7 2016

For the third year in a row, UC Berkeley in California has taken the top spot in ShanghaiRanking’s natural sciences and mathematics category in the ARWU-FIELD 2016.

The ranking results reveal the 200 best universities for physical sciences and maths in 2016.

All of the top six universities are in the United States, with one UK university, one Japanese university, one Swiss university and another American university completing the top 10.

Oxford and Cambridge are the UK’s highest ranked universities, at positions 13 and seven respectively.

The top university in Asia is the University of Tokyo in eighth place, followed by another Japanese university – the University of Kyoto – just outside the top 20.


More ShanghaiRanking results:

-Shanghai subject ranking 2016 overview
-Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016: main results

-Full results for life and agriculture sciences
-Full results for engineering, technology and computer sciences
-Full results for clinical medicine and pharmacy
-Full results for social sciences


In total, 27 countries are represented in the science and maths ranking. Although none feature in the top 20, China’s universities are second only to the United States for the highest number of universities in the ranking overall.

For students looking to study physics, chemistry, maths or related subjects, opportunities to attend a top university are spread all over the world; there is a fairly even spread of top-200 universities across Europe, Americas and Asia/Pacific regions.

Five broad subject rankings were released on Thursday 8 September 2016 (Beijing time) as part of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The ranking methodology uses a number of indicators to rank 200 universities for each of the five disciplines. These indicators include alumni prize-winners and research publications in top journals.

Top universities for Natural Sciences and Mathematics: ARWU-FIELD 2016

World Rank

Institution

Country

Region

1

University of California, Berkeley

USA

Americas

2

Stanford University

USA

Americas

3

Princeton University

USA

Americas

4

Harvard University

USA

Americas

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

USA

Americas

6

California Institute of Technology

USA

Americas

7

University of Cambridge

UK

Europe

8

University of Tokyo

Japan

Asia/Pacific

9

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

Europe

10

University of California, Los Angeles

USA

Americas

11

University of Colorado Boulder

USA

Americas

12

Columbia University

USA

Americas

13

University of Oxford

UK

Europe

14

Pierre and Marie Curie University

France

Europe

15

University of California, Santa Barbara

USA

Americas

16

Northwestern University

USA

Americas

17

Cornell University

USA

Americas

18

University of Chicago

USA

Americas

19

University of Michigan

USA

Americas

20

Yale University

USA

Americas

21

Kyoto University

Japan

Asia/Pacific

22

Peking University

China

Asia/Pacific

23

Johns Hopkins University

USA

Americas

24

The University of Manchester

UK

Europe

25

Paris-Sud University

France

Europe

26

University of Washington

USA

Americas

27

University of Wisconsin-Madison

USA

Americas

28

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

USA

Americas

29

Imperial College London

UK

Europe

29

University of Science and Technology of China

China

Asia/Pacific

31

Rice University

USA

Americas

32

King Abdulaziz University

Saudi Arabia

Asia/Pacific

33

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Europe

34

Duke University

USA

Americas

35

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

Europe

36

Nagoya University

Japan

Asia/Pacific

36

University of Edinburgh

UK

Europe

36

University of California, San Diego

USA

Americas

39

Heidelberg University

Germany

Europe

40

University of Texas at Austin

USA

Americas

41

University of Geneva

Switzerland

Europe

42

University of California, Irvine

USA

Americas

43

Tsinghua University

China

Asia/Pacific

44

Georgia Institute of Technology

USA

Americas

44

Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Israel

Asia/Pacific

44

LMU Munich

Germany

Europe

47

University of Pennsylvania

USA

Americas

48

University of Minnesota

USA

Americas

49

Pennsylvania State University

USA

Americas

50

Purdue University

USA

Americas

51-75

Durham University

UK

Europe

51-75

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Germany

Europe

51-75

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russia

Europe

51-75

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Asia/Pacific

51-75

National University of Singapore

Singapore

Asia/Pacific

51-75

Osaka University

Japan

Asia/Pacific

51-75

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

USA

Americas

51-75

Texas A&M University

USA

Americas

51-75

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

Asia/Pacific

51-75

Tohoku University

Japan

Asia/Pacific

51-75

University College London

UK

Europe

51-75

University of Arizona

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Bern

Switzerland

Europe

51-75

University of Bonn

Germany

Europe

51-75

University of British Columbia

Canada

Americas

51-75

University of California, Riverside

USA

Americas

51-75

University of California, Santa Cruz

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Maryland, College Park

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Massachusetts

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Strasbourg

France

Europe

51-75

University of Toronto

Canada

Americas

51-75

University of Warwick

UK

Europe

51-75

Utrecht University

Netherlands

Europe

51-75

Weizmann Institute of Science

Israel

Asia/Pacific

51-75

Zhejiang University

China

Asia/Pacific

76-100

Aix-Marseille University

France

Europe

76-100

Boston University

USA

Americas

76-100

Brown University

USA

Americas

76-100

Carnegie Mellon University

USA

Americas

76-100

École Normale Supérieure

France

Europe

76-100

École Polytechnique

France

Europe

76-100

Fudan University

China

Asia/Pacific

76-100

McGill University

Canada

Americas

76-100

Michigan State University

USA

Americas

76-100

Nanjing University

China

Asia/Pacific

76-100

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

Europe

76-100

Seoul National University

South Korea

Asia/Pacific

76-100

Sun Yat-sen University

China

Asia/Pacific

76-100

Technical University of Munich

Germany

Europe

76-100

Ohio State University

USA

Americas

76-100

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

Asia/Pacific

76-100

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Germany

Europe

76-100

University of Florida

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Helsinki

Finland

Europe

76-100

University of Notre Dame

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Southampton

UK

Europe

76-100

University of Southern California

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Wuerzburg

Germany

Europe

76-100

Paris Diderot University – Paris 7

France

Europe

76-100

Uppsala University

Sweden

Europe

101-150

Aarhus University

Denmark

Europe

101-150

Autonomous University of Madrid

Spain

Europe

101-150

City  University of Hong Kong

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Curtin University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Dalian University of Technology

China

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

Europe

101-150

Ghent University

Belgium

Europe

101-150

Indian Institute of Science

India

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Iowa State University

USA

Americas

101-150

Joseph Fourier University

France

Europe

101-150

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Saudi Arabia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

King's College London

UK

Europe

101-150

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Korea University

South Korea

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Lanzhou University

China

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Monash University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

New York University

USA

Americas

101-150

Northeastern University

USA

Americas

101-150

Radboud University Nijmegen

Netherlands

Europe

101-150

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Soochow University

China

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Stockholm University

Sweden

Europe

101-150

Australian National University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

101-150

University of Glasgow

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Melbourne

Australia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Université libre de Bruxelles

Belgium

Europe

101-150

University of Barcelona

Spain

Europe

101-150

University of Bologna

Italy

Europe

101-150

University of Bordeaux

France

Europe

101-150

University of Bristol

UK

Europe

101-150

University of California, Davis

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Exeter

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Groningen

Netherlands

Europe

101-150

University of Hamburg

Germany

Europe

101-150

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Innsbruck

Austria

Europe

101-150

University of Iowa

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Leeds

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Münster

Germany

Europe

101-150

University of Nottingham

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Santiago de Compostela

Spain

Europe

101-150

University of São Paulo

Brazil

Americas

101-150

University of Stuttgart

Germany

Europe

101-150

University of Sussex

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Victoria

Canada

Americas

101-150

University of Vienna

Austria

Europe

101-150

University of Zurich

Switzerland

Europe

101-150

Xiamen University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Arizona State University

USA

Americas

151-200

Beihang University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Beijing Normal University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1

France

Europe

151-200

Colorado State University

USA

Americas

151-200

East China University of Science and Technology

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Florida State University

USA

Americas

151-200

Hokkaido University

Japan

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Hunan University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Jilin University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

King Saud University

Saudi Arabia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Kyushu University

Japan

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Macquarie University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

National Taiwan University

China-tw

Asia/Pacific

151-200

National Tsing Hua University

China-tw

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Northeast Normal University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Pohang University of Science and Technology

South Korea

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Polytechnic University of Valencia

Spain

Europe

151-200

Sapienza University of Rome

Italy

Europe

151-200

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Chinese University of Hong Kong

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Adelaide

Australia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Hong Kong

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of New Mexico

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Queensland

Australia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Reading

UK

Europe

151-200

University at Buffalo

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Delaware

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Florence

Italy

Europe

151-200

Goethe University Frankfurt

Germany

Europe

151-200

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Germany

Europe

151-200

University of Göttingen

Germany

Europe

151-200

University of Houston

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Miami

USA

Americas

151-200

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Oslo

Norway

Europe

151-200

University of Padua

Italy

Europe

151-200

University of Pisa

Italy

Europe

151-200

University of Pittsburgh

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Rochester

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Rostock

Germany

Europe

151-200

University of Sydney

Australia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Trieste

Italy

Europe

151-200

University of Valencia

Spain

Europe

151-200

University of Zaragoza

Spain

Europe

151-200

Vanderbilt University

USA

Americas

151-200

VU University Amsterdam

Netherlands

Europe

151-200

Xi’an Jiaotong University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Yonsei University

South Korea

Asia/Pacific

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