Shanghai Ranking 2016: top universities for social sciences

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

For the tenth year, Harvard University has come top in ShanghaiRanking’s ARWU-FIELD for Social Sciences 2016.

Almost half of the 200 universities in the ranking are American institutions, and all but four of the top 20 are in the United States.

The UK and Canada also make an appearance in the top 20; the London School of Economics is the highest ranking UK university at position eight and the University of Toronto just makes it in to take the twentieth spot.

Canadian universities perform particularly well in the social sciences ranking, taking 14 places – more than in any of the other four subject rankings.

Similarly, the Netherlands has 11 universities in the social sciences ranking, compared to less than 10 in the other ARWU-FIELD rankings. Many of these Dutch universities teach the majority of both their undergraduate and graduate courses in English, attracting students from all over the world.

Just 11 Asian universities feature in the top 200, and none rank higher than the 76-100 band. But Australia boasts 11 ranked universities for social sciences, with the University of Melbourne in the country’s highest spot at position 35.


More ShanghaiRanking results:

-Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016: main results
-Shanghai subject ranking 2016 overview
-Full results for natural sciences and mathematics
-Full results for life and agriculture sciences
-Full results for clinical medicine and pharmacy
-Full results for engineering, technology and computer sciences


A total of 23 countries are represented in the social sciences ranking, including Finland, Spain, China and South Africa.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy groups its field rankings into five broad categories. Social sciences includes courses like politics, economics and sociology.

The ranking is based on a number of indicators measuring research excellence at universities, including alumni awards, publications, citations and funding.

Top universities for social sciences: ARWU-FIELD 2016

World Rank

Institution

Country

Region

1

Harvard University

USA

Americas

2

University of Chicago

USA

Americas

3

University of California, Berkeley

USA

Americas

4

Princeton University

USA

Americas

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Americas

6

Columbia University

USA

Americas

7

Stanford University

USA

Americas

8

London School of Economics and Political Science

UK

Europe

9

New York University

USA

Americas

10

University of Oxford

UK

Europe

11

Northwestern University

USA

Americas

12

University of Michigan

USA

Americas

13

University of Pennsylvania

USA

Americas

14

University of Minnesota

USA

Americas

15

Duke University

USA

Americas

16

University of Cambridge

UK

Europe

17

Yale University

USA

Americas

18

Carnegie Mellon University

USA

Americas

19

University of California, Los Angeles

USA

Americas

20

University of Toronto

Canada

Americas

21

University of Texas at Austin

USA

Americas

22

Texas A&M University

USA

Americas

23

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

USA

Americas

24

Cornell University

USA

Americas

25

Ohio State University

USA

Americas

26

University of Washington

USA

Americas

27

University of California, San Diego

USA

Americas

27

Washington University in St Louis

USA

Americas

29

Pennsylvania State University

USA

Americas

30

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

Europe

31

Arizona State University

USA

Americas

32

KU Leuven

Belgium

Europe

32

VU University Amsterdam

Netherlands

Europe

34

University of Maryland, College Park

USA

Americas

35

University of Melbourne

Australia

Asia/Pacific

36

University of Southern California

USA

Americas

37

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

USA

Americas

38

University of Manchester

UK

Europe

39

Dartmouth College

USA

Americas

40

Indiana University

USA

Americas

41

Vanderbilt University

USA

Americas

42

University of Alberta

Canada

Americas

43

University of California, Irvine

USA

Americas

43

University of Sydney

Australia

Asia/Pacific

45

University of Zurich

Switzerland

Europe

46

University of Arizona

USA

Americas

46

Utrecht University

Netherlands

Europe

48

Aarhus University

Denmark

Europe

48

Toulouse School of Economics

France

Europe

50

Copenhagen Business School

Denmark

Europe

51-75

George Mason University

USA

Americas

51-75

Georgia Institute of Technology

USA

Americas

51-75

Johns Hopkins University

USA

Americas

51-75

Leiden University

Netherlands

Europe

51-75

London Business School

UK

Europe

51-75

Lund University

Sweden

Europe

51-75

Michigan State University

USA

Americas

51-75

Temple University

USA

Americas

51-75

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

Asia/Pacific

51-75

University of Georgia

USA

Americas

51-75

University of New South Wales

Australia

Asia/Pacific

51-75

University of Sheffield

UK

Europe

51-75

University of Texas at Dallas

USA

Americas

51-75

University College London

UK

Europe

51-75

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

Europe

51-75

University of British Columbia

Canada

Americas

51-75

University of Essex

UK

Europe

51-75

University of Illinois at Chicago

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Miami

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Notre Dame

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Oslo

Norway

Europe

51-75

University of Warwick

UK

Europe

51-75

University of Wisconsin

USA

Americas

51-75

University of Wollongong

Australia

Asia/Pacific

51-75

Uppsala University

Sweden

Europe

76-100

Boston University

USA

Americas

76-100

Ghent University

Belgium

Europe

76-100

Lancaster University

UK

Europe

76-100

Maastricht University

Netherlands

Europe

76-100

Monash University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

76-100

National University of Singapore

Singapore

Asia/Pacific

76-100

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

Europe

76-100

Purdue University

USA

Americas

76-100

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

USA

Americas

76-100

George Washington University

USA

Americas

76-100

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

76-100

The University of Queensland

Australia

Asia/Pacific

76-100

University of Western Australia

Australia

Asia/Pacific

76-100

University of Arkansas

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Bergen

Norway

Europe

76-100

University of Bonn

Germany

Europe

76-100

University of California, Davis

USA

Americas

76-100

University of California, Santa Barbara

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Colorado Boulder

USA

Americas

76-100

University of East Anglia

UK

Europe

76-100

University of Florida

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Groningen

Netherlands

Europe

76-100

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Pittsburgh

USA

Americas

76-100

University of Virginia

USA

Americas

101-150

Boston College

USA

Americas

101-150

Brown University

USA

Americas

101-150

City  University of Hong Kong

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Drexel University

USA

Americas

101-150

Durham University

UK

Europe

101-150

Emory University

USA

Americas

101-150

European University Institute

Italy

Europe

101-150

Florida State University

USA

Americas

101-150

Free University of Berlin

Germany

Europe

101-150

Georgetown University

USA

Americas

101-150

Georgia State University

USA

Americas

101-150

Griffith University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

King's College London

UK

Europe

101-150

McGill University

Canada

Americas

101-150

McMaster University

Canada

Americas

101-150

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Northeastern University

USA

Americas

101-150

Peking University

China

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Radboud University Nijmegen

Netherlands

Europe

101-150

Rice University

USA

Americas

101-150

Simon Fraser University

Canada

Americas

101-150

Stockholm University

Sweden

Europe

101-150

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

Europe

101-150

Tel Aviv University

Israel

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Australian National University

Australia

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Chinese University of Hong Kong

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

101-150

Imperial College London

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Edinburgh

UK

Europe

101-150

Tilburg University

Netherlands

Europe

101-150

University at Buffalo

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Birmingham

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Connecticut

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Europe

101-150

University of Gothenburg

Sweden

Europe

101-150

University of Houston

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Konstanz

Germany

Europe

101-150

University of Leeds

UK

Europe

101-150

University of Missouri

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Montreal

Canada

Americas

101-150

LMU Munich

Germany

Europe

101-150

University of New Hampshire - Durham

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Nottingham

UK

Europe

101-150

University of South Carolina

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Sussex

UK

Europe

101-150

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

Africas

101-150

University of Utah

USA

Americas

101-150

University of Victoria

Canada

Americas

101-150

Wageningen University & Research

Netherlands

Europe

101-150

Washington State University

USA

Americas

151-200

Aalto University

Finland

Europe

151-200

American University

USA

Americas

151-200

Brigham Young University

USA

Americas

151-200

Cardiff University

UK

Europe

151-200

Case Western Reserve University

USA

Americas

151-200

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

Europe

151-200

Iowa State University

USA

Americas

151-200

National Taiwan University

China-tw

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Newcastle University

UK

Europe

151-200

Queen's University

Canada

Americas

151-200

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

Sun Yat-sen University

China

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Adelaide

Australia

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Auckland

New Zealand

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Calgary

Canada

Americas

151-200

University of Hong Kong

China-hk

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of New Mexico

USA

Americas

151-200

Tufts University

USA

Americas

151-200

State University of New York Albany

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Antwerp

Belgium

Europe

151-200

University of Bristol

UK

Europe

151-200

University of California, San Francisco

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Central Florida

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Cincinnati

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Exeter

UK

Europe

151-200

Goethe University Frankfurt

Germany

Europe

151-200

University of Haifa

Israel

Asia/Pacific

151-200

University of Iowa

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Kansas

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Kentucky

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Koeln

Germany

Europe

151-200

University of Lausanne

Switzerland

Europe

151-200

University of Mannheim

Germany

Europe

151-200

University of Massachusetts

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Oklahoma

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Oregon

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Ottawa

Canada

Americas

151-200

University of Rochester

USA

Americas

151-200

University of South Florida

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Southampton

UK

Europe

151-200

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Vienna

Austria

Europe

151-200

University of Waterloo

Canada

Americas

151-200

University of York

UK

Europe

151-200

Utah State University

USA

Americas

151-200

Virginia Commonwealth University

USA

Americas

151-200

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

USA

Americas

151-200

University of Western Ontario

Canada

Americas

151-200

York University

Canada

Americas

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