ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018: results

ShanghaiRanking has released its league table of academic subjects, ranking universities from all over the world in 54 subject areas

July 20 2018
ShanghaiRanking 2018

ShanghaiRanking have released the results of their 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, which shows the best performing universities across 54 different subjects. 

In total, more than 4,000 universities were ranked in five different fields: the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. This is the second year ShanghaiRanking have published the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, but the consultancy has been ranking international universities since 2003, and has ranked universities by academic fields since 2007. 

This year’s survey is the most expansive to date, considering more subjects than ever before.

Universities from the United States have once again topped the tables, taking 35 of the top positions across the 54 subjects, three more than the country held last year. The next best performing universities are from China (including Hong Kong), where nine institutions have taken first place, followed by the Netherlands, where three universities have been ranked in top positions.

The UK continues to hold two top positions with geography at the University of Oxford, and mechanical engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Harvard University remains the best performing individual institution, taking the top spot in 17 subjects – two more than last year – with nine in the field of social sciences, and four within medical sciences. The second best institution this year is Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has once again topped five different subjects, four of which are related to engineering.

Other universities which have been ranked as first in more than one subject this year include the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado Boulder, Wageningen University and Research, and Nanyang Technological University.

Universities from 83 different countries and regions were published in the latest release. When including universities which didn’t make the top spot for their subjects, universities from the United States appear in the rankings a total of 4,661 times. Chinese universities appear 2,171 times, and universities from the United Kingdom appear 1,487 times.

ShanghaiRanking determined their results by measuring the quantity, quality, and impact of research at each institution, as well as the extent of international collaboration and the number of staff recognised with awards. The full methodology is available here, and the full table of results is listed below.


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ShanghaiRanking’s top universities across 54 subjects 2018

Fields

Subject

Institution

Country/Region

Natural Sciences

Mathematics

Princeton University

USA

Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Chemistry

University of California, Berkeley

USA

Earth sciences

University of Colorado Boulder

USA

Geography

University of Oxford

UK

Ecology

Montpellier University

France

Oceanography

University of Washington

USA

Atmospheric science

University of Colorado Boulder

USA

Engineering

Mechanical engineering

University of Cambridge

UK

Electrical and electronic engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Automation and control

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

USA

Telecommunication engineering

Tsinghua University

China

Instruments science and technology

Harbin Institute of Technology

China

Biomedical engineering

Harvard University

USA

Computer science and engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Civil engineering

Tongji University

China

Chemical engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Materials science and engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Nanoscience  and nanotechnology

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Energy science and engineering

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Environmental science and engineering

Stanford University

USA

Water resources

University of Arizona

USA

Food science and technology

Wageningen University & Research

Netherlands

Biotechnology

Harvard University

USA

Aerospace engineering

Beihang University

China

Marine/ocean engineering

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

Transportation science and technology

Beijing Jiaotong University

China

Remote sensing

Wuhan University

China

Mining and mineral engineering

University of Queensland

Australia

Metallurgical engineering

University of Science and Technology Beijing

China

Life Sciences

Biological sciences

Harvard University

USA

Human biological sciences

Harvard University

USA

Agricultural sciences

Wageningen University & Research

Netherlands

Veterinary sciences

Ghent University

Belgium

Medical Sciences

Clinical medicine

Harvard University

USA

Public health

Harvard University

USA

Dentistry and oral sciences

University of Michigan

USA

Nursing

University of Pennsylvania

USA

Medical technology

Harvard University

USA

Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences

Harvard University

USA

Social Sciences

Economics

Harvard University

USA

Statistics

Harvard University

USA

Law

Harvard University

USA

Political sciences

Harvard University

USA

Sociology

Harvard University

USA

Education

Harvard University

USA

Communication

Ohio State University

USA

Psychology

Harvard University

USA

Business administration

University of Pennsylvania

USA

Finance

New York University

USA

Management

Harvard University

USA

Public administration

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

Hospitality and tourism management

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

Library and information science

Harvard University

USA

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